Virtual public workshops to highlight the complete design of the streets


HOWARD COUNTY, MD – Howard County officials have completed a draft of their complete street design manual and offers several community engagement opportunities for residents and businesses to provide feedback. The Complete Streets implementation team will be running two virtual public workshops on Thursday, October 14 and again on October 21. The Design Manual is a technical document that guides the design of Howard County streets and will now include national and context-specific best practices. Street concepts.

“I strongly encourage members of the community to inquire about the full update of the street design manual,” said Bruce Gartner, administrator of the Howard County Transportation Office. “The county is doing everything possible to be transparent in its transportation planning efforts, inclusive and engaging all members of the public, and responsive to all community contributions in our projects, plans and directions. This is the next step. leading the county in implementing our Complete Streets Policy, which will help ensure we provide safe, accessible and reliable streets for all. ”

The first workshop this Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. will provide an overview of the county’s approach to complete street design. It will be available on Webex and streamed on Facebook by the Howard County Government.

The second workshop, on Oct. 21 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., will provide a technical overview of updates to the design manual and will be of particular interest to professionals who regularly use the design manual, the county noted. Materials for this workshop will be posted on the project website in mid-October and should be reviewed prior to the event. The second workshop will be held on Webex only.

Questions from the public regarding the design manual can be submitted here and will be answered during the workshops. Additional details on the workshops and how to participate are available here.

The public can also provide comments on the draft design manual until October 28 via a online survey. The final version of the design manual will be presented to County Council for review in December.

“The Comprehensive Street Policy and Design Manual will guide Howard County’s planning for years and generations to come,” Jennifer White, Senior Policy and Community Engagement Officer at the Horizon Foundation. “This is a critical step that will bring us closer to a vision where residents will be able to walk, cycle and access public transit safely, easily and comfortably. We encourage residents of all abilities to provide the public’s contribution and to express their support for Streets for All. . “

In October 2019, the county passed the Complete streets policy.


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