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.


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The Future of Planning: MD APA's Annual Meeting & Conference

  • Pip Moyer Recreation Center 273 Hilltop Lane Annapolis, MD, 21403 United States (map)

The Maryland Chapter of APA invites you to join us for our annual meeting and one day conference on Friday, June 2, 2017. The event will be held at the Moyer Community Recreation Center, 273 Hilltop Lane in Annapolis. 

This all day event will offer 5.5CM credits.  
It is free to attend the annual meeting portion of the event. However, if you wish to stay for the sessions the fee is $25 which includes lunch.  

REGISTER VIA PAYPAL or SNAIL-MAIL (Please note PayPal only accepts one registration at a time):


Meeting & Conference Options
Name & Org. of Attendee

To RSVP the annual meeting and/or 1-day conference without using Paypal, please contact Chapter Treasurer Lauren Good at or (302) 270-6842.  

Payments can be made via check by mailing them to Lauren at the following address:

Maryland APA
c/o KCI Technologies, Inc.
614 N. DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901

8:00 am to 8:45 am        
Registration/ Continental Breakfast

8:45 am to 9:00 am        
Greetings and Introductions – Mike Pantelides, Mayor of Annapolis

9:00 am  to 10:00 am    
Annual meeting of the membership – vote on changes to by-laws and dues

10:00 am  to 11:00  am   
Planning & Engineering Consultants - Friends or Foe?

11:15 am  to 12:15 pm   
Frederick Rising

12:15 pm – 2:00 pm       
Lunch and Tackling Ethical Challenges

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm        
PALS In Action

3:15 pm to 4:15 pm        
Innovations in Planning Technology

4:30 pm   to ?                  
Happy Hour with the Emerging Planners – location to be determined

The day will begin with the MD APA Chapter Annual Meeting.  During the meeting, amending the bylaws, changing the dues, and the election cycles for some of the officers will be voted on.  Additional information on the specific changes will be sent to chapter members.


Planning & Engineering Consultants - Friends or Foe?
Debbie Pfeil & Lauren Good: KCI Technologies
Learn a consultant's role on projects and ensure they are working efficiently for YOU - the Client!  Hear how a consultant can help you and learn whether they can hurt you.  We will also discuss lessons learned from both the consultant and client perspectives.

PALS in Action
Uri Avin, NCSG & Pete Gutwald and Sally Nash City of Annapolis
The Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability (PALS) is a University of Maryland program to help Maryland communities become more environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable by teaming up students, teachers and planners. PALS is designed to provide innovative, low-cost assistance to local governments while creating real-world problem-solving experiences for graduate and undergraduate

Tackling Ethical Challenges
Our “thespians” will use skits to make ethics fun! The skits will explore the ethical challenges faced by professional planners. The scenarios will address the challenges of transitioning from public to private sector employment and the conflicting obligations planners face when balancing fair housing goals and public opinion. Through facilitated discussion, the AICP Code of Ethics will be explored as it relates to actions taken by the planners. Audience participation is required!

Frederick Rising: Trailblazing Towards Balanced, Sustainable and Economically Resilient Communities in and Around the Clustered Spires of Frederick
A panel of planning pioneers, strategic planning experts and community innovators will explore two separate and groundbreaking 21st century planning initiatives currently underway in Frederick, MD: East Frederick Rising and Livable Frederick. These two planning initiatives are bringing into practice a variety of innovative planning practices and techniques that broaden the capability and range of possible outcomes in municipal and county plans. The panel will explore both processes along with the tools & techniques that are or will be used to sound a different note in development of these two projects.

Innovations in Planning Technology
Megan Griffith, Mahan Rykiel & Aviva Brown, SHA
The technology and tools used for enhancing the planning process and interpreting our communities are evolving at a rapid pace. In this session, we will explore how planners can navigate these new innovations with both intention and caution