Department of Planning

​The Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) promotes a vision for economic development, flexibility, and local authority throughout Maryland. The agency helps Maryland's counties and municipalities in land use and resource planning and provides review and technical assistance on a variety of planning topics. MDP offers data, analysis, research assistance, policy development, and implementation support to local governments as well as communities, businesses, and other organizations.

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Rebecca Flora, AICP


Rebecca provides comprehensive leadership of the Department's mission, objectives, and initiatives, including oversight of Planning Services, State Data Center, Maryland Historical Trust (MHT), and Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum (JPPM) in Calvert County.

She comes to the Department of Planning with extensive urban planning experience, having worked in the Pittsburgh area for more than 20 years in project management, and community development, and was the first executive director of the Green Building Alliance (GBA), whose vision is to address climate change, advance human health, achieve social equity, and create thriving economies.

Following her career in Pennsylvania and Washington DC, she launched ReMAKE Group, LLC, a woman-owned Chestertown-based business where she led large-scale brownfield redevelopment projects, and sustainability and resiliency plans in locations across the country.

Secretary Flora graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and received a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech. She also holds credentials as a green building and neighborhood development professional, (BD+C and ND) along with her planning AICP credential.