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The table below lists current and upcoming public engagement activities for HoCo By Design. The Department of Planning and Zoning (DPZ) invites you to participate in as many activities as you can. Please don’t hesitate to contact DPZ community planners Kate Bolinger (kbolinger@howardcountymd.gov) or Jeff DelMonico (jdelmonico@howardcountymd.gov) if you have any questions. DPZ greatly appreciates everyone’s input on the general plan update!

Name of Activity

Participation Access

Description and How to Access


On the Table Conversations


September 1, 2020 through November 30, 2021


Sign up to host a conversation with family, colleagues and friends. Discuss what each of you think the County’s goals should be for the future and how we can work together to improve or maintain our quality of lives. Use three big questions to get the conversation going:
1) When you brag about Howard County, what do you say?
2) What could be improved or changed to make the County even better?
3) What should we do to make change happen?


Learn More Here: https://www.hocobydesign.com/on-the-table


BYOQ: “Bring Your Own Questions


October 21, 2020 at

4 pm and 7:30 pm


These meetings are an opportunity to meet the project team, hear project updates, and offer input for HoCo By Design. Registration for the October 21st BYOQ meetings has closed; however, you may watch a recording of the meetings via livestream found at the links below. Missed the events on 10/21? Stay tuned to this website as additional BYOQ events will be scheduled.  

Wednesday, October 21st, 4:00pm – 5:30pm – Watch Recording HERE

Wednesday October 21st, 7:30pm – 9:00pm –  Watch Recording HERE 


Planning Advisory Committee


October 14, 2020 at 6 PM


The first Planning Advisory Committee meeting was held on Wednesday, October 14th at 6:00pm.  Committee meetings are being held virtually and recorded for public viewing on YouTube. View the agenda and meeting presentation.


What Makes Howard County a Special Place


On-going


Located at the bottom of this webpage, share a comment about what makes Howard County a Special Place?


Click here to Participate.



Community Ideas Exchange Workshop


Tentative Dates:

October 26, 2020 through November 30, 2020


An all-virtual 3-D interactive workshop in which participants will be asked to provide input and elaborate on their ideas for the different planning themes, development choices, design considerations, etc.   This workshop will be open 24:7 through the month of November. Anticipated launch date:  October 26th


Access: Once this activity is launched, an access link will be provided.


Better Communities Online Game


Tentative Dates:

October 26, 2020 through November 30, 2020


This map-based activity allows participants to decide where growth should occur in the County and what development pattern it should follow. Learn about the trade-offs associated with your growth choices.


Access: Link to be provided

Topic Focused Discussions

Tentative Dates: November 18 - 20

More details to come.


Quality of Life Survey


Tentative Dates: November/December 2020


An online survey in which participants share what’s important to their quality of life in Howard County.


Access: Link to be provided


Online Distance Engagement Survey


Closed


The Distance Engagement Survey was developed to inform the public engagement process on how people are connecting to and communicating with each other while following social distancing protocols.




About Our Public Engagement

14 different stakeholder engagement initiatives are identified to support the General Plan update. Each is presented below under one of four general categories used to organize the stakeholder engagement initiative: tools to educate, tools to inform the project team, tools to collaborate, and tools to get feedback on draft deliverables.

Learn more about the specific engagement initiatives and how they contribute to the HoCo By Design planning process by reading the Public Engagement Plan in the General Plan Guidelines.



The table below lists current and upcoming public engagement activities for HoCo By Design. The Department of Planning and Zoning (DPZ) invites you to participate in as many activities as you can. Please don’t hesitate to contact DPZ community planners Kate Bolinger (kbolinger@howardcountymd.gov) or Jeff DelMonico (jdelmonico@howardcountymd.gov) if you have any questions. DPZ greatly appreciates everyone’s input on the general plan update!

Name of Activity

Participation Access

Description and How to Access


On the Table Conversations


September 1, 2020 through November 30, 2021


Sign up to host a conversation with family, colleagues and friends. Discuss what each of you think the County’s goals should be for the future and how we can work together to improve or maintain our quality of lives. Use three big questions to get the conversation going:
1) When you brag about Howard County, what do you say?
2) What could be improved or changed to make the County even better?
3) What should we do to make change happen?


Learn More Here: https://www.hocobydesign.com/on-the-table


BYOQ: “Bring Your Own Questions


October 21, 2020 at

4 pm and 7:30 pm


These meetings are an opportunity to meet the project team, hear project updates, and offer input for HoCo By Design. Registration for the October 21st BYOQ meetings has closed; however, you may watch a recording of the meetings via livestream found at the links below. Missed the events on 10/21? Stay tuned to this website as additional BYOQ events will be scheduled.  

Wednesday, October 21st, 4:00pm – 5:30pm – Watch Recording HERE

Wednesday October 21st, 7:30pm – 9:00pm –  Watch Recording HERE 


Planning Advisory Committee


October 14, 2020 at 6 PM


The first Planning Advisory Committee meeting was held on Wednesday, October 14th at 6:00pm.  Committee meetings are being held virtually and recorded for public viewing on YouTube. View the agenda and meeting presentation.


What Makes Howard County a Special Place


On-going


Located at the bottom of this webpage, share a comment about what makes Howard County a Special Place?


Click here to Participate.



Community Ideas Exchange Workshop


Tentative Dates:

October 26, 2020 through November 30, 2020


An all-virtual 3-D interactive workshop in which participants will be asked to provide input and elaborate on their ideas for the different planning themes, development choices, design considerations, etc.   This workshop will be open 24:7 through the month of November. Anticipated launch date:  October 26th


Access: Once this activity is launched, an access link will be provided.


Better Communities Online Game


Tentative Dates:

October 26, 2020 through November 30, 2020


This map-based activity allows participants to decide where growth should occur in the County and what development pattern it should follow. Learn about the trade-offs associated with your growth choices.


Access: Link to be provided

Topic Focused Discussions

Tentative Dates: November 18 - 20

More details to come.


Quality of Life Survey


Tentative Dates: November/December 2020


An online survey in which participants share what’s important to their quality of life in Howard County.


Access: Link to be provided


Online Distance Engagement Survey


Closed


The Distance Engagement Survey was developed to inform the public engagement process on how people are connecting to and communicating with each other while following social distancing protocols.




About Our Public Engagement

14 different stakeholder engagement initiatives are identified to support the General Plan update. Each is presented below under one of four general categories used to organize the stakeholder engagement initiative: tools to educate, tools to inform the project team, tools to collaborate, and tools to get feedback on draft deliverables.

Learn more about the specific engagement initiatives and how they contribute to the HoCo By Design planning process by reading the Public Engagement Plan in the General Plan Guidelines.



What makes Howard County a special place?

Howard County has long been recognized as an exceptional place to live, work, and do business. We want to better understand, from your unique perspective, what characteristics and qualities make Howard County exceptional. So, what makes Howard County a special place to you? Comment as often as you like!

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While Columbia and Ellicott City are both wonderful and unique spaces, I have a great connection and love for the more rural parts of the county. There are already plenty of parks and paths and housing developments. What we truly need is not development, but preservation and protection of our farmland and natural environmental areas.

Jacobs about 2 hours ago

The people, diversity, pathway system, proximity to good hiking, biking, kayaking, outdoor activities, convenience of village centers, mixed housing types in most villages, civic engagement - there are too many to list them all!

Mary 13 days ago

Great schools, low crime, friendly community (less today than pre-Covid)

mom 14 days ago

I have lived here 45 years. I came for good schools, neighborhood pools and activities, and diverse neighbors. I worked in DC and Baltimore and spent too much time driving. I am now semi-retired and want to age in place and have good health and community services. Delays and overcrowded hospital, restrictions on growth, and conflicts over school restricting are troublesome.

jsanders about 1 month ago

I have lived in Columbia for over 30 years. It was wonderful place to raise our children. I love the diversity, the sense of community and the pathways allow for a nature hike right from your back yard. It is a treasure. That is why I want to continue to work to make it better. We are drowning in plastic and this summer, more than ever, Climate Change is front and center. Seemingly small acts, such as the library changing from plastic bags and the plastic bag fee bill , will make a powerful statement that Howard County is committed to its citizens and the climate. Going forward, refusing single-use plastic at County events will make sure we are walking our talk. Celebrating plastic-free is a gift to the community.

PatLessPlastic about 1 month ago

We chose to live in Howard County over 25 years ago for the diversity, location and beautiful area.

Becky McKirahan about 1 month ago

Thoughtful open space set up for conservation and community use.

MD-Alli about 1 month ago

I enjoy the walkability of Columbia and Howard County as a whole. Being able to walk to shopping and restaurants in Columbia is incredibly important to me and is a significant reason of why I live here. Having easy access to shopping, restaurants, and activities is a must have for me

Joezerafa about 1 month ago

The pandemic has shown the age of shopping mall communities is over. This vision no longer works. We need a new vision of virtual communities based on good computer sciences. Online activities are the way of the future not just 2020. We need more integration of services and network discounts in Columbia. everything is 3 times as expensive in Columbia. This is why nobody shops here anymore. Nearby Laud rel and Catonsville offer better deals on cars and goods and services. I have known this since 1990,. Yes we have good racial mix but poor economics. No affordable housing except new units in Jessup/Elkridge. PFAs are getting all the money. Meanwhile out west there are farmlands waiting for solar farms to power Columbia by 2040. Why are we waiting on this? PG County is ahead of us. On driving thru Chalmers Indiana we saw what could be possible with wind turbines for miles. We have land in the west for these types of local energy projects. Get off your duffs and do it. Stop slowing real progress with plans that are worthless. Context sensitive days are gone. Move us forward.

Donny56 about 1 month ago

We do need a bigger hospital and one that is up to the task of problems encountered. We are now handling patients that used to go to other hospitals that have closed. Expansion is a must. Satellites might be considered for various specialties. Loved teaching in How Co on the elementary level. Heard much disappointment from parents who did not have a meaningful year with online learning this past year. We must do better. Consider a restructuring of schools on a more permanent basis perhaps that has one outstanding presentation teacher for a subject for a new lesson, then many helping teachers for follow up and enrichment. Think of the savings yet specialization that could occur. Continue in person groupings for socialization skills perhaps in sports, and the arts. Use of seniors for telling their life’s lessons, history as they loved it. This is an untapped resource. Continue more business/school combinations where students get to participate in various occupations. Expand the Community college to a four year college for those who wish it. More scholarships especially in the sciences and engineering.

Pjk about 1 month ago

Open farming areas, as well as town areas. Historical significance as well as the idea of townships within the county each with it’s own character, schools, shopping, places of worship, etc.

Pjk about 1 month ago

I love how the County Government strives to communicate and be as transparent as possible.

Anne1939 about 2 months ago

The Old and the New! From the growing Ellicott City Historic District to the ever improving Columbia Newtown Howard County is a very special place. Old friends and new fiends meet and greet one another in many social settings. From outdoor music venues to petting zoos and public parks Howard County has public spaces for interaction. Newcomers are warmly welcomed and the entire fabric of our Community benefits from our diversity.

DonR4401 about 2 months ago

great school system; lots of well-maintained open space; well-maintained roads; high tolerance for diverse populations; low tolerance for hate groups and hate ideology; suburban feel (except for downtown); proximity to major roads and to an airport; lots of eateries; respect for historic Ellicott City as well as for the Columbia village concept.

Valerie M about 2 months ago

The sleepy hollow between two cities. I hope it stays that way. I hope we don't cram every space with apartments and cement. I hope we keep the greenspace feel, the love of the environment, the hometown feel, the space to breathe and enjoy the outdoors. We don't need to be the city between two cities, lets stay the comfortable town with great schools, diversity, coexistence, civility, activism, decisions made for community sake, not development sake.

CDB1976 about 2 months ago

Howard County has a lot to offer but it truly needs a Vision to ensure that development can more than adequately handle our infrastructure. Infrastructure includes not only Schools and Roads, but the Hospital, EMS, Fire, Police, Utilities, etc.

StuKohn 2 months ago

The high education level of its residents makes for high level discussion on community issues. The community is compassionate and strives to be inclusive.

TomM 2 months ago

The location in-between Baltimore and Washington gives wonderful access to cultural and recreational resources. The community is diverse, well-educated, and generally welcoming. Local resources include a diversity of community activities, highly regarded public school systems, and a politically active community. These are all things that I highly value.

Ruth77 2 months ago

I transplanted here from another county in Maryland where I just didn't fit in well. I've found after 20+ years that the people of Howard County as a whole are smart, engaging, and community-oriented. The racial tolerance and progressiveness of the county aligns so well with my ideals, I don't think I will ever leave.

ddhelfrich 2 months ago

It's the people of Howard County that are what makes Howard County so special. Our diversity, our civic enthusiasm, our ideals and desire to make our a community a better place to live and work make us more than just a bedroom community between Baltimore and Washington. My father helped Jim Rouse found Columbia, a town populated by dreamers and idealists, working together to create a better community. These ideals went beyond Columbia's borders and enriched the surrounding communities. It is our responsibility to create a sustainable place for future generations to live in a safe, inclusive community where everyone can live freely. I work for a geriatrician. Frequently, I hear complaints that our patients find they can no longer afford to stay in our county. We need to do better to ensure that our older population can afford to stay in the community which they helped create. Rather than spoiling undeveloped land, we need responsible infill and development of more modest homes (ranchers, bungalows, Craftsman) that are suitable for starter family homes or for older residents who wish to downsize.

AlixM 2 months ago