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Housing Opportunities Master Plan and Task Force

About the Task Force

Click here to view a Fact Sheet on the Task Force.


Howard County Housing Opportunities Master Plan Public Survey

A master plan for housing needs has not been completed for Howard County in more than 10 years. County Executive Ball created the Housing Opportunities Master Plan Task Force in Fall 2019 to assess the current state of housing in Howard County and to assist in the preparation of the Housing Opportunities Master Plan.  The Housing Opportunities Master Plan will assess housing programs and policies in all County government departments and agencies to improve efficiency and effectiveness, identify ways to create and preserve housing opportunities for residents of all income levels, and provide metrics and timelines to measure progress towards achieving goals in the plan.

The Task Force has been divided into three workgroups to focus on specific areas of the Housing Opportunities Master Plan: Housing Market, Housing Affordability, and Housing Policy. Members of these workgroups will use responses compiled from this survey to assist in the development of recommendations for the Housing Opportunities Master Plan for Howard County.  All responses to this survey are anonymous.

Once you have completed the survey, we would greatly appreciate you forwarding the survey link along to your contacts, neighbors, place of business, organizations, congregations, community groups, etc. to encourage participation and further sharing. Other ideas include forwarding it to your distribution lists; printing and displaying at open/operating facilities, neighborhood, or other community hubs (only if safe to do so!); or posting to your website, social media, Next Door page, or other listservs to help spread the word and increase participation.

                                                                                                   Please click here to take the survey.

Updates and Events

Check back for events but please take the survey - Click here for the survey.

VIRTUAL COMMUNITY MEETINGS: Please only register for ONE

Frequently Asked Questions About The Master Plan

Please click here for FAQs

Meetings - Agendas and Minutes

FULL MEMBER TASK MEETING:   July 9, 2020 - 3:00-5:00 pm via Zoom - Agenda  - Presentation - Handout



May 11th - Housing Policy Work Group Meeting - Agenda - Minutes

May 13th - Housing Affordability Work Group Meeting - Agenda - Minutes - Audio Recording

May 14th - Housing Market Work Group Meeting - Agenda - Minutes

     Please click here for the May Workgroups Presentation


Affordability Workgroup Members - March 17th Agenda - Minutes

Housing Policy Workgroup Members - March 18th Agenda - Minutes

Housing Market Workgroup Members - March 23rd Agenda - Minutes (updated 5/5/2020)

     Please click here for March Meetings presentation 


February 4, 2020 - Kick-off meeting agenda - Presentation

Housing Task Force Members

The Housing Opportunities Master Plan Task Force will provide a local understanding of the broader issues concerning housing needs and they will promote public involvement during the development of the Master Plan. The Task Force members include:

  • Paul Casey
  • Pat Sylvester
  • Jennifer Broderick
  • David Nitkin
  • Paula Seabright
  • Steve Breeden
  • Christine Madigan
  • Maria Miller
  • Roger Barnes
  • Leonardo McClarty
  • Joan Driessen
  • Mavis Ellis
  • Brent Loveless
  • Bill McCormack
  • Anne Brinker
  • Cindy Parr
  • Kevin Kelehan
  • Erica Byrne
  • Victoria Hathaway
  • Dr. Caroline Harper
  • Ana Cisneros
  • Linda Wengel
  • Phyllis Zolotorow


Affordability Workgroup Members

Housing Policy Workgroup Members

Housing Market Workgroup Members


APFO Presentation - April 29, 2020

Click here to view the Department of Planning & Zoning's presentation to the Task Force on "Managing Growth Howard County's APFO".

Press Release - October 30, 2019

Media Contact: 
Scott L. Peterson, Director of Communications, Office of Public Information, 202-277-9412
ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Today, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced the new Housing Opportunities Master Plan process, the first in over a decade. The process will include hiring an independent consultant to find potential approaches in housing, including ways to expand homeownership opportunities and ensure a sustainable future of housing in Howard County. Ball also signed an Executive Order to form a Housing Opportunities Master Plan Task Force, comprised of a diverse group of community members and stakeholders who will ensure an inclusive, transparent, community-driven process. Photos of the event can be found here. Video can be found here.
“Housing is a critical issue for the future of Howard County and in order to choose the best path forward for all, we need to be informed decision makers. When I took office, Howard County had not created a comprehensive Master Plan on housing affordability needs in over a decade. I am proud to announce a new Housing Opportunities Master Plan process and Task Force to make the critical determination around what is actually working, and what needs to be improved,” said Ball. “Our Master Plan will help us answer the fundamental questions to begin our community conversation: What is the current state of our housing needs and what is the best path forward to serve all our residents? Together, we will find the answers and make Howard County a great home for families today and tomorrow.”
The plan is envisioned to take approximately one year to complete so that the County can consider Fiscal Year 2022 budget investments, based on the recommendations. The steps of the Housing Opportunities Master Plan process include:

  1. Data Collection 
  2. Outreach
  3. Explore Approaches in Other Jurisdictions
  4. Identify Options
  5. Conduct Application Projections and Assessments
  6. Finalizing the Plan 
  7. Composing and Presenting the Final Report
  8. Post-Project Implementation Review

Executive Order 2019-12

Please click here to read Executive Order 2019-12 which created the Task Force and Master Plan