13 PlanMaryland Public Forums Held Across the State
On June 16th, the Maryland Department of Planning completed 13 public meetings, or Public Forums, throughout the state. Public Forums were held weekly from March through June of 2010.
Hundreds of people participated in these meeting to help create a plan for a better and more sustainable future for Maryland. Attendees gathered around tables of up to 8 people to enable group discussions for sharing attitudes and opinions about Maryland's 12 Planning Visions. Table groups discussed three of the visions that were of most importance to their communities and answered these questions:
- What is working with this vision? Why is it important to you or your community?
- What is not working with this vision? Is this concern unique to your community?
- What are some solutions to these issues? What can be done to fix these problems? Who should participate in the solution?
Following the table discussions, each group was given the opportunity to share their table's findings with the larger group.
The input we received at these forums is invaluable to the PlanMaryland process. MDP is in the process of analyzing the comments and input from the public forums. We will publish a detailed report of this analysis and of each forum the summer of 2010. Our interim status reports are available on the right of this page in the box titles Reports.
The next steps in the process are to develop strategies and recommendations based on all input so far (the public forums, stakeholder interviews and other outreach) and then to prepare a preliminary draft plan. The draft plan will be the subject of our second phase of public meetings.
Click here to read the Public Forums status report.
See also the article Hundreds of Marylanders Turned Out for PlanMaryland Forums This Spring