Definition of Complete Streets

“Complete Streets are streets for everyone. They are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, and bicycle to work.” – National Complete Streets Coalition.
Howard County Complete Streets Policy Implementation

Complete Streets Policy Implementation

Click Here to View the Complete Streets Policy as Adopted

The Howard County Council unanimously adopted the Complete Streets Policy on October 7, 2019. Click here to view an infographic that summarizes the Complete Streets Policy.

Howard County has adopted a Complete Streets Policy and is creating a Complete Streets and Bridges Design Manual. These initiatives were recommended in both the Howard County General Plan (PlanHoward) and the Howard County Bicycle Master Plan (BikeHoward), and were required by the adoption of Council Resolution 35-2016Howard County's Complete Streets Policy Statement was adopted as part of CR35-2016:

“To ensure that Howard County is a place for individuals of all backgrounds to live and travel freely, safely, and comfortably, public and private roadways in Howard County shall be safe and convenient for residents of all ages and abilities who travel by foot, bicycle, public transportation or automobile, ensuring sustainable communities Countywide.”

Complete Streets Implementation Team Meetings

The Complete Streets Implementation Team finished drafting the Complete Streets Policy in Spring 2019 through a series of team and stakeholder meetings, and the Multimodal Transportation Board (MTB) endorsed the draft policy on June 25, 2019.

No Complete Streets Implementation Team (CSIT) meetings are scheduled at this time. As the Complete Streets and Bridges Design Manual development process continues, additional CSIT and stakeholder meetings will take place on a schedule yet to be determined.

Complete Streets Implementation Representatives 

Agency/Department/Group Representative
County Administration

Sam Sidh

Office of Transportation Chris Eatough
Department of Public Works Kris Jagarapu
Department of Planning and Zoning Chad Edmondson
Recreation and Parks Paul Walsky
Howard County Public Schools Transportation David Ramsay
Columbia Association Jessica Bellah
County Council Christiana Rigby
Multimodal Transportation Board Larry Schoen
Public Works Board Cory Summerson


The County-wide Events and Meetings calendar can be found here (select the "Transportation" category to show only Office of Transportation-related meetings).

Archived 2019 Complete Streets Meeting Materials

April 23, 2019:
Public meeting #1 Complete Streets Presentation

June 25, 2019
The Multimodal Transportation Board endorsed the draft Complete Streets Policy at this meeting. Click here to read the MTB-endorsed draft policy.

Archived 2016 Complete Streets Meeting Materials

Meeting No. 1: Meeting Minutes-April 27, 2016

Meeting No. 2:  Meeting Minutes-May 12, 2016

Meeting No. 3:  Meeting Minutes-May 26, 2016 

Meeting No.4: Meeting Minutes-June 9, 2016 

Meeting No. 5: Meeting Minutes-June 23, 2016 

Meeting No. 6: Meeting Minutes-July 7, 2016

Meeting No. 7: Meeting Minutes- July 21, 2016

Meeting No. 8: Meeting Minutes-September 15, 2016

Complete Streets Stakeholder Update Meetings

These meetings are held periodically throughout the policy development process and are open to the public.  

The first stakeholder update meeting was held on June 15, 2016. 

Presentation from the meeting is here: June 15, 2016 Stakeholder Presentation

Meeting minutes are here: June 15, 2016 Stakeholder Meeting Minutes