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Second Round Listening Sessions

The Maryland Department of Planning conducted its second round of community outreach for A Better Maryland, the new state development plan, between October 2018 and January 2019. Using stakeholder feedback from the first round listening sessions (see below), staff developed the draft strategies as discussion topics for the second round.  The project team conducted listening sessions for all interested stakeholders in 12 Maryland communities, with Planning Directors at the Maryland Association of Counties office, at the Maryland Planning Commissioners Association Conference, and online. The links below summarize the comments we received and indicate which topics and strategies those in attendance prioritized.

Frostburg: Lyric Theater, October 9, 2018

Hagerstown Community College, October 10, 2018

Riverdale: Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, October 16, 2018

Princess Anne: Somerset County Commissioners’ Office, October 17, 2018

Waldorf Cultural Center, October 18, 2018

Perryville Town Hall, October 23, 2018

Gaithersburg Community Center, October 24, 2018

Maryland Planning Commissioners Association Conference, October 26, 2018

Easton: Talbot County Community Center, November 1, 2018

Maryland Association of Counties Planning Directors Meeting, November 2, 2018

Baltimore: Morgan State University, Center for the Built Environment and Infrastructure Studies,
November 8, 2018

Columbia: East Columbia Branch Howard County Library, December 13, 2018

Online Session 1, January 10, 2019, 1:00- 2:30 p.m.

Online Session 2, January 10, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

First Round Listening Sessions

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.