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What We’ve Heard

The Maryland Department of Planning conducted its first round of community outreach for A Better Maryland, the new state development plan, between November 2017 and May 2018. We held Listening Session meetings for elected officials, local government staff, and the community in all 23 Maryland counties and Baltimore City.


Questions Asked To Facilitate Discussion

  • What are some barriers to planning in your communities/jurisdictions?
  • What type of planning resources or technical assistance would you like to have to support good planning and a high quality of life in your community?
  • How can the State of Maryland improve coordination with local jurisdictions and with other state agencies to support good planning and a high quality of life in your community?
  • What should be in a State Development Plan? How should it be organized? How can it maintain its utility over the years?
  • What else do you think we should know about your communities/jurisdictions and about how we can do our job better?

We are sharing the remarks and responses that we hear at each of these sessions on this page as they come available. Also see the Online A Better Maryland Survey Results.

Garrett County, November 6, 2017, Listening Sessions

St. Mary’s County, November 28, 2017, Listening Sessions

Wicomico County, November 29, 2017, Listening Sessions

Somerset County, December 12, 2017, Listening Sessions

Worcester County, December 19, 2017, Listening Sessions

Allegany County, December 18, 2017, Listening Sessions

Washington County, January 9, 2018, Listening Sessions

Howard County, January 23, 2018, Listening Sessions

Kent County, January 30, 2018, Listening Sessions

Queen Anne’s County, February 13, 2018, Listening Sessions

Caroline County, February 15, 2018, Listening Sessions

Cecil County, February 27, 2018, Listening Sessions

Harford County, February 28, 2018, Listening Sessions

Carroll County, March 1, 2018, Listening Sessions

Dorchester County, March 6, 2018, Listening Sessions

Baltimore City, March 7, 2018, Listening Sessions

Frederick County, March 13, 2018, Listening Sessions

Talbot County, March 16, 2018, Listening Sessions

Calvert County, March 27, 2018, Listening Sessions

Anne Arundel County, April 4, 2018, Listening Sessions

Baltimore County, March 9 and April 10, 2018, Listening Sessions

Montgomery County, January 8 and April 16, 2018, Listening Sessions

Charles County, April 17, 2018, Listening Sessions

Prince George’s County, March 8, May 9, and June 6, 2018, Listening Sessions

Online Listening Sessions, May 30, 2018


Online Survey Results

For those who were unable to attend one of  our listening sessions, an online survey was open from the fall of 2017 through the spring of 2018. The Results of the A Better Maryland Survey have been posted on the site.

The comments on the above pages represent the statements or points of view of one or more individuals who participated in the Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) “A Better Maryland” Development Plan Listening Sessions. These comments do not represent any official position or policy of MDP or any other State agency, nor do they represent any official position or policy of any local jurisdiction or local planning agency.