MDP and MD’s Growth Task Force Host Public Listening Session in Aberdeen
Citizens Share Ideas and Concerns on Growth and Development
The Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) and the Task Force on the Future for Growth and Development in Maryland are hosting a public forum in Aberdeen, Maryland for residents to share their thoughts and ideas on future growth in the state.
This Smart Growth Listening Session, planned for Tuesday, October 28th, will take place in the Aberdeen High School Auditorium and is open to all citizens. The Listening Session will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to accommodate diverse public input on a variety of growth-related topics including, smart sustainable growth; growth and a healthy environment; regional development; historic preservation; transportation and growth; and growth and schools.
Moderated by a community leader, this session is designed like a town hall meeting with open discussion on these important matters.
“Protecting our forests and agricultural land and ensuring our existing communities remain places where our citizens want to live, work, and play is a worthy and achievable goal of all stakeholders statewide,” said MDP Secretary Richard E. Hall, AICP. His agency and the Task Force on the Future for Growth and Development in Maryland are exploring a wide range of smart growth and land use issues affecting the state.
Task Force Chair and partner at Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP Jon M. Laria said, “These sessions will facilitate understanding citizen and community leaders’ priorities and ideas. The Task Force recognizes a broad audience for the public discussion on future growth. Wemust know how those affected by development feel and consider their recommended solutions.”
Aberdeen High School is located at 251 Paradise Road in Aberdeen, Maryland. For information on Listening Session, visit www.mdp.state.md.us/listeningsessions.htm.
The Task Force on the Future for Growth and Development in Maryland was formed under House Bill 773 signed into law during the 2007 session of the Maryland General Assembly. Its 21 members are charged with studying a wide range of growth and land use issues affecting Maryland. Public input will help guide the Task Force’s work.
MDP promotes growth that fosters vibrant, livable communities, preserves and protects the environment, safeguards historical and cultural resources and makes efficient use of State resources. The department also provides data, trend analysis, research assistance, and policy development and implementation support for local governments, communities, businesses, and organizations.