Post Disaster Planning in Ellicott City: Is Past Prologue?
Join APA-Maryland on Wednesday, January 31st at the Howard County Historical Society in Ellicott City from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM for a presentation and discussion on Post Disaster Planning in Ellicott City and a short presentation on APA-Maryland's new Work Program for 2018. Light refreshments will be served. After the event we will gather at the Ellicott Mills Brewing Company at 8308 Main Street in Ellicott City for some after-event socializing and networking. This event will be eligible for one Certification Maintenance (CM) credit for AICP members. Following the significant flooding of the historic Ellicott City Main Street in July of 2016, property owners, merchants, non-profits and the county have moved from disaster response to integrating disaster recovery into a long-term master plan for the area. The Historic Ellicott City Main Street community is only 18 months removed from a flood of historic proportions. After the work of the county’s first responders was mostly complete, the work of longer term flood recovery began. Prior to the 2016 flood, the area was designated a Maryland Main Street as well as a Maryland Sustainable Community and was led by the Ellicott City Partnership. Ellicott City is also a designed historic district. Revitalization strategies were identified and these programs were in place. In between the immediate disaster response phase and the long-term planning phase, the County convened a series of community recovery meetings and formed the Community Advisory Group to create an effective link between intermediate disaster response and long-term planning. The master plan is taking a fresh and creative look at long term flood mitigation strategies, land use, downtown parking, business/retail marketing strategies, urban design and placemaking, and transportation. Most importantly, it will define funding and implementation strategies and address Ellicott City at a watershed level in a way that many traditional master plans do not do. The result will be a comprehensive, community-driven vision for rebuilding a stronger and more resilient Ellicott City. The Master Plan process has included extensive public outreach through community workshops/meetings and the engagement of the Master Plan Advisory Team. Howard County, supporting transparency in the process, maintains a website hosting over a dozen prior studies, records of all the public workshops, and supports online engagement through surveys. The plan will be adopted as a general plan amendment in 2018 with an emphasis on implementation. Event Speakers: Tom McGilloway, PLA, ASLA, Principal, Mahan Rykiel; and Peter G. Conrad, AICP, Deputy Director, Howard County Planning and Zoning Image credit: Preservation Maryland (Ellicott City Flood Recovery, Frederick Rd.) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons