​Maryland Planning Commissioners Association

​36th MPCA Annual Conference-November 2019

November 6-7, 2019
The Holiday Inn Express
Aberdeen, Maryland
The conference theme was Meeting the Trends,
Embracing the Future




The Maryland Planning Commissioners Association would like to thank everyone who contributed to and attended its 36th annual conference in Aberdeen on November 6 and 7. City and county staff and officials warmly welcomed citizen and professional planners from around the state and highlighted the great strides being made in planning and community development in their communities. If you have any questions about the MPCA, or want to get involved, please contact Joe Griffiths at joseph.griffiths@maryland.gov.

The Presentations

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Planning Commissioners Education Course

Aberdeen Planning Overview

Phyllis Grover, Director of Planning and Community Development,
City of Aberdeen


Open Meetings Act

Frank Johnson, Deputy City Attorney, City of Gaithersburg


Housing Future Trends

Ivy Dench-Carter, Pennrose Developers; Lisa Govoni, Montgomery County; Gregory Hare, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development; Kathleen Maher, City of Hagerstown; Miguel Salinas, Talbot County;
Ed Steere, Valbridge Property Advisors;
Sarah Lipkin Sularz, Maryland Department of Planning


Working with the Public for Positive Results

Kristin O’Connor, Howard County; Shane Grimm, City of Havre Grace;
Stephanie Smith, City of Baltimore


Planning Ethics and Ex Parte Communications

Robert McCord, Secretary, Maryland Department of Planning


Leveraging Layered Incentives for Community Development

Avram Fechter, Equity Plus; Andy Fish, Maryland Department of Commerce; Laurel Passera, Coalition for Community Access


The Secrets of Successful Communities

Bill Butts., MPCA Vice President



Nuts and Bolts and Nuance of Being a Planning Commissioner 

Roxanne Hemphill, MPCA Secretary



 MPCA Organizational Update, 2019




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