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Community Planning

Master Plans: Downtown Columbia | Columbia Villages 

Corridor Plans: Route 1 & Route 40



Oakland Mills Village Center resources  

ReImagine Long Reach Village Center 


Executive Allan H. Kittleman, along with the Long Reach Village Board, has scheduled four meetings to seek input from residents about the revitalization of the Long Reach Village Center. 

 Route 1 Corridor Projects and Programs 

Your resource for new special projects and programs underway in the Route 1 Corridor, including a sidewalk project and tax credit program. The site also links to information on community services and development highlights in the corridor.

Community Master Plans 

 Downtown Columbia | 410-313-2350


Neighborhood Documents 


FDP-DC-Crescent-1: Concept Plan | Final Development Plan | Design Guidelines | Implementation Plan 

Merriweather-Symphony Woods

FDP-DC-MSW-1: Final Development Plan (Includes Concept and Implementation Plan) | Design Guidelines 

 The Mall

FDP-DC-The Mall-1: Concept Plan | Final Development Plan | Design Guidelines | Implementation Plan 


FDP-DC-Warfield-1: Concept Plan | Final Development Plan | Design Guidelines | Implementation Plan 

Downtown-Wide Documents 

Downtown Columbia: A Community Vision 

Downtown Columbia Plan: A General Plan Amendment

The Plan is an amendment to the Howard County General Plan and creates a 30-year master plan for the revitalization and redevelopment of Downtown Columbia. Specific land use, transportation, environmental, community conservation and housing policies are presented.

Downtown-Wide Design Guidelines  

Includes guidelines for street, amenity space, architecture and sustainability.The Downtown-Wide Design Guidelines will be used as a measure against which specific Neighborhood Design Guidelines will be developed for each of Downtown's neighborhoods (Warfield, Symphony Overlook, The Lakefront and Lakefront Core, The Mall, Merriweather- Symphony Woods and The Crescent). The Neighborhood Design Guidelines will then be used to evaluate the design elements of specific projects downtown.

Best Management Practices for Symphony Stream and Lake Kittamaqundi Watersheds
Watershed assessments targeting stormwater retrofitting and riparian corridor restoration opportunities for the watersheds of the two streams that flow through Columbia Town Center. The watershed assessment consists of compilation and analyses of existing information as well as field reconnaissance to identify stormwater retrofit and riparian corridor restoration opportunities.

Merriweather and Crescent Environmental Study 

This report describes the findings of a Natural Resource Assessment (NRA performed on a 150 acre portion of the Columbia Town Center Redevelopment area. The general extent of the NRA includes 150 acres within the “Merriweather”, “Crescent” and the “Little Patuxent River Corridor” areas.

Additional Downtown Regulations 

Adequate Public Facilites Ordinance: Title 16 - Planning, Zoning and Subdivisions and Land Development Regulation, Subtitle 11 Adequate Public Facilities

Chapter 4, Adequate Public Facilities Test Evaluation Requirements: Design Manual - Volume III, Roads and Bridges

Design Advisory Panel: Title 16 - Planning, Zoning and Subdivisions and Land Development Regulation, Subtitle 15 Design Advisory Panel

Green Building: Title 3 Buildings, Subtitle 10 Energy Efficiency and Environmental Design

Sign Code: Title 3 - Buildings, Subtitle 5 - Signs

Zoning Regulations: Section 125: NT (New Town) District


Community Enhancement, Programs and Public Amenities (CEPPAs) 

Draft Feasibility Studies 

The following initial draft reports have been presented to Howard County by the Howard Hughes Corporation. The County staff is in the process of reviewing these documents and have not yet accepted the reports. Any questions or concerns regarding these draft documents should be directed to the Howard Hughes Corporation.

Part 1: Downtown Transit Center and Circulator Shuttle (Part of CEPPA No. 5)

Part 2: Downtown Columbia to Oakland Mills Multimodoal Connection (Part of CEPPA No. 3)

Broken Land Parkway / US Route 29 North-South Connector Road 

Little Patuxent Parkway / US 29 Interchange 

Columbia Villages 

Harper's Choice

Village Center Community Plan 

The plan provides the community vision to be used in preparing and evaluating the appropriateness of village center development and/or redevelopment petitions by property owners. Principles of economic, social and environmental sustainability are presented to ensure the village center thrives in times of change.

Hickory Ridge

Village Center Community Plan 

The plan articulates the community goals of promoting the health, attractiveness, viability and vibrancy of the Hickory Ridge Village Center as the focal point for the village while protecting and enhancing the viability of the current retail core.

Kings Contrivance

Village Center Community Plan 

The key purpose of this plan is to establish the guidelines and restrictions for a developer that is planning to develop or redevelop a portion or all of the Village Center. The Committee developed 18 statements/recommendations that define the development/redevelopment.

Long Reach

Village Center Master Plan 

The plan provides guidance from the Village of Long Reach to the County and developers on the vision and planning concepts that are desired by the Long Reach Community Association as the village area changes over time. It is anticipated that this plan will be referred to as property improvements and development proposals are considered and to help guide decision-making about appropriate uses and design issues in the village area.

Owen Brown

Village Center Commuity Plan 

The Village Center Community Plan (VCCP) provides a community vision for the village center which is to be used to help evaluate the appropriateness of future village redevelopment petitions. The plan envisions the village center as a destination for people of all ages, a place that supports thriving businesses and serves as an active center of community life.

Oakland Mills

Village Center Community Plan (2015)

The 2015 OMVCCP includes acknowledgements, introduction, village center boundary, accomplishments since 2007, main objectives, design concepts, implementation plan and appendices.

Village Center Master Plan (2007)

Provides a community vision for the Oakland Mills Village Center as a true destination with a clear identity that is cohesive and well planned, supports thriving businesses, and serves as a real center of community life. Simple, moderate and significant improvements for achieving plan goals are presented.

River Hill

Village Center Community Plan 

The purpose of the River Hill Village Center Master Plan is to provide an analysis of the current and future expected issues facing the Village Center, while providing a framework for solutions to these issues. In order to focus on a specific area, the plan defines boundaries for the Village Center and includes a short-term and long-term vision for its future.

Wilde Lake

Village Center Community Plan 

The plan puts forward ideas for maintaining the “Village Center Concept” initiated by Wilde Lake as a place that meets the daily needs of residents, is sufficiently vibrant to attract consumers from across the region and functions as an exciting focal point for the community and a venue for both commercial and social activities throughout the day.

Corridor Plans


Route 1 | Kate Bolinger | 410-313-4393

Route 1 Manual  

Adopted in March 2004 and updated in July 2009, the manual articulates design requirements and recommendations for properties in the Route 1 corridor and for the Route 1 roadway. The Manual explains procedures for determining compliance with the zoning regulations, especially for the corridor-specific zoning districts.

Rt 1 Studies  

Market Analysis: Route 1 Snowden-Dobbin Corridors - 2011

The analysis examines commercial (office, flex, retail) and industrial market opportunities in the County over the next 20 years focusing on the Route 1 corridor and existing commercial-industrial segments along the Snowden River Parkway/Dobbin Road corridor.

SHA Corridor Improvement Strategy - 2008
The strategy recommends a set of transportation improvements to accommodate new development and redevelopment in the corridor and improve the appearance and functioning of the US 1 road network. The strategy identifies needs and priorities for improvements to be made by developers, the County and the State.

Corridor Revitalization

Phase 1 Report  - 2001

Phase 2 Report  - 2002

 Route 40 | Kate Bolinger | 410-313-4393

 Route 40 Design Manual  

This Manual outlines design guidelines that, when applied to new development or redevelopment within the Route 40 Corridor, will enhance the overall aesthetics and function of the corridor.

Streetscape Master Plan  

The Route 40 Streetscape Master Plan (Master Plan) will identify opportunities for creating a more visually appealing and consistent corridor and will include recommendations for improving interconnectivity and pedestrian access to sites along the roadway. Recommended improvements in the Master Plan may include sidewalks, landscape buffers, street trees, and median plantings such as wildflowers. 

Previous Studies
Enhancement Study 

Addresses the economic development and community enhancement potential of the Route 40 Corridor. The Study provides recommendations for short term and long term priorities for the corridor.