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County Executive Calvin Ball announces new housing master plan, task force

Posted at 7:43 PM, Oct 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-30 19:43:41-04

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. — On Wednesday, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced the new Housing Opportunities Master Plan process, the first in over a decade.

This process includes hiring an independent consultant to find potential approaches in housing. This includes ways to expand ownership opportunities and ensure a sustainable future of housing in Howard County. Ball signed an Executive Order to form a Housing Opportunities Master Plan Task Force who will ensure an inclusive and transparent process.

The plan is envisioned to take approximately one year to complete so that the County can consider Fiscal Year 2022 budget investments, based on the recommendations. T

he steps of the Housing Opportunities Master Plan process include:

  1. Data Collection
  2. Outreach
  3. Explore Approaches in Other Jurisdictions
  4. Identify Options
  5. Conduct Application Projections and Assessments
  6. Finalizing the Plan
  7. Composing and Presenting the Final Report 8. Post-Project Implementation Review

The Housing Opportunities Master Plan Task Force will provide a local understanding of the broader issues concerning housing needs and they will promote public involvement during the development of the Master Plan.

The Task Force members include:

  • Paul Casey
  • Pat Sylvester
  • Jennifer Broderick
  • David Nitkin
  • Paula Seabright
  • Steve Breeden
  • Brian McLaughlin
  • Maria Miller
  • Roger Barnes
  • Leonardo McClarty
  • Joan Driessen
  • Mavis Ellis
  • Brent Loveless
  • Bill McCormack
  • Anne Brinker
  • Cindy Parr
  • Kevin Kelehan
  • Erica Byrne
  • Victoria Hathaway
  • Dr. Caroline Harper
  • Ana Cisneros
  • Linda Wengel
  • Phyllis Zolotorow