Strategic Advisory Groups

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The HoCo By Design team formed three Strategic Advisory Groups to delve into specific opportunities and challenges that were identified through the planning process.

The SAGs addressed three different general areas: Planning for School Capacity and Growth (schools), Diversifying Housing Stock and Creating Opportunities for “Missing Middle Housing” (housing), and Examining Climate Change and Natural Resources (environment).

SAG members comprised a multi-disciplinary group of experts that acted as advisors to the project team, similar to policy think tanks. SAG meeting materials, findings and conclusions are shared with the Planning Advisory Committee and the public via this webpage.

July 30, 2021 Update: Read the SAG findings through the matrices linked below:

Planning for School Capacity and Growth (schools) – Findings Matrix

Diversifying Housing Stock and Creating Opportunities for “Missing Middle Housing” (housing) – Findings Matrix

Examining Climate Change and Natural Resources (environment) – Findings Matrix

Schools SAG

The Schools SAG will consider a range of factors impacting planning for school facilities and population growth. The Schools SAG will likely explore Roles and Responsibilities of County government, the school system, and board of education; School Site Identification – Land Bank and School Site Reservation; and School Prototypes.

Planning for School Capacity & Growth Strategic Advisory Group

RoleNameExpertise
MemberMichael Bayer
  • Manager, Infrastructure and Development, Maryland Department of Planning
  • Designee, Maryland Interagency Commission on School Construction
MemberJames Cecil
  • Member, HCPSS Community Advisory Council
  • Member, HCPSS Operating Budget Review Committee
  • Delegate, Parent Teacher Association Council of Howard County
  • Former Member, HCPSS Policy 6010 Committee
MemberLarry Cohen
  • Former Member, Howard County Board of Education
  • Former School Administrator and Educator, HCPSS
MemberJoel Gallihue
  • Chief, Long Range Planning, Harford County
  • Former Manager, School Planning, Howard County Public School System
  • Former Director, Long Range Planning, Montgomery County Public Schools
MemberEllen Flynn Giles
  • Member, Howard County Spending Affordability Committee
  • Former Member, Howard County Board of Education
  • Former Chair, HCPSS Community Advisory Council
  • Former Member, HCPSS Policy 6010 Committee
  • Data Analysis & Technical Editing Professional
MemberElizabeth Homan
  • Chair, Howard County Housing Commission
  • Executive Director, Public Relations and Marketing, Howard Community College
MemberSteve Hunt
  • Member, Howard County Board of Appeals
  • Former Member, HCPSS Policy 6010 Committee
  • Former Member, HCPSS Area Attendance Committee
MemberPratima LeleChair, HCPSS Community Advisory Council
MemberDr. Yun LuMember, Howard County Board of Education
Staff AdvisorJeff Bronow, DPZChief, Division of Research
Staff AdvisorDan Lubeley, HCPSSDirector, Capital Planning & Construction
Staff AdvisorTim Rogers, HCPSSManager, School Planning
DPZ Staff LeadBrian Shepter, DPZ
Deputy Director, Department of Planning and Zoning (DPZ)


Housing SAG

The work of the Housing and Neighborhoods SAG will complement certain draft recommendations found in the Housing Opportunities Master Plan. This SAG will discuss:

1) “Missing middle” housing needs

2) What "missing middle" housing could look like

2) Where in the County can “missing middle” housing be located?

3) What zoning changes need to occur to make it possible?

Housing & Neighborhoods Strategic Advisory Group

RoleNameExpertise*
MemberJackie Alexander
  • Regional Vice President, The Community Builders Inc.
  • Nonprofit Developer—Affordable Housing
MemberPaul Casey
  • Retired Partner, Law Firm of Ballard Spahr LLP (Practice areas: real estate finance and public finance transactions, with an emphasis on affordable housing, public housing law, and federal housing programs)
  • Former President, Columbia Downtown Housing Corporation
  • Member, Howard County Economic Opportunity and Prosperity Task Force
  • Member, Housing Opportunities Master Plan Task Force;
  • Board Member, Howard County Housing Commission
  • Member, Howard County Housing Affordability Coalition
MemberAlicyn DelZoppo
  • Realtor, Northrop Realty/Long & Foster
MemberCandace Dodson-Reed
  • Chief of Staff to the President and Executive Director, Office of Equity and Inclusion at University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • Founder, African American Community Roundtable
  • Resident
  • Advocate
MemberLisa Govoni
  • Housing Policy Coordinator, Montgomery County Planning Department
MemberBruce Harvey
  • President, Williamsburg Homes
  • Chair, Howard County Chapter of Maryland Building Industry Association (MBIA)
  • Former Board Chair, Community Foundation of Howard County
MemberSherman Howell
  • Vice President, African American Coalition of Howard County
  • Former Vice President, Howard County Chapter of the NAACP
  • Past Member, Oakland Mills Village Board
  • Past Vice President, Columbia Forum Past Task Force
  • Member, Howard County General Plan 2000
  • Affordable Housing Advocate
MemberSean Hughes
  • Attorney, Montgomery County firm of Miller, Miller & Canby (Practice areas: land use and telecommunications law)
  • Resident
MemberFran LoPresti
  • Co-Chair, Age Friendly Housing Workgroup
MemberPaul Revelle
  • Member, Howard County Housing Affordability Coalition
  • Board Member, Community Homes Housing Inc. (CHHI)
  • Residential Land Developer
MemberJean Sedlacko
  • Associate General Counsel, Enterprise Community Partners/Enterprise Community Investment
  • Member, Howard County Housing Affordability Coalition
  • Vice Chair, MakingChange, Inc.
  • Former President, St. John’s Community Association
MemberJosh Tzuker
  • Senior Policy Counsel for Oracle
  • Member, Spending Affordability Advisory Committee
  • Former Member, Howard County Planning Board
Staff AdvisorKelly Cimino, DHCDDirector, Department of Housing and Community Development
DPZ Staff LeadMary Kendall, DPZ

Deputy Director, Department of Planning and Zoning (DPZ)

DPZ Staff LeadKristin O'Connor, DPZDivision Chief, Comprehensive and Community Planning, DPZ


Environment SAG

The Environment SAG will discuss climate change adaptation, mitigation and resiliency challenges, as well as natural resource protection and restoration measures. Adaptation and resiliency challenges include identifying communities most vulnerable to climate change and developing solutions related to land use that can help them to become more resilient.

Environment Strategic Advisory Group

RoleNameExpertise*
MemberTodd Arterburn
  • Member, Howard County’s Spending Affordability Committee
  • Founder, The Rainmaker Group (development and construction firm with experience in affordable housing, golf courses, residential subdivisions, office suites and other commercial projects)
MemberJim Caldwell
  • Former Director, Howard County Office of Community Sustainability
  • Former Director, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection
  • Board Member, Howard EcoWorks
  • Patuxent River Commission
MemberMichael Calkins
  • Stormwater Management Specialist/Conservation Planner, Howard County Soil Conservation District
MemberChristine Conn
  • Chair, Howard County Environmental Sustainability Board
  • Landscape Conservation Planner, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Chesapeake Bay Program’s Habitat Goal Implementation Team
MemberKim Drake
  • Climate Change Policy Analyst, Maryland Department of the Environment, Climate Change Program
  • Columbia Association Climate Change and Sustainability Advisory Committee, Howard County Sierra Club Committee
MemberAnn Jones
  • Vice Chair, Howard County Agricultural Preservation Board
  • Director, Baltimore County Land Trust Alliance
  • Former Chair, Howard County Conservancy
MemberErica Jones
  • Board Member, Community Ecology Institute
  • Master Gardener/Farmer/Chef
  • Community food justice and education
  • Climate action advocacy
MemberNed Tillman
  • Former Chair, Howard County Environmental Sustainability Board
  • Climate Activist and Author—Saving the Places We Love
  • Earth and Environmental Scientist
  • Chair of 2030 General Plan Task Force
  • Chair of Howard County Conservancy Board
Staff AdvisorMark DeLuca, DPWDeputy Director, Department of Public Works (Bureau of Environmental Services)
Staff AdvisorJoshua Feldmark, OCSDirector, Office of Community Sustainability
Staff AdvisorMark Richmond, DPWDivision Chief, Stormwater Management, DPW
Staff AdvisorJames Zoller, OCSSustainability Projects Manager
DPZ Staff LeadKate Bolinger, DPZCommunity Planner, DPZ
DPZ Staff LeadSusan Overstreet, DPZEnvironmental Planner, DPZ

*Details of SAG member expertise will be updated as soon as it is available.

Schedule of Meetings

MeetingDateMaterials
School SAG Meeting #1May 10
School SAG Meeting #2May 24
School SAG Meeting #3June 21
School SAG Meeting #4July 9



Housing SAG Meeting #1May 13
Housing SAG Meeting #2May 27
Housing SAG Meeting #3June 24
Housing SAG Meeting #4July 8
Housing SAG Meeting #5July 22



Environment SAG Meeting #1May 17
Environment SAG Meeting #2June 1
Environment SAG Meeting #3June 29
Environment SAG Meeting #4July 13


The HoCo By Design team formed three Strategic Advisory Groups to delve into specific opportunities and challenges that were identified through the planning process.

The SAGs addressed three different general areas: Planning for School Capacity and Growth (schools), Diversifying Housing Stock and Creating Opportunities for “Missing Middle Housing” (housing), and Examining Climate Change and Natural Resources (environment).

SAG members comprised a multi-disciplinary group of experts that acted as advisors to the project team, similar to policy think tanks. SAG meeting materials, findings and conclusions are shared with the Planning Advisory Committee and the public via this webpage.

July 30, 2021 Update: Read the SAG findings through the matrices linked below:

Planning for School Capacity and Growth (schools) – Findings Matrix

Diversifying Housing Stock and Creating Opportunities for “Missing Middle Housing” (housing) – Findings Matrix

Examining Climate Change and Natural Resources (environment) – Findings Matrix

Schools SAG

The Schools SAG will consider a range of factors impacting planning for school facilities and population growth. The Schools SAG will likely explore Roles and Responsibilities of County government, the school system, and board of education; School Site Identification – Land Bank and School Site Reservation; and School Prototypes.

Planning for School Capacity & Growth Strategic Advisory Group

RoleNameExpertise
MemberMichael Bayer
  • Manager, Infrastructure and Development, Maryland Department of Planning
  • Designee, Maryland Interagency Commission on School Construction
MemberJames Cecil
  • Member, HCPSS Community Advisory Council
  • Member, HCPSS Operating Budget Review Committee
  • Delegate, Parent Teacher Association Council of Howard County
  • Former Member, HCPSS Policy 6010 Committee
MemberLarry Cohen
  • Former Member, Howard County Board of Education
  • Former School Administrator and Educator, HCPSS
MemberJoel Gallihue
  • Chief, Long Range Planning, Harford County
  • Former Manager, School Planning, Howard County Public School System
  • Former Director, Long Range Planning, Montgomery County Public Schools
MemberEllen Flynn Giles
  • Member, Howard County Spending Affordability Committee
  • Former Member, Howard County Board of Education
  • Former Chair, HCPSS Community Advisory Council
  • Former Member, HCPSS Policy 6010 Committee
  • Data Analysis & Technical Editing Professional
MemberElizabeth Homan
  • Chair, Howard County Housing Commission
  • Executive Director, Public Relations and Marketing, Howard Community College
MemberSteve Hunt
  • Member, Howard County Board of Appeals
  • Former Member, HCPSS Policy 6010 Committee
  • Former Member, HCPSS Area Attendance Committee
MemberPratima LeleChair, HCPSS Community Advisory Council
MemberDr. Yun LuMember, Howard County Board of Education
Staff AdvisorJeff Bronow, DPZChief, Division of Research
Staff AdvisorDan Lubeley, HCPSSDirector, Capital Planning & Construction
Staff AdvisorTim Rogers, HCPSSManager, School Planning
DPZ Staff LeadBrian Shepter, DPZ
Deputy Director, Department of Planning and Zoning (DPZ)


Housing SAG

The work of the Housing and Neighborhoods SAG will complement certain draft recommendations found in the Housing Opportunities Master Plan. This SAG will discuss:

1) “Missing middle” housing needs

2) What "missing middle" housing could look like

2) Where in the County can “missing middle” housing be located?

3) What zoning changes need to occur to make it possible?

Housing & Neighborhoods Strategic Advisory Group

RoleNameExpertise*
MemberJackie Alexander
  • Regional Vice President, The Community Builders Inc.
  • Nonprofit Developer—Affordable Housing
MemberPaul Casey
  • Retired Partner, Law Firm of Ballard Spahr LLP (Practice areas: real estate finance and public finance transactions, with an emphasis on affordable housing, public housing law, and federal housing programs)
  • Former President, Columbia Downtown Housing Corporation
  • Member, Howard County Economic Opportunity and Prosperity Task Force
  • Member, Housing Opportunities Master Plan Task Force;
  • Board Member, Howard County Housing Commission
  • Member, Howard County Housing Affordability Coalition
MemberAlicyn DelZoppo
  • Realtor, Northrop Realty/Long & Foster
MemberCandace Dodson-Reed
  • Chief of Staff to the President and Executive Director, Office of Equity and Inclusion at University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • Founder, African American Community Roundtable
  • Resident
  • Advocate
MemberLisa Govoni
  • Housing Policy Coordinator, Montgomery County Planning Department
MemberBruce Harvey
  • President, Williamsburg Homes
  • Chair, Howard County Chapter of Maryland Building Industry Association (MBIA)
  • Former Board Chair, Community Foundation of Howard County
MemberSherman Howell
  • Vice President, African American Coalition of Howard County
  • Former Vice President, Howard County Chapter of the NAACP
  • Past Member, Oakland Mills Village Board
  • Past Vice President, Columbia Forum Past Task Force
  • Member, Howard County General Plan 2000
  • Affordable Housing Advocate
MemberSean Hughes
  • Attorney, Montgomery County firm of Miller, Miller & Canby (Practice areas: land use and telecommunications law)
  • Resident
MemberFran LoPresti
  • Co-Chair, Age Friendly Housing Workgroup
MemberPaul Revelle
  • Member, Howard County Housing Affordability Coalition
  • Board Member, Community Homes Housing Inc. (CHHI)
  • Residential Land Developer
MemberJean Sedlacko
  • Associate General Counsel, Enterprise Community Partners/Enterprise Community Investment
  • Member, Howard County Housing Affordability Coalition
  • Vice Chair, MakingChange, Inc.
  • Former President, St. John’s Community Association
MemberJosh Tzuker
  • Senior Policy Counsel for Oracle
  • Member, Spending Affordability Advisory Committee
  • Former Member, Howard County Planning Board
Staff AdvisorKelly Cimino, DHCDDirector, Department of Housing and Community Development
DPZ Staff LeadMary Kendall, DPZ

Deputy Director, Department of Planning and Zoning (DPZ)

DPZ Staff LeadKristin O'Connor, DPZDivision Chief, Comprehensive and Community Planning, DPZ


Environment SAG

The Environment SAG will discuss climate change adaptation, mitigation and resiliency challenges, as well as natural resource protection and restoration measures. Adaptation and resiliency challenges include identifying communities most vulnerable to climate change and developing solutions related to land use that can help them to become more resilient.

Environment Strategic Advisory Group

RoleNameExpertise*
MemberTodd Arterburn
  • Member, Howard County’s Spending Affordability Committee
  • Founder, The Rainmaker Group (development and construction firm with experience in affordable housing, golf courses, residential subdivisions, office suites and other commercial projects)
MemberJim Caldwell
  • Former Director, Howard County Office of Community Sustainability
  • Former Director, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection
  • Board Member, Howard EcoWorks
  • Patuxent River Commission
MemberMichael Calkins
  • Stormwater Management Specialist/Conservation Planner, Howard County Soil Conservation District
MemberChristine Conn
  • Chair, Howard County Environmental Sustainability Board
  • Landscape Conservation Planner, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Chesapeake Bay Program’s Habitat Goal Implementation Team
MemberKim Drake
  • Climate Change Policy Analyst, Maryland Department of the Environment, Climate Change Program
  • Columbia Association Climate Change and Sustainability Advisory Committee, Howard County Sierra Club Committee
MemberAnn Jones
  • Vice Chair, Howard County Agricultural Preservation Board
  • Director, Baltimore County Land Trust Alliance
  • Former Chair, Howard County Conservancy
MemberErica Jones
  • Board Member, Community Ecology Institute
  • Master Gardener/Farmer/Chef
  • Community food justice and education
  • Climate action advocacy
MemberNed Tillman
  • Former Chair, Howard County Environmental Sustainability Board
  • Climate Activist and Author—Saving the Places We Love
  • Earth and Environmental Scientist
  • Chair of 2030 General Plan Task Force
  • Chair of Howard County Conservancy Board
Staff AdvisorMark DeLuca, DPWDeputy Director, Department of Public Works (Bureau of Environmental Services)
Staff AdvisorJoshua Feldmark, OCSDirector, Office of Community Sustainability
Staff AdvisorMark Richmond, DPWDivision Chief, Stormwater Management, DPW
Staff AdvisorJames Zoller, OCSSustainability Projects Manager
DPZ Staff LeadKate Bolinger, DPZCommunity Planner, DPZ
DPZ Staff LeadSusan Overstreet, DPZEnvironmental Planner, DPZ

*Details of SAG member expertise will be updated as soon as it is available.

Schedule of Meetings

MeetingDateMaterials
School SAG Meeting #1May 10
School SAG Meeting #2May 24
School SAG Meeting #3June 21
School SAG Meeting #4July 9



Housing SAG Meeting #1May 13
Housing SAG Meeting #2May 27
Housing SAG Meeting #3June 24
Housing SAG Meeting #4July 8
Housing SAG Meeting #5July 22



Environment SAG Meeting #1May 17
Environment SAG Meeting #2June 1
Environment SAG Meeting #3June 29
Environment SAG Meeting #4July 13


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