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A Better Maryland Initiates Second Round of Community Outreach

Following a summer of analysis and collaboration with our partners, the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) is once again set to traverse the state’s communities and continue the dialogue about A Better Maryland, the new state development plan. The outpouring of community engagement during the first round of 72 listening sessions was exhilarating. Thousands of Marylanders contributed feedback at public meetings and online. We received over 1,700 comments ranging in topics from infrastructure to housing! You can find them on our What We’ve Heard page. Read the rest of this entry »

A Better Maryland Listening Sessions Drawing to a Close

21 out of 24. In the spirit of the NCAA basketball tournament, that equates to an excellent free throw percentage. It could also represent the number of daffodils blooming in your garden this spring. But at the Maryland Department of Planning(Planning), it signifies the counties Planning has visited in its first round of listening sessions for the new A Better Maryland state deveopment plan. 21 out of 24 counties and Baltimore City. Talk about statewide coverage… Read the rest of this entry »

Listening Session held April 10 in Baltimore County

A Better Maryland Reaches Milestone, but the Conversation Continues

Explaining A Better Maryland in Queen Anne’s County

On February 15, at the Wharves of Choptank Visitor Center in Denton, A Better Maryland passed the halfway point in its initial outreach period. The Caroline County listening sessions marked the 13th of 24 (all 23 counties and Baltimore City) engagement events that the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) is conducting through early spring. The purpose of the sessions is to discover how officials, staff, and members of the community think A Better Maryland, the new state development plan, can best assist them in advancing local planning, economic, and community development objectives. Read the rest of this entry »

A Better Maryland Enters a New Year

The Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) is excited to continue our progress made in 2017 as we move A Better Maryland into its next phase pf outreach. The quality and depth of ideas from local staff, officials, and residents has been tremendous. Planning is demonstrating Governor Hogan’s commitment to serving all Marylanders by visiting all 23 counties and Baltimore City because the best way to learn about Maryland’s communities is to visit in person and meet directly with local stakeholders. Read the rest of this entry »

Re-blog: State Development Plan Perspectives Offered at #MACoCon

By Les Knapp, from MACo’s Conduit Street blog, December 12, 2017

County officials received an update on the pending State Development Plan on December 7 at the 2017 MACo Winter Conference. The panel was called “Planning Ahead: Preparing for the New State Development Plan” and was moderated by Wicomico County Council Member Matthew Holloway.

From Left to Right: John Campagna, Gerrit Knaap, Council Member Matt Holloway, and Special Secretary Wendi Peters

Maryland Special Secretary of Smart Growth Wendi Peters stated that the new State Development Plan, called “A Better Maryland,” would be built on local comprehensive plans and focus on: (1) identifying local priorities; (2) improving communication between state agencies; and (3) assessing information needs Read the rest of this entry »

Reblog: Get Involved, Attend A Better Maryland Listening Session

Word cloud in response to the question “What is your community’s greatest strength?” Wicomico listening session

Make sure to express your voice on A Better Maryland when the project team comes to your county. Planning meets with local staff and officials during the day, but the pinnacle of our visits are the evening community listening sessions. Thus far, the public has come prepared. Below are a few of the themes we have been hearing. See the post at the Maryland Planning Blog Read the rest of this entry »

A Better Maryland’s Online Survey Goes Live

Planning Assistance in Action

The Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) recently launched a website at, where stakeholders can review the project purpose and methodology, find out about upcoming listening sessions, read summaries of session input, and complete a survey to express their voice about A Better Maryland. The brief survey will remain open throughout the listening session period and is an excellent avenue for those who would like to share their opinion. Planning designed the outreach process to provide as many avenues for community input as possible and make engagement easy and convenient. Read the rest of this entry »

Reblog: Get Ready for “A Better Maryland” at #MACoCon

by Les Knapp from MACo’s Conduit Street blog

Get up to date on the status of A Better Maryland, the new State Development Plan, at the 2017 MACo Winter Conference.

Planning Ahead: Preparing for the New State Development Plan

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A Better Maryland Kicks off with Listening Sessions in Garrett County

Outreach for A Better Maryland kicked off with enthusiasm in Garrett County on Monday, November 6. Read the rest of this entry »

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