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04.11.11 Ulman Names General Plan Task Force to Help Guide the Next 20 Years

 April 11, 2011

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Kevin Enright, Director, Office of Public Information, 410-313-2022
William Mackey, Chief, Community and Comprehensive Planning, Dept. of Planning & Zoning, 410-313-2350

Howard County plans for the future

Ulman Names General Plan Task Force to Help Guide the Next 20 Years


ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Executive Ken Ulman announced today his appointments to the General Plan Task Force. Approximately every 10 years, Howard County updates its General Plan, establishing a Task Force to provide guidance to the County as it plans for the opportunities and challenges of the future.

“We have selected a diverse group of residents representing a broad range of backgrounds, experiences and interests to serve as members of the Task Force,” said County Executive Ulman. “We believe this is the best way to represent Howard County residents’ rich and varied perspectives as we craft a vision for our County for the next 20 years.”

The Department of Planning and Zoning is tasked with overseeing the General Plan update, and over the last several months, staff have been researching and preparing background information for this project. At this point, a task force that reflects various community perspectives is needed to help develop the guiding principles and framework for the General Plan. Although the task force members have many different professional and community affiliations, each is being asked to serve as an individual resident, not as a representative of any group or organization.

The 36 Task Force members are: Ned Tillman (Chairman); Tudy Adler; Nina Basu; Kal Bhatti; Steve Breeden; Martha Anne Clark; Phil Engelke; Doug Erdmann; Anwar Hasan; Karol Hess; Sarah Husain; Andrea Ingram; Daraius Irani; Barbara Kellner; Grace Kubofcik; Joan Lancos; Ted Mariani; Val McGuire; Joe Mezzanotte; Maria Miller; Chris Murn; Sang Oh; Jay Parekh; Elizabeth Rendon; Steven Rice; Dwayne Robinson; Brent Rutley; Bill Santos; Peter Scheidt; Maurice Simpkins; Felícita Solá-Carter; Sue Song; David Steele; Robert Turner; Sharonlee Vogel; and Cathy Ward.

Ned Tillman, Task Force Chairman added, “It will be the Task Force’s job to help guide the Department of Planning and Zoning in balancing our economic, environmental and community needs to ensure that we create a sustainable future for all of us here in Howard County.”

The first meeting of the General Plan Task Force is open to the public and will be held on Wednesday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 6 of the Gateway Building, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive in Columbia.