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Maryland Planning Commissioners Association

MPCA 38th Annual Conference


Let's Get Back To It!

Meet up and learn together in-person in Solomons Tuesday and Wednesday, October 26-27, in-person in Calvert County. The MPCA will be monitoring the pandemic and adjust as needed. This year’s conference theme is Let’s Get Back to It! because I think we can all agree that is exactly what we want to do​. To get more conference information, register, submit a session proposal, and learn about sponsorship opportunities, Start Here.

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.