A municipal planning process can intimidating and inequitable, but many of the most important decisions that impact a community are made in the planning process. This session will explore ways to demystify the planning process with the goal of broader engagement for all citizens by examining how people interact with the process and how the process interacts with them. Speakers for this session are State Delegate Stephanie Smith and Allie O’Neill of the Neighborhood Design Center.
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Delegate Stephanie Smith
Maryland House of Delegates (Baltimore-45)
Baltimore CIty Department of Planning
Delegate Stephanie M. Smith serves in the Maryland House of Delegates representing the 45th Legislative District of the state of Maryland which is located in east Baltimore City. She is also an Assistant Director in the Baltimore City Department of Planning and a member of the Maryland Bar. She has spent the bulk of her professional career working to advance environmental health and justice through federal clean air policy. As a former congressional staffer, Stephanie worked on affordable housing and voting rights issues. Most recently, Stephanie served in the executive leadership of a professional association focused higher education and public health. Stephanie is an active member of the Greater Baltimore Urban League and Greater Baltimore Leadership Association. She has served on the boards of the Maryland-DC Audubon Society, Green 2.0, Greater Baltimore Leadership Association and the Redeemed Life Outreach Center. Stephanie is a proud graduate of Hampton University (BA), University of Delaware (MA) and Howard University School of Law (JD). She resides with her family in Baltimore City’s Middle East community.
Prince George’s County Office
Neighborhood Design Center
Allie believes design has the power to improve lives, spark civic participation, and create equitable, resilient communities. She sees community design and participatory processes as integral parts of design justice. Allie leads the Community Design Works program in Prince George’s County, connecting interested professionals and motivated community members to complete a wide range of projects. Since 2016, Allie has served on the board of the Association for Community Design. Outside of the office, you can find her biking around the DC area.
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Attendees are encouraged to join the webinar with questions and comments, and to make use of the Q&A freature of GoToWebinar. This session is one of several that Preservation Maryland will be hosting in Summer and Fall 2020, as we bring our Old Line State Summit to an all-online format. Where available, presentations and recordings of the webinar will be made available.
Increasing Meaningful Public Participation in the Planning Process
THURSDAY, AUGUST 13, 2020