Invitation to Upcoming “A Better Maryland” Meetings

The Maryland Department of Planning would like to invite you to our second round of outreach for the new state development plan, A Better Maryland. We previously visited your community and we are returning to continue the dialogue. Your suggestions were incredibly informed and detailed and we would appreciate your assistance this fall.

We have been busy this past summer compiling and analyzing input in partnership with other state agencies, the Smart Growth Subcabinet, the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission, American Planning Association (APA) Maryland, and planning directors from across the state. You can check out the feedback by county on our What We’ve Heard page.

Meeting dates and locations are listed below and are located on the A Better Maryland Events page.  We look forward to seeing you this fall.


Frostburg: Tuesday, October 9 @ 6:00 pm

Lyric Theater
20 E. Main Street 
Frostburg State University

Hagerstown: Wednesday, October 10 @ 6:30 pm

Career Programs Building (CPB), Rooms 212 and 214
Hagerstown Community College

11400 Robinwood Drive

Riverdale: Tuesday, October 16 at 6:30 p.m.

Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

6600 Kenilworth Ave

Princess Anne: Wednesday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m.

Somerset County Commissioner’s Office, Room 111

11916 Somerset Avenue

Waldorf: Thursday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Waldorf Cultural Center

109 Post Office Road

Perryville: Tuesday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m.

Town Hall

515 Broad St

Gaithersburg: Wednesday, October 24 at 7:00 p.m.

Gaithersburg Community Center, Room B

810 S. Frederick Ave.

Owings Mills: Thursday, October 25 at 7:00 p.m.

New Town Elementary School Cafeteria

4924 New Town Blvd.

Easton: Thursday, November 1 at 6:00 p.m.

Talbot County Community Center, Wye Oak Room

10228 Ocean Gateway

Baltimore City: Thursday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m.

Morgan State University
Center for the Built Environment and Infrastructure Studies (CBEIS), Room 111

5299 Perring Parkway

Chestertown: Wednesday, November 14 at 6:30 p.m.

Chestertown Town Office – 2nd Floor

118 N. Cross Street

Columbia: Thursday, November 15 at 7:00 p.m.

Howard County Library, East Columbia Branch – Lucille Clifton Room A/B

6600 Cradlerock Way

A Better Maryland is a dynamic, evolving plan that provides a framework to support a thriving economy and environmental stewardship. The plan supports collaboration among state and local governments and all other stakeholders, providing resources and tools for the long term economic success of Maryland.

At each of the meetings, we will be seeking your continued input on the following issues that were identified from the first round of community engagement.

Tackling the Economic Development Needs of the Next Century

Sustaining the Environment into the Future

Preserving Land

Improving Economic Growth and Development in Existing Communities

Meeting Renewable Energy Goals

Addressing Maryland’s Transportation, Infrastructure, and Technology Challenges and Opportunities

Creating Workforce/Affordable Housing

Building Capacity in Communities

Protecting Historic and Cultural Resources

Creating Quality Places

Coordinating State Agencies in Planning Processes

Adapting and Becoming Resilient to Climate Change

Respecting Regional Distinctions

Improving the Delivery of Programs and Services to Local Jurisdictions

We look forward to seeing you at our meetings.  Please share this with your friends, neighbors and co-workers. Together we will develop the new state development plan, A Better Maryland.