MPCA 40th Annual Conference: "40 Years of Change, 40 Years of Opportunity"
October 24, 25, and 26 at at the Kent Island Resort
Conference Materials and Recordings
Planning Commissioners Training Course
In partnership with the Maryland Department of Planning the MPCA offers a free Planning Commissioner Training Course online at the
Online Training Page.
Serving the citizen planner since 1983
The Maryland Planning Commissioners Association (MPCA) is a statewide, nonprofit educational organization of municipal, county and regional planning commissioners and boards of zoning appeals members. MPCA members work to improve the quality of life for all Marylanders through planning, environmental protection, historic preservation, and growth management
MPCA promotes better planning and plan implementation by:
- Fostering communication and sharing information to improve planning practices and procedures;
- Promoting public interest in municipal, county, regional, and state planning issues;
- Encouraging increased planning coordination and cooperation within Maryland; and
- Providing regional and statewide workshops on planning and zoning issues of mutual interest and concern.
Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Baltimore, the MPCA is dedicated to the continuing education and professionalism of those who serve as members of planning commissions, planning boards and boards of appeals. Many of those are citizen planners who serve as volunteers. All members of a planning commission or board and/or board of appeals in Maryland counties and municipalities (incorporated cities, towns and villages) that exercise planning authority are members of the MPCA.
MPCA Regional Workshops
Last Workshop Held July 16, 2021: Mastering the Master Plan
MPCA initiated a regional workshop program to engage with citizen planners and staff around the state. The organization will conduct workshops every winter, spring, and summer; reserving the fall for the annual conference. Visit the
Regional Workshop page for upcoming meetings and summaries of past workshops.