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Planning Department Seeks Public Input on Needs and Outlines Application Process 

Baltimore County invites non-profit organizations, government agencies and the general public to a meeting to discuss upcoming funding opportunities and spending priorities for housing and community development programs. The meeting, to be led by the Department of Planning, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 5, 2017, in the Towson Room (ground level) of the Towson Public Library, 320 York Road, Towson, Maryland, 21204.   

Citizens and organizations will be asked to express their views on needs and spending priorities related to housing and community development for the coming fiscal year, 2019, during a public hearing that will begin at 10 a.m. Following the public hearing, County staff will discuss the process through which organizations may apply for grant funding. The bulk of the funding to be discussed is made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which allocates funding annually to Baltimore County. HUD funds include Community Development Block Grants and Emergency Solutions Grants. Additional support comes from State and County funding. The County disburses much of this funding through a competitive grant program administered by the Department of Planning.

County staff will also invite interested citizens to learn about and consider joining the Homeless Roundtable, the County's advisory group that helps guide policy on homelessness. The Homeless Roundtable supports the County Continuum of Care and the efforts of Baltimore County government in the allocation of public funds to prevent and reduce homelessness in the County.  

Grant funding opportunities are targeted to:

  • Homeless Services – projects that prevent homelessness or assist those who are currently homeless.
  • Public Services – projects that address the needs of low-income citizens in the area of employment, crime prevention, child care, health and welfare, education, substance abuse, energy conservation or recreational needs.
  • Capital Projects – for the removal of architectural barriers for persons with disabilities.

Generally, one-year grants will range in size from $15,000 to $200,000. Applications are due by 2 p.m. on Tuesday, February 6, 2018. To learn more, visit http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/planning/grants/index.html


Baltimore County’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee (PBAC) is seeking community input to help identify the next round of pedestrian and bicycle projects. Members of the public are invited to voice their preferences at a community input meeting to be held Tuesday, March 14, 5:00 p.m. in the Jefferson Building Hearing Room, Room 104, 105 West Chesapeake Avenue, Towson, MD 21204.

The Committee is looking for projects that will provide County residents with the greatest benefit at the lowest cost. Projects should be ones that have been recommended by Baltimore County’s Eastern and Western Pedestrian and Bicycle Access Plans and have the following characteristics:

Relatively low in cost   Due to the County’s many capital needs, the availability of County funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects is limited. State, federal and private grant funding can be sought to pay for projects such as bike route signage, bike lane striping, and feasibility studies for shared use paths, as well as sidewalks and other pedestrian improvements.

Link to significant destinations   Improvements that provide many residents with safer pedestrian or bicycle access to schools, libraries, parks, shopping centers, employment areas or transit stations are especially desirable.

Community support   Not all communities are ready to become walkable and bike-friendly. The PBAC wants to target projects in neighborhoods that really want them and will use them.

For more information, please contact Jessie Bialek, Department of Planning, at 410-887-3480 or jbialek@baltimorecountymd.gov. Written comments may also be submitted to this email address.


By David Fidler, Baltimore County Department of Public Works

Seventeen men and women from central China recently visited Towson to learn more about the U.S. experience in land surveying, GIS, land resources management and planning. The delegation from the Henan Province Department of Land and Resources met with experts from the Baltimore County departments of public works and planning for a full day of professional exchange.

“The most discussed topic was the amount of GIS data and survey control information available from Baltimore County to anyone who has access to the internet. The members of the delegation said that similar Chinese information is controlled by the government and not given out freely,” said Pat Simon, Public Works’ Chief Surveyor. 

Speaking through their translator, the Chinese officials asked about GIS in County operations, general planning operations and web applications during a lively exchange with Pat Simon, Public Works Chief Surveyor, Doug Adams, Public Works Program Manager, Wally Lippincott, Department of Planning Coordinator, Jennifer Meacham, GIS Planner, and Kui Zhao, Planning Demographer. Ms. Zhao gave her presentation in Mandarin. 

From all accounts. Mr. Chen Zhisheng, head of the Henan delegation, found the exchange enlightening and memorable – especially the visit to Towson Best Chinese & Sushi Restaurant on York Road.  


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017