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 News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)

December 2013 

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WILMAPCO Meetings 

All meetings are open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held in the WILMAPCO Conference Room.   


In case of inclement weather, please call (302) 737-6205, or toll free from Cecil County at (888) 808-7088 for cancellations or postponements. 


December, 9, 10 a.m.  


December 12, 1 p.m.


December 16, 7 p.m.


December 19, 10 a.m.

Other Events

WILMAPCO Public Workshop

North East Transit Oriented Development Plan
December 11, 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., North East Town Hall

WILMAPCO will be closed on December 25.

For updates or more information on upcoming WILMAPCO meetings, please visit

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NETODWILMAPCO Public Workshop - North East Transit Oriented Development Plan

You are invited to attend a public workshop to help shape the future of North East, Maryland. During the workshop, draft recommendations for future bus transit, commuter rail service, and surrounding land uses will be discussed, including a proposed location for a new train station. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, December 11 at the North East Town Hall. Stop by anytime from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. There will be a presentation at the Town Board Meeting at 7 p.m. To learn more, please visit  

HeelsandWheelsSave the Date for 2014 Heels & Wheels: Delaware Walk and Bike Conference

The Delaware Trail Summit and the Delaware Bike Summit have proudly joined forces to make Delaware an even better place to walk, ride, and live. Delaware Recreation & Parks Society, Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control, Department of Transportation, Dover/Kent Metropolitan Planning Organization, and WILMAPCO invite you to Heels & Wheels: Delaware Walk and Bike Summit 2014.  For more information, please visit



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CecilTransitPublic Hearing - Cecil Transit

Cecil Transit will conduct a Public Hearing
to allow an opportunity for the public to review plans for the addition of an abbreviated version of a Mid-County Fixed Route. The Public Hearing will be held on Wednesday, December 18 at 2:30 p.m., at the Cecil County Administration Building 200 Chesapeake Blvd., Elkton, MD, Senior Center 1st Floor Classroom.  Cecil Transit will begin operation of an abbreviated version of the Mid-County Fixed Route on or about January 13. The purpose of this route is to add fixed route service to Cecil College from the towns of Charlestown, Elkton, North East, and Perryville. For more information, please contact Gary Blazinsky at (410) 996-8422 or submit written comments to: Cecil Transit, 200 Chesapeake Blvd., Elkton, MD 21921, Attention: Gary Blazinsky.   


MDBIkePedPlanMaryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan

MDOT has released the Draft Twenty-Year Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan for public review and comment. The public comment period will remain open until December 10. The Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan establishes a 20-year vision for making walking and bicycling an integral part of Maryland's transportation system. Development of the Plan has proceeded alongside efforts to update the Maryland Transportation Plan, which serves as MDOT's overarching policy document. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan focuses on creating a strategic framework to guide MDOT's policies and actions towards a more walkable, bikeable future. For more information, please visit


MARCMARC Growth and Investment Plan Update

As posted on, "The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) envisions $467 million in capital improvements between 2013 and 2019 and another $1.8 billion for the following decade, according to the draft MARC Growth and Investment Plan, an update of the original 2007 Growth and Investment Plan.  MTA wants to make the system more sustainable. And MTA wants to encourage transit-oriented development."  For more information, please visit To view the source article, please visit



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AnnualMeetingAPA Delaware Annual Meeting  

Join the Delaware Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) for its Annual Meeting.The meeting will be held on December 11 at Fraizers Restaurant in Dover, DE, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Max Walton, Esq. will present updates on the disposition of land use cases in Delaware and discuss the implications of those decisions.  Max will also discuss the trilogy of the recent takings cases decided by the United States Supreme Court and the impacts that those cases have on planning in Delaware.  To register, please visit


APAConfRegional Planning Conference - Call for Presentations 

Organizers of the 2014 Delaware/Maryland Regional Planning Conference, "Planning for Healthy & Sustainable Places," are pleased to begin their search for conference sessions and presentations. The two-day event will be held at the Embassy Suites in Newark, Delaware on October 28 and 29, 2014.

To learn more or submit an idea, please visit Proposals. Proposals must be received by January 15, 2014.



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PollutionMotor Vehicle Pollution: More Deaths than Traffic

According to an October 14th State Smart Transportation Initiative article, "A new study from MIT concluded that vehicle emissions contributed to 53,000 premature deaths in 2005 (12 years premature, on average), exceeding the number of traffic fatalities by 30 percent."  For more information, please visit   


PIMPToolPimp Your Block Online Tool

According to an October 15th Gizmodo article, "Pimp your block with Blockee, a tool designed by several Code for America fellows, just type in an address to generate a Google Street View image (or upload your own photo), and using the editor, drag and drop everything from vegetable gardens to food trucks to bike share kiosks into the street. Once you share your creation, the site offers tips for how to make your vision a reality."  To view the source article, please visit

RealtorsRealtors Report: Americans Prefer Mixed Use, Walkable Communities

According to an October 31st National Association of Realtors release, "Choosing a community is one of the most important factors for consumers as they consider buying a home, and research by the National Association of Realtors has  consistently revealed that Americans prefer walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods and shorter commutes. According to NAR's 2013 Community Preference Survey 60 percent of respondents favor a neighborhood with a mix of houses and stores and other businesses that are easy to walk to, rather than neighborhoods that require more driving between home, work and recreation. The survey findings indicate that while the size of the property does matter to consumers, they are willing to compromise size for a preferred neighborhood and less commuting."To view the survey, please visit


LAPNew Tool to Provides Renters and Homeowners with a new Housing and Transportation Cost Calculator

According to a U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) release, "HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan and U.S.
DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx have unveiled the Location Affordability Portal (LAP), a cost calculation tool that allows users to estimate housing and transportation costs for  neighborhoods across the country. The LAP will help consumers and communities better understand the combined costs of  housing and transportation associated with living in a specific region, street, or neighborhood and make better-informed  decisions about where to live, work, and invest."  For more information about the Location Affordability Portal, please visit   


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