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The Maryland Chapter of the American Planning Association

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A Better Maryland - Online Sessions

Make Sure Maryland Communities Have Their Say!

You are invited to participate in one of two online listening sessions for the new State development plan, A Better Maryland.  The online sessions are being held Wednesday, May 30, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. 

In August 2017, Governor Hogan issued Executive Order 01.01.2017.20 charging the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) with drafting a new state development plan. Beginning last fall, Planning held listening sessions in every Maryland county and the City of Baltimore, receiving input from residents, elected officials, and local government staff for the plan, called A Better Maryland.

If you were unable to attend one of the listening session meetings, please plan on joining us for one of two online meetings on Wednesday, May 30. Register for a meeting at the links below:

2:00 to 3:30 p.m. session

7:00 to 8:30 p.m. session

In these sessions, attendees will respond to series of polling questions (via their cell phones) and can submit detailed comments related to A Better Maryland.

Please have your charged cell phone with you and help us learn more about the strengths and issues in your community. The polling questions will be answered as you send responses through your phone’s text messaging.  We will guide you through the simple process of joining us for the online session.

A Better Maryland is a collaborative process working with local governments, recognizing common priorities, and identifying strategies and resources for responsible growth and resource protection. The purpose of the online listening sessions is to connect with the public, local governments, state agencies, and other stakeholders across Maryland that were unable to attend one of our events and solicit their feedback on what should be included in the new state development plan. Participants will hear from Planning staff on how A Better Maryland can advance local needs and contribute to collaborative planning across the state.

For information about A Better Maryland, visit the website or contact Chuck Boyd, Director of Planning Services, at