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Public review window begins for Ellicott City watershed plan

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball Tuesday announced the launch of a 30-day comment period on the draft Ellicott City Watershed Master Plan.

This comprehensive, long-range proposal establishes goals, desired outcomes and policies for the next 20 years. The plan represents the culmination of a multi-year process that began in response to the 2016 flooding and builds upon Ball’s “Ellicott City Safe and Sound” flood mitigation plan.

Howard County’s Department of Planning and Zoning (DPZ) has established several ways community members can offer comments on the draft plan during the 30-day comment period. FAQ’s and a user guide are available at

The recommendations in the draft plan are grouped under five topics:

  1. Community character and placemaking
  2. Flood mitigation
  3. Environmental sustainability
  4. Economic development,
  5. Transportation and parking.

Once the 30-day public comment window closes, DPZ will compile all comments into a summary for the planning board and county council this fall as part of the legislative process to adopt the master plan.

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