Howard County Complete Streets Policy Implementation


Howard County is developing a Complete Streets Policy and creating a Complete Streets and Bridges Design Manual. This initiative was recommended in both the Howard County General Plan (PlanHoward) and the Howard County Bicycle Master Plan (BikeHoward).


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.

Below is the Howard County Complete Streets Draft Policy as of March 2017.

Complete Streets Draft Policy

Howard County Complete Streets Policy Background

Howard County Executive, Allan Kittleman’s Complete Streets Policy Statement was adopted as part of Council Resolution 35-2016: 

“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.”

To expand this policy statement a Complete Streets Implementation Team was created. The team was assigned these tasks:

1) draft a comprehensive Complete Streets Policy consistent with best practices; and 

2) develop a Complete Streets Design Manual (the “Design Manual”) that implements the Complete Streets Policy and incorporates necessary elements from the current Howard County Design Manual, Volume III, Roads and Bridges.

For background information on Howard County’s Complete Streets initiatives, see this presentation: 

Howard County Complete Streets Initiative from David Cookson



Complete Streets Implementation Team Meetings

The Complete Streets Implementation Team meets bi-weekly to advance the creation of a Complete Streets Policy and a new Complete Streets and Bridges Design Manual for Howard County.

The meetings are open to the public and are held at the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043, Ilchester Room (2nd floor), 8:30 to 10:30am, every other Thursday. Updated meeting details can be found here:

Meeting minutes from bi-weekly Complete Streets Implementation Team meetings are here: 

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

Dates and details for upcoming stakeholder meetings will be posted here when finalized. 


Complete Streets Implementation Representatives


Name Agency/Department
Chris Eatough-Chair Howard County Office of Transportation
Phil Nichols Howard County Office of Administration
Kris Jagarapu Howard County Public Works
Chad Edmondson Howard County Planning and Zoning
Paul Walsky Howard County Recreation and Parks
David Ramsay Howard County Public Schools
Jane Dembner Columbia Association
David Cookson Howard County Office of Transportation