​Maryland Planning Commissioners Association

​​​​40th Annual Maryland Planning Commissioners Association Conference

October 24-26, 2023
Kent Island Resport, Maryland
Queen Anne's County

The conference theme was 40 Years of Change, 40 Year​s of Opportunity​ on the Horizon


​​The Maryland Planning Commissioners Association (MPCA) and its Executive Committee would like to thank everyone who contributed to and attended the 40th Annual Conference on October 24-26, 2023.

We were especially delighted to gather in person at the beautiful, historic Kent Island Resort. Special thanks to our Queen Anne’s County hosts, distinguished panelists, speakers, and tour guides for an outstanding training and networking experience. 

The MPCA looks forward to our 2024 annual conference which will be held for the first time in collaboration with APA Maryland. Be sure to watch for announcements about exciting developments on this website and in the digital pages of the MPCA Corner in Planning's e-newsletter, Planning Practice Monthly, in the weeks ahead (to subscribe, click here​.)    

For questions or to get involved, please contact Joe Griffiths, Local Assistance and Training Manager, at joseph.griffiths@maryland.gov.   

Session Presentations and Recordings

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Planning Commissioners Training Course

​​Chuck Boyd, AICP, Director, Planning Coordination, Maryland Department of Planning
Adam Snyer, AICP, Principal Counsel, Maryland Department of Planning
Joe Griffiths, AICP, Manager, Local Assistance and Training, Maryland Department of Planning



​​October 24: Day 1

Opening Meetings Act

April Ishak, City Attorney, Havre de Grace

Frank M. Johnson, Deputy City Attorney, City of Gaithersburg

Conference Welcome

Chris Corchiarino, Queen Anne's County Commissioner


​October 25: Day 2
Plenary Session - 40 years of Change, 40 Years of Opportunity

Deborah Carpenter, Planning Director for Frederick County
Seth Harry, Professional Planner & Architect
Tay Harris, Calvert County Planner
Edward Erfurt, Director of Community Action at Strong Towns


Prophets and Profits: Reusing and Redeveloping Houses of Worship

Rick Reinhard, Principal, Niagara Consulting Group
Dr. J. Howard Kucher, Associate Professor, Graduate School of the University of MD, Baltimore
Reverend Sam Marullo, Ph.D., Deacon, United Methodist Church


Planning for PFAS: Addressing Emerging Contaminants at the County, City and Community Planning Levels

Simon Fong, PE & Project Manager
Joshua Mullis, Deputy Project Manager, PFAS Initial Site Analysis Investigation



Keynote Address

Rebecca L. Flora, AICP, LEED ND / BD+C, Secretary, Maryland Department of Planning


The Maryland Zoning Checkup

Ken Confalone, Chairman, Town of Charlestown Planning Commission
Joe Rogers and David Dahlstrohm, AICP of the Maryland Department of Planning


Inclusion of Native American Perspectives and People in Maryland Planning - 40 Years of Change, 40 Years of Opportunity

Peter Brooks, Former Commissioner of Indian Affairs in Maryland

Peter G. Landeros, Director, Eastern Woodlands Territory Support Band of the American Indian

​ ​Movement & Yacqui tribal member



Establishing an Action Plan: The Key to Unlocking Government Funding

Wes Guckert, PTP, President & CEO, The Traffic Group


​Forestry Guidance to Local Governments

Jason Dubow, Manager, Resource Conservation & Management, MD Department of Planning
Dr. Ann Hariston-Strang, Acting Forester for MD Department of Natural Resources Forest Service
Dan Rider, Program Manager, Maryland Forest Service
Tom Bradshaw, Maryland Forest Service
Charles Rice, Director, Charles County Planning & Zoning​


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​Dinner Address

Sharon Dobson, Queen Anne's County Planning Commission Chair


​​October 26: Day 3 

​Comparative Ethics for the Planning Profession

​​​Sharon Suarez, MPA, AICP, Community Planner
Joe Griffiths, AICP, Manager, Local Assistance and Training, Maryland Department of Planning


Critical Area Commission for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays

Erik Fisher, Chairman, Critical Area Commission
Jennifer Dindinger, Chairperson, Town of Easton Planning Commission
Megan Reiser, Planner IV, Prince George's County Planning Department
Tom Leigh, Vice Chairman, Queen Anne's County Planning Commission

​Achieving Equity in the EV Charging Reliability Act

Brooke Smallwood, Energy Industry Expert


​​Leave No One Behind in an Aging Maryland: Creating a Multisector Plan

Jeanna Crawley, MSW, Deputy Secretary, Maryland Department of Aging


​ ​North Prong Park - A Brownfield History & the Sequel

​​​​Sylvia Mosser, AICP, Planner, Resource & Conservation Management, MD Department of Planning​
Rick Baldwin, Director, Infrastructure and Development, City of Salisbury
Tracey Green Taylor, Planner, Lower Easter Shore Regional Office, MD Department of Planning
Joe Nowak, West Virginia Lead, EPA Region 3 Brownfields Program
Katie See, AICP, Project Lead, WVU TAB EPA Region 3



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