North Laurel Park residents voiced support this week for a study group's proposal to improve the community's roadways, sidewalks, storm water management facilities and sewers.
The group, which includes four residents and one official from the county's planning and zoning department, made its pitch at a sparsely attended meeting of the North Laurel Civic Association Tuesday.
County Councilman Dennis R. Schrader, a Republican who represents the area, commissioned a study of North Laurel Park's problems in February as part of his proposal to draft a master plan for the North Laurel-Savage area.
The growing neighborhood -- bounded by Route 216 to the south, U.S. 1 to the west and Whiskey Bottom Road to the north -- has had problems with flooding and traffic.
The study group would ask Howard County to approve several capital projects. It also recommends having owners of undeveloped lots pay for projects as well as the county.
"We have to support it," said Donna Thewes, a member of the study group. "We're at a point now where we're unhappy. If we don't do this, we're never going to have an end to this flooding."
The group plans to present more detailed proposals to the county in time for next year's capital budget.