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Maryland Planning Commissioners Association

Join the MPCA for it's 37th Annual Conference

The MPCA's 37th Annual Conference is this Fall. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the MPCA Board has decided to host this year’s event remotely. The board invites you to join us on The Maryland Department of Planning’s GoToWebinar platform on Monday, November 9. The theme for this year is Contingency Planning and Resilient Boards, and the agenda will be filled with sessions on timely topics that Maryland's citizen planning boards currently and will continue to face.  Access the 2020 Conference Webpage to learn more an register.

Planning Commissioners Training Course

The free Planning Commissioner Training Course was offered on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.at the MPCA Annual Conference in Aberdeen. For more information, go to the MPCA 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

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.