​Maryland Planning Commissioners Association

​38th MPCA Annual Conference-October 2021

October 25-27, 2021
Virtual Conference

The conference theme was Let's Get Back to It!

​​​The Maryland Planning Commissioners Association and Executive Committee would like to thank everyone who contributed to and attended the 38th Annual Conference from October 25-27. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the MPCA offered this conference virtually, and is proud with the outcome. The MPCA looks forward to the time when we can all meet in person again and hopes that all participants have experienced an excellent digital training opportunity. If you have any questions about the MPCA, or want to get involved, please contact Joe Griffiths at joseph.griffiths@maryland.gov​

Session Presentations and Recordings

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October 25: Day 1

Opening Meetings Act

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

April Ishak, City Attorney, Havre de Grace


October 26: Day 2

Expanding Broadband Across Maryland

Charlotte Davis, Executive Director, Rural Maryland Council

John Hartline, Executive Director, Tri-County Council of Southern MD

Matt Teffeau, Government Affairs Manager, Choptank Electric Cooperative

Dee Anna Sobczak, COO, ThinkBig Networks


Leonardtown: A Most Exceptional Place

Laschelle McKay, Town Administrator, Town of Leonardtown



MPCA Keynote Speaker

Lucille Walker, Executive Director, Southern Maryland Heritage Area




Calvert County, MD: Citizen Planning Insights

Major Steve Jones, Chair, Calverty County Planning Commission

Greg Kernan, Member, Calvert County Planning Commission

John Mattingly, Attorney,  Calvert County Attorney's Office



The Benefits of Annual Reporting

Carole Jaar Sepe,l M.A., Frederick County Planning Commission

Denis Supercznyski, AICP, Frederick County Principal Planner, Southern Maryland Heritage Area


October 27: Day 3

Diversity Metrics

Marc Brenman, Author & Managing Partner, IDARE LLC



Sandbagging the Flood: Floodplain Variance Requests & What You Can Do to Help Reduce Flooding in Your Community 

Ke​vin Wagner, City of Frostburg, Board of Zoning Appeals



Citizen Planner Recognitions

S.F.M.A.C                                                    Mayor Michael Benton, Town of North Beach
Cynthia Gross                                            Kimberly Knox, Baltimore City Baltimore Green Network
Jules Dunham                                            Kimberly Knox, Baltimore City Baltimore Planning Dept.
John Schmidt                                       ​      Kathleen Freeman, AICP, Caroline County, Dept. of Planning & Codes



A Planner's Role in Addressing Climate Change

Greg Bowen, Executive Director, American Chestnut Land Trust



Engaging Citizen Planners in Government Planning Exercises

Joe Griffiths                                                           LAT Manager, Maryland Department of Planning

Gary Mauler​                                                           Citizens Advisory Committee, Anne Arundel County

Kipling Reynolds, AICP                                           Division Chief, Community MNCPPC

Victoria Olivier, AICP                                              Planning Supervisor, Howard County Planning and Zoning

Sarah Benton, AICP                                                Planning Coordinator, MNCPPC




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