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2016 Speaker/Film Series

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Date: Every 4th Wednesday on a bimonthly basis
Time: 10:30 a.m.–12:00 noon

County Hearing Room, 1st Floor, County Administration Building (CAB),
14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772.
Boardroom, 4th Floor, County Administration Building (CAB),
14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772.
Jane Jacobs Conference Room, Community Planning Division Office, 14422 Old Mill Road, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772.

Contact: Valecia Wilson, Senior Planner —

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November 16

Topic: Prince George’s County Trails Master Plan. Read more»

Speaker(s)/Instructor(s): Eileen Nivera, Planner Coordinator, has been a Park Planner with the Prince George’s Department of Park and Recreation for eighteen years.

September 28


Current and Increasing Crisis in Affordable Rental Housing

Speaker(s)/Instructor(s): Maryann Dillon, Executive Director, Housing Initiative Partnership, Inc. (HIP)

Zoning can have a dramatic impact on increasing the supply of affordable housing.  This seminar looks at various zoning techniques, such as inclusionary zoning, accessory apartments, density bonuses, and parking requirements, that have been used in various jurisdictions, and explores their effectiveness.

July 27

Video Topic: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Supporting Resilience. 

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Speaker(s)/Instructor(s): James Schwab, FAICP, Chicago, IL Author and APA Lead Representative, NOAA’s Digital Coast Kathryn Sullivan, New Orleans, LA Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere NOAA Administrator.

May 25

Topic: Industrial District to Mixed Use Innovation Community: The Eisenhower West Small Area Plan. Read more»

Speaker(s)/Instructor(s): Karl W. Moritz, Director of Planning and Zoning for the City of Alexandria, VA. Merrill St. Leger is a Principal in SmithGroupJJR’s Washington, D.C.

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March 23 

Topic: Biomimicry—How Our Native Ecosystem Holds the Key to Regional Resilience. Read more»

Speaker(s)/Instructor(s): Benjamin F. Friton, Consultant, Educator, Researcher and Soil Ecologist, Forested (10-acre research-based food forest located in Bowie, Maryland)

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January 27 (Postponed due to inclement weather. New date: Friday, February 19)

Topic: Cooperative Land Readjustment—Creating Competitive Economies and Sustainable Regions. Read more»

Speaker(s)/Instructor(s): Andrea Jandriček, M.Arch., APA, Emerging Leader 2015, Sustainable Communities Division.

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