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Danny Winborne, MPCA
Joe Griffiths, Planning
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Call for Session Proposals for 38th MPCA Annual Conference

Maryla​nd Planning Commissioners Association Seeks Session Proposals for its 38th Annual Conference! ​

"Let’s Get ​Back To It!"

October 26 a​nd 27, 2021
Solomons, C​alvert County, Maryland

The Maryland Planning Commissioners Association (MPCA) will host the 2021 fall annual conference in Solomons in Calvert County, on October 26 and 27. The theme of this year’s conference is Let’s Get Back To It! As all of us feel our way through the COVID-19 pandemic, we are itching to get back to planning in our new normal. Last year’s theme and session topics focused on planning during a pandemic, while this year the MPCA wants to focus on what comes next. The benefits of a functioning and thriving citizen planning board to a community are more apparent than ever. The MPCA is closely monitoring the pandemic and will adjust the planned in-person fall conference format as necessary.

Building on the Planning Commissioner Training Course and Open Meetings Act training sessions the MPCA holds on the first day of the conference, the MPCA, in partnership with the Maryland Department of Planning, is requesting session proposals for the conference by July 2.

​Sessions should focus on the work of citizen planners, but can incorporate the work of professional planners, other officials and stakeholders, and residents. The conference audience is primarily composed of planning commissioners, boards of zoning appeals members, and historic district commissioners, but also includes staff members from Maryland counties and municipalities. The MPCA encourages submissions that creatively address the conference theme.


For your topic or session to be considered, please email the following information to Joe Griffiths, Local Assistance and Training Manager for the Maryland Department of Planning, at no later than 5:00 pm on July 2:  

Proposal Elements 

  1. No more than 200 words, and should include: 
  2. Topic and session name and how the proposal relates to the 2021 MPCA Conference theme, “Let’s Get Back To It!” 
  3. Brief abstract of information to be covered 
  4. How the session will inform and elevate citizen planners’ knowledge of the subject matter 
  5. Suggested speakers (no more than 5) 
    1. Include name, title, and contact information (if available, can be general category of speaker, such as “municipal planning commissioner”) 
    2. Indicate session leader 
    3. ​Other information as needed   
  6. Session length (45 mins or 1.5 hours):  Pick One 
  7. Session style (panel of experts, presentation, question and answer, etc..) 

Evaluation Criteria 

  1. Inclusion of elements a through f above  
  2. Applicability to theme 
  3. Relevance of approach to citizen planning 
  4. Extra consideration will be given to proposals that include at least one citizen planner on the panel 
  5. Bonus: Session’s applicability to coastal communities or the Southern Maryland region 

The MPCA anticipates selecting session proposals by July 9.

See last year’s session presentations​.  

More on​ the MPCA 

The 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. 

Project Goals and Scope of Services 

Submissions should formulate a presentation team (one or more persons), an applicable topic to enhance and expand upon this year's theme: Let’s Get Back To It!, a visual presentation or physical take away, and facilitate a session of either 45 mins or 1.5 hours. If you believe your session topic could be eligible for AICP CM credits, please note this so that the MPCA and Maryland Department of Planning staff can work with you to make them credit eligible.