Proposed bill could halt construction in Ellicott City watershed area

Posted at 9:44 AM, Sep 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-19 17:54:40-04

A nine-month moratorium could halt construction in a watershed area near Ellicott City’s historic district, recently hit hard by flooding.

Howard County Councilman Jon Weinstein introduced a bill Tuesday that would temporarily stop development along the Tiber-Hudson Watershed to allow city officials time to study the area for storm water management and flood mitigation recommendations.

“Postponing future development in the watershed will provide the County time to evaluate whether such development poses additional threats to the safety of people, businesses, and property in Historic Ellicott City.” Weinstein said in a Facebook post. “To me, a temporary halt seems prudent to give the community time to recover and rebuild, while the County looks at ways to mitigate further the flow of storm water into the district.”

A public hearing on the bill will take place on Sept. 19.

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