Much progress has been made since the devastating  July 30 storm that dumped 6 inches of rain in 2 hours, flooding Ellicott City’s historic Main Street, West End, and other communities in Howard County. Main Street was reopened to pedestrian and vehicular traffic October 6. Our ECSTRONG Recovery website has updates on the recovery process.


Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman has filed eight bills for consideration by the County Council to advance the affordable housing plan and Tax Increment Financing (TIF) for Downtown Columbia

The legislation is needed to amend the county code, Howard County General Plan and Downtown Columbia Plan in order to move forward with the comprehensive redevelopment of Downtown. If the bills pass, the County will have a legal framework to guarantee the development of affordable housing Downtown. Legislation also was introduced to authorize Tax Increment Financing (TIF), which will use a portion of tax revenue from new development to support financing needed for infrastructure, such as new roads, parking garages, an elementary school and arts center.

To read the legislation, visit:

To read FAQs, visit:

Read a comparison of Downtown Columbia Affordable Housing Proposals
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