Howard County hosting hearing Tuesday on plan to expand courthouse

Howard County will hold a public meeting Tuesday on the proposed expansion plan for the Circuit Court for Howard County courthouse.

The meeting, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., will take place at the Roger Carter Community Center, 3000 Milltowne Drive in Ellicott City.

County officials note that the project is in the early planning stages; no plans have been devised nor submitted. Officials say there's a need for additional space for two more judges, additional jury assembly, two new court rooms, conference rooms, increased security and other aspects related to operations at teh courthouse. An estimated 46,000 square feet of additional space is estimated to be needed.

The county's capital budget an overall item for courthouse and associated parking upgrades, but all phases are in the planning stage.

At Tuesday's meeting, residents can meet the county’s consultant team for the project, and are invited to ask questions and provide input on the planned expansion of the courthouse.

Those unable to attend the public meeting may submit input or ask questions via e-mail at

For more information about the public hearing, please contact Steve Lafferty with the County’s Department of Planning and Zoning at 410-313-2350 or via e-mail at

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