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

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), and was 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.”

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.

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. Click here to read the MTB-endorsed draft policy.

On September 3, 2019, at the request of the County Executive, County Council Chair Christiana Mercer Rigby introduced Council Resolution 120-2019, which would adopt the draft Complete Streets Policy and set a 24-month deadline for design manual updates. Public input related to adoption of the Complete Streets policy should be directed to the County Council, with reference made to "CR120-2019."

Complete Streets Implementation Team Meetings

No Complete Streets Implementation Team (CSIT) meetings are scheduled at this time. Following the anticipated adoption of the Complete Streets Policy by the Howard County Council, additional CSIT and stakeholder meetings, on a scheduled yet to be determined, will address design manual updates.

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