Mid-Atlantic Planning Collaboration

The Mid-Atlantic Planning Collaboration is a joint venture of the Delaware, Maryland, National Capital Area, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia Chapters along with the Chesapeake Bay ProgramMaryland Department of Planning, Maryland Planning Commissioners Association, Rural Planning Caucus of Virginia and West Virginia University's Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic. The intent is to address topics that may be of interest to people involved in planning at all levels across multiple regions.

Thank you all for joining throughout the series!

Next Up:

MAPC Webinar—Zoning Checkup: A Performance Guide for Small and Rural Jurisdictions. Keep your Code Running at Peak Performance

Thursday, December 8th, 2022: 12PM-1PM

[CM Credits Pending]

Strong Codes for Small and Rural Communities – How the Zoning CheckUp can help.

If you are a small or rural jurisdiction with planning authority (zoning), then The Zoning CheckUp is for you. The Zoning CheckUp has been prepared by the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning), Local Assistance and Training (LAT) Section, as a zoning code, or zoning ordinance, review guide for small and rural jurisdictions. Learn how small jurisdictions, many without planning staff, or with limited resources, have evaluated and have improved their zoning codes. In this session, participants will learn how two small jurisdictions used guidance from LAT to evaluate and update their zoning codes to reflect community standards, as well the experiences that LAT encountered while providing technical assistance. The Zoning CheckUp addresses some nuts-and-bolts zoning practices and provides a primer for a variety of planning topic areas. Jurisdictions can choose to review one, or all the available topic areas, such as, maintain the zoning map and zoning ordinance, and updating the zoning ordinance to address missing middle and accessory dwelling units, lot sizes, uses, and parking standards, and other best practices. 

Speakers include Kathleen Billmire, former Town Clerk for the Town of Galena, MD; Calvin Bonenberger, Town Administrator for the Town of Rising Sun, MD; Joe Rogers and David Dahlstrom, AICP, of the Maryland Department of Planning.

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Chesapeake Bay Webinar Series, A Planner's Guide to the Chesapeake Bay

Webinar 1 of 6

This webinar will provide an orientation to the Bay, including geography, population, the Bay program, why it's important for planners to know about the Bay and how local decision-making impacts water resources.


Chesapeake Bay Webinar Series, Plan Integration for Resilience AND Equity

Webinar 2 of 6

Planners have a number of plans for which they are responsible. Two factors, climate resilience and equity, are top-of-mind as we try and integrate planning strategies to provide multiple benefits. The webinar would explore examples of successful plan integration and their relation to building in more resilient approaches to local decision-making.


Chesapeake Bay Webinar Series, Leveraging Hazard Mitigation for Water Quality Benefits

Webinar 3 of 6

Efforts to reduce water pollution can also achieve hazard mitigation plan goals. This webinar will provide examples of how local planners have integrated water quality, such as Green Infrastructure, into their Hazard Mitigation Plans.



Chesapeake Bay Webinar Series, How to Leverage Conservation, Open Space and Parks Funding to Maximize Multiple Benefits

Webinar 4 of 6 

How are localities leveraging conservation, open space and parks funding to maximize economic development, environmental stewardship, and quality of life? This webinar will explore the policies and opportunities that support conservation, recreation and open space at the local level.


Chesapeake Bay Webinar Series, The One Water Approach and How It Benefits the Bay

Webinar 5 of 6 

Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM), aka. the “One Water” approach, has been embraced by APA as a best practice. Clean water goals have a strong connection to the One Water approach. This webinar will present local planning jurisdictions that have taken a One Water approach in ways that minimize environmental impacts and maximize achievement of social and economic goals.


Chesapeake Bay Webinar Series, Smart Growth Tools for Protecting Water Resources

Webinar 6 of 6 


Water quality outcomes are directly tied to land use decisions made by local jurisdictions. This webinar would explore local land use scenarios that lead to triple-bottom-line (economic, social, environmental) results and pose questions on current land use trends watershed-wide that may threaten progress.

Question about this series? Email Laura Bachle, laura.bachle@erg.com


Previously recorded webinars are available through the Collaboration's YouTube Page. 

Mid-Atlantic Planning Collaboration YouTube