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Monday, March 2, 2015

March 13th Friday Walk Howard County public meetings

     If you have followed this blog you know that I have pointed out some of the problems with our community not being very walkable along many of our major roads.  The Walk Howard effort is holding a couple of public meetings to obtain public input on how to make Howard County more walkable.  This effort will update the 2007 Pedestrian Plan.  That plan had these goals:

1) Provide a system of sidewalks, pathways and associated pedestrian facility improvements which meet the mobility needs of current and future residents, enhance public safety, improve access to transit and support community revitalization. 

2) Establish a process for prioritizing the use of capital funds to be directed toward pedestrian facility improvements. Focus efforts on sidewalks and crossings in the more densely populated eastern part of the County.  

3)  Direct resources to potentially unsafe areas as well as to locations which serve the greatest number of people based on pedestrian origins and destinations. Howard County Pedestrian Plan 6 Provide for safe pedestrian travel along and across minor collector and higher classified roads. 

4)  Provide pedestrian improvements in residential neighborhoods consistent with the Howard Count Policy on Sidewalk Extensions in Established Residential Neighborhoods (referred to herein as the County Sidewalk Policy). 

5) Provide guidance for the review of all development plans submitted to the County, including plans for State and County capital projects, with respect to the need for pedestrian facilities. 

Here are the meetings planned for public input:

Meeting 1
Monday, March 16
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Slayton House Identifying needs during team meeting
Wilde Lake Village Center
10400 Cross Fox Lane
Columbia, MD 21044
Meeting 2
Saturday, March 28
1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
North Laurel Community Center
9411 Whiskey Bottom Road
Laurel, MD 20723


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