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2013 Speaker Series - January 23


Maryland Sustainable Communities Program – Its planning, designation and financial resources

  • View video of presentation here.
Date/Time: January 23, 2013 at 10:30 a.m.–12:00 noon
Location: Board Room, 4th Floor, County Administration Building (CAB), 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772;
CM: 1.5 hours
  • Kevin Baynes, AICP – Director, Office of Community Programs
  • Brent Bolin, JD, MPA – Councilman, City of Mount Rainier & Director of Public Affairs, Anacostia Watershed Society
  • Karl Brendle - Director of Communty Planning and Business Services, City of Laurel


2013 SS logoAn expert is defined by APA as a professional who has made a contribution to the profession through practice, teaching, research, or publications; completed works that proclaim individuality and mastery of the principles of planning taught; and whose work demonstrates outstanding quality and professionalism.

Kevin Baynes

Kevin Baynes is a director of community programs within Maryland’s Department of Housing & Community Development’s Division of Neighborhood Revitalization. In his role, Kevin is responsible for administering several of the state’s premier smart growth initiatives such as the Community Legacy Program, Neighborhood BusinessWorks Grant Program, Smart Sites, and Sustainable Communities.

Prior to joining the State of Maryland, Kevin has worked in the nonprofit sector for the Maryland Center for Community Development and the Baltimore Housing Roundtable, providing training and technical assistance to nonprofit housing providers and community development corporations. Prior to working in the nonprofit sector, Kevin was employed by the City of Baltimore, Department of Housing and Community Development, as a senior inspector, focusing on a variety of special programs within their Division of Neighborhood Revitalization.

Kevin received a B.A. degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and a master of community planning degree with a concentration on community and economic development from the University of Maryland, College Park. Kevin is a member of the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Brent Bolin

Councilman Brent Bolin, JD, MPA. In 2011 Brent was elected to represent Ward 2 on the Mount Rainier City Council, serving on the Development Committee and as liaison to the Mixed Use Town Center Committee, the Mount Rainier Business Association, and the Tree Commission. He is a graduate of the Emerging Leaders Program at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and served over six years in the executive branch before joining the Anacostia Watershed Society in 2009 as their director of public affairs. He has an interdisciplinary educational background in law, science, and public policy and has focused on communicating at the nexus of these disciplines. He is a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington, receiving his doctor of jurisprudence from the School of Law and his master of public affairs from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Brent is a proud member of the 25th class of Leadership Prince George’s and was elected by his classmates to represent them for a one-year term on the board of the organization. In his spare time, he volunteers with Gateway Community Development Corporation, works in his garden, plays ice hockey, and blows glass at DC Glassworks in Edmonston. He lives with his wife and son in Mount Rainier.

Karl Brendle

Karl D. Brendle is director of Community Planning and Business Services for the City of Laurel. In this and past positions with the city, including director of development management and city planner, Mr. Brendle is an expert in zoning administration, growth management, economic development, and redevelopment and revitalization. He has been instrumental in the city’s sustainable communities designation, awarded by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, as well as in regional growth management programs, including the BRAC zone designation, awarded by the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development. In particular, Mr. Brendle has been active in the Fort Meade community, including participation in the Fort Meade Community Covenant Council and the Fort Meade Regional Growth Management Committee.

Previously, Mr. Brendle was senior planner, Proffer and Zoning Administration, for Prince William County, Virginia, 2003–2005; zoning analyst at TH Inc. Wireless for Nextel telecommunications facilities in Maryland and Northern Virginia, 2001–2003; and planning director at Petrie Dierman and Partners/Petrie Ross Ventures, 1985–1990.

He received his master of city and regional planning from Clemson University in 1978 and his bachelor of arts in geography from Millersville University of Pennsylvania in 1976.