ELLICOTT CITY, Md. — Howard County Executive Calvin Ball pre-filed two resolutions on Friday to protect Tiber Branch and Plumtree Branch watersheds and mitigate flooding in Ellicott City.
The first resolution would require developments to meet higher standards for storm water management. It would also address the short duration, high-intensity storms that caused devastating flooding in 2016 and 2018, and establishing a more rigorous process for permitting the use of fees-in-lieu.
The second resolution would increase storm water management in-lieu fees and bring them up-to-date to reflect current costs for constructing storm water management facilities.
“This legislation represents significant action to strengthen environmental protection in our watersheds and plan for the future with previous storms in mind. In addition to our mitigation work through ‘EC Safe and Sound,’ this legislation will address development and help protect Ellicott City,” said Ball. “Armed with lessons of the past, we are making positive change to serve both the land and the people of our community. By decreasing storm runoff, we will help mitigate flooding and increase safety for all.”