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State Agencies

which was terminated in August 1964. The prior
agency had operated as part of the State Planning
Department since 1956. By Chapter 7, Acts of
1967, the requirements for membership on the
Council were changed to provide that a majority
of the Council members be elected officials. By
Chapter 497, Acts of 1971, the Secretary of State
Planning, the Secretary of Transportation, the
Secretary of Natural Resources, and the Secretary
of Health and Mental Hygiene were made non-
voting, ex officio members of the Council. By
Chapter 699, Acts of 1975, the Council also in-
cludes a representative of a municipal corporation
within the regional planning area appointed by
the Governor on the advice of the chief executives
of all the municipalities in the area.

By Executive Order on February 7, 1972, the
Governor assigned the Regional Planning Council
to the Department of State Planning for certain
administrative matters. Basic responsibility for
policy, direction, and operations remains with the
membership of the Council.

The Council's area of jurisdiction covers all of
Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore,
Carroll, Harford, and Howard counties, and
encompasses an area of 2,259 square miles. The
1970 Census showed that this metropolitan area
had a population of 2,070,670. The Regional
Planning Council is, in effect, a council of local
governments with State participation. Its voting
membership of twenty-three persons consists of
three representatives from each of these six juris-
dictions, a member of the State Senate, a member
of the House of Delegates, an elected municipal
official, and two members-at-large. The last five
members are appointed by the Governor. Of the
three members from each of the six jurisdictions
the following are members: the mayor of the City
of Baltimore, the county executives of Baltimore,
Anne Arundel, Harford, and Howard counties,
the president of the Baltimore City Council, the
chairperson of the County Council in Baltimore,
Anne Arundel, Harford, and Howard counties,
the president and a member of the Board of
County Commissioners from Carroll County, and
a member of the planning commissions or adviso-
ry boards of each of the six jurisdictions. The
elected officials representing the six political sub-
divisions have the right to designate an alternate
to act in their absence.

The Regional Planning Council provides an op-
portunity for its member governmental units to
work together with the State in dealing with com-
mon problems and planning for the future devel-
opment of the region.

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The Council is required by law to reexamine,
revise if necessary, readopt, and republish the
General Development Plan for the region every
five years, with the next revision scheduled in
1982. Transportation, housing, recreation, water/
sewer, solid waste, and environmental planning
are all facets of the Regional Planning Council
program. The Regional Planning Council's work
also encompasses socio-economic analysis and
evaluation of regional problems and opportuni-
ties. Housing, manpower training, job placement,
regional economy, and coordination of statistical
data resources are included (Code 1957, Art.


Chairperson: Thomas A. Rymer

Southern Maryland Legislative Delegation: Aris
T. Allen; one vacancy; William R. McCaffrey;
Thomas V. Mike Miller; John W. Quade;
Thomas A. Rymer; James C. Simpson; Michael
J. Sprague; Joseph P. Vallario; John W.

County Commissioners: C. Bernard Fowler; H.
Gordon Trueman; David M. King; Eleanor F.
Carrico; James Dent; Loretta Nimmerrichter;
George R. Aud; Richard D. Arnold; J. Law-
rence Millison.

Southern Maryland Municipal Association: John
D. Newman, Jr.

Members-at-Large: John Parran; J. Prank Railey;
John Whisman.

Non-Voting Members:

County Economic Development Commissions:
Walter R. Blair, Jr.; Raymond T. Tilghman;
Harry B. Zinn.

County Planning Commissions: Prank Jock-
litsch; Harry Stine; Joseph M. Gough, Jr.

Department of State Planning: Edwin L.

Department of Economic and Community Devel-
Lowell W. Frederick

Executive Director: Gary V. Hodge

P. 0. Box 301
Waldorf 20601 Telephone: 843-8363


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