Holiday Inn, Gaithersburg

Gaithersburg, MD 20879


Danny Winborne, MPCA
Joe Griffiths, Planning

35th Annual Maryland Planning Commissioners Association Conference

"Citizen and Professional Planners: A Vital Partnership"

October 25 & 26
Holiday Inn, Gaithersburg, Maryland

The MPCA Conference offers Planning Commissioners, Board of Appeals members and anyone interested in citizen planning an opportunity to learn, share experiences and exchange ideas.
The 35th annual conference topics will include (but not limited to) Citizen and Professional Planner Collaboration, Cultivating New Commissioners, A Better Maryland State Development Plan, Ethics, and the Open Meetings Act.

Conference Overview

Preliminary Agenda (subject to change)

Thursday, October 25

Registration Opens

8 a.m. in the Hotel Lobby

Planning Commissioner and Board of Appeals Training

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The first day of the conference includes the Planning Commissioner Training Course* that satisfies the requirements of the law. This course is a must for new commissioners and board members. The training is free and is beneficial for experienced commissioners as well as those interested in learning more about citizen planning. Anyone wishing to take the free training only and not attend the conference are welcome to register. The class will begin at 10 a.m.
*The training is free but registration is required:
Register for the training course at this link

Open Meetings Act Training

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Presented by the Academy of Excellence.

Panel Discussion: Thirty Years of New Urbanism

1:50 to 2:00 p.m.

Tours of Kentlands, The Crown and the RIO Washingtonian Center

A tour of these three examples of thoughtful mixed-use planning in Gaithersburg will begin at 2:30 p.m.

Thursday Evening Reception and Dinner

6 p.m.
Start the conference at the Reception and Dinner. This is included in the fee for attendees.

Friday, October 26

The specifics of the Friday conference program will be announced but we expect that the following session topics will be covered. As is the tradition of the MPCA conference, it promises a full day of back-to-back sessions packed with useful information on timely topics including:
    • A Better Maryland: The new state development plan
    • Nuts and Bolts for Planning Commissioners
    • Planning Commissioner ethics
    • Cultivating new commissioners
    • Resources for Reinvestment and Revitalization
    • Citizen and Professional Planners: A Vital Partnership

Preliminary Agenda (subject to change) 

See you at the conference! 

 Conference Pricing

Attendee: $125.00
Includes conference, Thursday lunch and dinner, and Friday breakfast and lunch
Guest: $45.00
Includes conference, Thursday lunch and dinner, and Friday breakfast and lunch
Open Meetings Act training: $10.00 for those not registered for the full conference; included with $125 conference fee
Conference registration fees may be paid by credit card via PayPal or check (See
mail-in instructions at the bottom of this page).

Register for the Conference

Register online

Pay by credit card, check or PayPal.

For a mail-in registration form, click here.
Become a conference sponsor

Hotel Accommodations

Contact the Holiday Inn to reserve your room.
MPCA room rates: $105.00 - The cutoff for this rate is October 5
Book reservations online
MPCA 2018 Conference Rates

Here are the simple steps for your guests to make their reservations:
  1. Click on the link provided above (this will take you to the reservations website)
  2. Modify arrival and/or departure dates as needed by clicking on “Change Search”
  3. Click on “Select Room” for the room type, then click on “Select Rate”
  4. Proceed to complete the reservations page
  5. Record your confirmation number 
Or call (877) 666-3249 - Make sure to mention the MPCA conference if reserving by phone

Conference Policies

Cancellation and refund policy

Registrations may be cancelled up to October 12, 2018. Fees will be refunded minus a $4 service charge. Sorry, no refunds after October 19.

Payment by check only

Checks must be received by Friday, October 12, 2018. Make checks payable to:
"Maryland Planning Commissioners Association" and mail to:
Maryland Department of Planning
ATTN: MPCA Conference Manager
Maryland Planning Commissioners Association
301 W. Preston Street, 11th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201

Late registration

No mail-in registrations will be accepted after October 13, 2017. Online registration paid by credit card will close at 11:59 pm on October 22.