Planning Advisory Committee

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The Planning Advisory Committee for HoCo By Design was appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the Howard County Council via Council Resolution 110-2020. Committee members represent community leaders, service providers, industry groups, and the general public and serve as a sounding board to the project team about the community’s needs and desires in the development of the General Plan. In addition to the information the project team gathers from our robust community engagement process, the Planning Advisory Committee members will assist in developing and identifying themes and reviewing data and recommendations that will be presented in the plan and will serve as ambassadors for the process.

Planning Advisory Committee Roles

The Planning Advisory Committee is an important group in the Howard County planning process, providing outside guidance and a high-level perspective throughout the life of the project. Generally, the Planning Advisory Committee will work collaboratively with the project team and will offer input and differing viewpoints on recommendations necessary to improve project deliverables, outreach mechanisms, and communications to other persons. Primary roles are envisioned to be the following:

  • Attend and participate in all scheduled meetings of the Planning Advisory Committee.
  • Provide insight and perspective on thoughts, ideas and opinions in the community related to the future of Howard County, which will inform the scenario planning process and project deliverables.
  • Participate in as many of the project’s partnering strategy activities as possible and recruit members of the community to participate in the planning process as well.
  • Help the project team to engage historically underrepresented groups in the planning process.
  • Comment on the list of ‘important planning themes’ developed for the HoCo By Design General Plan and the theme-based chapters in the document.
  • Review draft version(s) of the final General Plan.

It is important to note that while the Planning Advisory Committee’s role as a conduit between the project team and the Howard County community is essential for developing a community-based General Plan, the Planning Advisory Committee is advisory in nature only, and has no official approval or endorsement powers in the planning process.


PAC Members

Name

Organization Represented (if Applicable)

Tonya Aikens

Howard County Library System

Alicia Vanessa Altamirano


Lori Graf

Maryland Building Industry Association

Leslie Bauer

Howard County Farm Bureau

Michelle Bilello

Howard Community College

Meg Boyd

Howard County Conservancy

Steve Breeden


Brian Cornell

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Vicky Cutroneo

Howard County Public School System Board of Education

Phillip Dodge

Downtown Columbia Partnership

Mavis Ellis


Olivia Farrow


Tim Feaga


Elliott Finklestein


Joel Gallihue


Robin Holliday


Cathy Hudson


Grace Kubofcik


Joan Lancos


Josh Lenes

Howard County Education Association

Lori Lilly


Patricia Marshall


Kevin McAliley


Leonardo McClarty

Howard County Chamber of Commerce

Kristin Russell

Columbia Association

Cole Schnorf


Jahantab Siddiqui

Howard County Public School System


Howard County General Hospital

Sue Song


Chris Tsien


Larry Twele

Howard County Economic Development Authority

Jason Van Kirk


Paul Verchinski


Christine Wells


Shari Zaret



Schedule of Meetings

MeetingDate/TimeMaterials
PAC Meeting #1

October 14, 2020 / 6:00-7:30 pm


PAC Meeting #2

January 5, 2021 / 6:00-8:00 pm

PAC Meeting #3

January 28, 2021 / 6:00-8:00 pm

PAC Meeting #4

March 24, 2021 / 6:00-8:00 pm

PAC Meeting #5

May 12, 2021 / 3:00-6:00 pm

PAC Meeting #6

May 26, 2021 / 3:00-6:00 pm


PAC Meeting #7June 30, 2021 / 3:00-6:00 pm

PAC Meeting #8July 20, 2021 / 3:00-6:00 pm
PAC Meeting #9August 4, 2021 / 12:00-3:00 pm

The Planning Advisory Committee for HoCo By Design was appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the Howard County Council via Council Resolution 110-2020. Committee members represent community leaders, service providers, industry groups, and the general public and serve as a sounding board to the project team about the community’s needs and desires in the development of the General Plan. In addition to the information the project team gathers from our robust community engagement process, the Planning Advisory Committee members will assist in developing and identifying themes and reviewing data and recommendations that will be presented in the plan and will serve as ambassadors for the process.

Planning Advisory Committee Roles

The Planning Advisory Committee is an important group in the Howard County planning process, providing outside guidance and a high-level perspective throughout the life of the project. Generally, the Planning Advisory Committee will work collaboratively with the project team and will offer input and differing viewpoints on recommendations necessary to improve project deliverables, outreach mechanisms, and communications to other persons. Primary roles are envisioned to be the following:

  • Attend and participate in all scheduled meetings of the Planning Advisory Committee.
  • Provide insight and perspective on thoughts, ideas and opinions in the community related to the future of Howard County, which will inform the scenario planning process and project deliverables.
  • Participate in as many of the project’s partnering strategy activities as possible and recruit members of the community to participate in the planning process as well.
  • Help the project team to engage historically underrepresented groups in the planning process.
  • Comment on the list of ‘important planning themes’ developed for the HoCo By Design General Plan and the theme-based chapters in the document.
  • Review draft version(s) of the final General Plan.

It is important to note that while the Planning Advisory Committee’s role as a conduit between the project team and the Howard County community is essential for developing a community-based General Plan, the Planning Advisory Committee is advisory in nature only, and has no official approval or endorsement powers in the planning process.


PAC Members

Name

Organization Represented (if Applicable)

Tonya Aikens

Howard County Library System

Alicia Vanessa Altamirano


Lori Graf

Maryland Building Industry Association

Leslie Bauer

Howard County Farm Bureau

Michelle Bilello

Howard Community College

Meg Boyd

Howard County Conservancy

Steve Breeden


Brian Cornell

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Vicky Cutroneo

Howard County Public School System Board of Education

Phillip Dodge

Downtown Columbia Partnership

Mavis Ellis


Olivia Farrow


Tim Feaga


Elliott Finklestein


Joel Gallihue


Robin Holliday


Cathy Hudson


Grace Kubofcik


Joan Lancos


Josh Lenes

Howard County Education Association

Lori Lilly


Patricia Marshall


Kevin McAliley


Leonardo McClarty

Howard County Chamber of Commerce

Kristin Russell

Columbia Association

Cole Schnorf


Jahantab Siddiqui

Howard County Public School System


Howard County General Hospital

Sue Song


Chris Tsien


Larry Twele

Howard County Economic Development Authority

Jason Van Kirk


Paul Verchinski


Christine Wells


Shari Zaret



Schedule of Meetings

MeetingDate/TimeMaterials
PAC Meeting #1

October 14, 2020 / 6:00-7:30 pm


PAC Meeting #2

January 5, 2021 / 6:00-8:00 pm

PAC Meeting #3

January 28, 2021 / 6:00-8:00 pm

PAC Meeting #4

March 24, 2021 / 6:00-8:00 pm

PAC Meeting #5

May 12, 2021 / 3:00-6:00 pm

PAC Meeting #6

May 26, 2021 / 3:00-6:00 pm


PAC Meeting #7June 30, 2021 / 3:00-6:00 pm

PAC Meeting #8July 20, 2021 / 3:00-6:00 pm
PAC Meeting #9August 4, 2021 / 12:00-3:00 pm
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