Howard County Executive Calvin Ball released a draft of the Ellicott City Watershed Master Plan on Tuesday, calling it a “roadmap for Ellicott City.” The Department of Planning and Zoning document lays out a 20-year plan for Ellicott City and the surrounding Tiber Branch Watershed.
It includes details about how the county plans to facilitate historic preservation, undertake structural and non-structural flood mitigation and improve the water quality and habitat within the watershed.
Recommendations in the draft plan are grouped into five topics: community character and placemaking, flood mitigation, environmental sustainability, economic development, and transportation and parking.
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Placemaking is described as addressing “elements and activities that reinforce Ellicott City’s distinct character and strong sense of place.”
“We are grateful for the hundreds of community members who provided input while we were developing this draft,” said Amy Gowan, director of the Department of Planning and Zoning. “At last count, we have received over 600 comments through our online surveys. That is in addition to the input received at the seven public workshops we held from 2017 to 2019.”
According to Ball, the plan builds upon his Ellicott City Safe and Sound flood mitigation plan, announced in May 2019, to reduce flooding in the historic district.