Maryland APA

The Maryland Chapter of the American Planning Association

Welcome to the Maryland Chapter of the American Planning Association's Website. Our mission is to make great communities happen in Maryland by offering continuing professional development and other valuable services to our members that will enable them to excel in their practice. We advocate for excellence in planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing our members with the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change. We hold a biennial conference, produce a regular newsletter, and offer regular educational and networking opportunities to our members across the state.




Wednesday, June 27, 2018

8:00 AM - 4:45 PM

Pip Moyer Recreation Center

273 Hilltop Lane

Annapolis, MD, 21403 United States (map)

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The Maryland Chapter of APA invites you to join us for our annual meeting and one day conference on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. The event will be held at the Pip Moyer Community Recreation Center, 273 Hilltop Lane in Annapolis.

This all day event will offer 6 AICP CM credits, includes 1.5 Law and 1.5 Ethics Credits.

Tickets are $25/person, which includes lunch, catered by Naval Bagels. *Please indicate if you need a vegetarian lunch, otherwise a non-vegetarian option will be available.



8:00AM to 8:45AM Registration/ Continental Breakfast
8:45AM to 9:00AM Introductions
9:00AM to 10:00AM Annual Meeting of the Membership
10:00AM to 11:00AM A&E Districts and Public Art (MSAC)
11:15AM to 12:15PM Planning for Inclusive Communities
12:15PM – 2:00PM Lunch and Tackling Ethical Challenges
2:00PM to 3:00PM A Better Maryland discussion
3:15PM to 4:45PM Law CM Session - Topic TBD


The day will begin with the MD APA Chapter Annual Meeting. During the meeting, we will discuss amending the bylaws. Proposed changes will be sent to chapter members.


10:00AM-11:00AM A&E Districts and Public Art (MSAC): Liesel Fenner, Steven Skerritt-Davis / CM credit 1

In this session, Maryland State Arts Council Program Directors present on two statewide initiatives, the Maryland Public Art Initiative and Arts & Entertainment (A&E) District programs. Participants will learn about the recently passed legislative percent-for-art program integrating public art in new state buildings and the multi disciplinary art and design teams implementing projects throughout Maryland. The session will also cover the legislative origins and tax incentive opportunities available for developers, artists, and arts organizations in A&E districts and how the program has been successfully implemented in a variety of urban, suburban, and rural settings throughout the state. A case study at the intersection of the two programs to create walkable linkages between cultural institutions and a business improvement district in Hagerstown will be discussed with time for questions and answers about accessing these programs.

11:15AM-12:15PM Planning for Inclusive Communities: Lisa Sturtevant, PhD, Ryan Price, Ellen Harpel, PhD, Michael A. Spotts / CM credit 1

We as planners know our communities are changing, but how can we anticipate change and develop strategies so that all residents and workers in our community benefit from investments? This session will provide examples from Maryland and across the country for ways to plan for inclusive and sustainable development over the long term.

Since the Great Recession, labor markets have shifted, the cost of housing continues to rise, and many are priced out of areas with the best access to jobs and amenities. Incomes for many workers have been stagnant, and the limited availability of affordable and workforce housing continues to pull households away from job opportunities and existing community networks. At the same time, there is increased competition among counties and cities to attract businesses and workers by investing in infrastructure, services and amenities; however, economic development incentives often miss the opportunities to ensure broadly shared prosperity.

This session will highlight integrated strategies local governments can take to facilitate inclusive economic development. From land use and zoning tools, to business attraction and workforce development, to transit and transportation planning, local planners can be at the forefront of developing policies and plans that can help build inclusive and diverse communities.

The session’s panel brings together four local and national experts on housing policy, economic development, affordable housing finance, and land use planning and community development. The goal of the session is to provide attendees with a better understanding of the importance of inclusive communities and to give concrete examples of ways local jurisdictions can develop inclusive and integrated land use, economic development, housing and transportation policies and plans.

12:15PM-2:00PM Lunch with Ethics Skits: Patricia Haddon, Olivia Vidotto / CM ethics credit 1.5

The Maryland Thespians will use skits to demonstrate some of the challenges professional planners face in their daily work. While many times the ethical choice is obvious, there are decisions planners make every day where the ethical choice is not so obvious, where aspirational principles compete with each other. The Maryland Thespians will use humor to demonstrate these challenges. Planners will observe some situations where they must navigate through difficult relationships and chose their paths with care and tactfulness. This training is designed to teach Planners to be thoughtful in their interactions.

Two skits will be presented, each followed by facilitated discussion where the AICP Code of Ethics will be used to evaluate our actors’ behaviors and choices. One scenario will focus will focus on how planners balance fair housing obligations and the need for affordable housing with the public involvement in the development process. The other, on a public sector planner transitioning to the private sector. Audience participation is required!

2:00PM-3:00PM A Better Maryland Discussion / CM Credit 1

This session will serve to both inform Chapter members about the "A Better Maryland" planning process and allow members to give feedback that will help MDP further refine its analysis and establish preliminary recommendations for the next round of outreach. Members will learn strategies for collecting citizen input, including a live demonstration of instant polling technology.

3:15PM-4:45PM Law CM Session TBD / CM Law Credit 1.5

This session offers a review of two current movements trending nationally - the YIMBY movement and the form-based code movement. The first part of the session will highlight the recent growth of "Yes In My Back Yard" groups, summarizing the views YIMBY members have expressed, and describing some of the civic, legislative, and legal actions they have taken. The second segment will provide an overview of fundamental form-based code principles and highlight several award winning FBCs, including the nearby Columbia Pike Code in Arlington, Virginia. Ultimately, the session will present each topic independently rather than explicitly drawing a connection between the two trends. As each topic is separately presented, however, key aspects will be brought into focus which may suggest certain shared values or potential synergies between the two, aiming to provoke thought, reflection, and discussion amongst attendees.