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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.

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

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
  • Brian McLaughlin
  • 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


Updates and Events

The contract for the Housing Opportunities Master Plan Consultant has been awarded to RCLCO Real Estate Advisors of Bethesda, MD. RCLCO has assembled a team that includes Neighborhood Fundamentals, LLC, for policy work; JMT for community planning and engagement; and PRR for meeting facilitation and outreach.

UPCOMING WORK GROUPS - 3 pm - 5 pm via virtual, online meeting platform Zoom. Please see each meeting’s agenda below for Zoom call and login information.

          March 17th - Housing Affordability


          March 18th - Housing Policy


          March 23rd - Housing Market



Meetings - Agendas and Minutes

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


WORK GROUPS - All Agendas include Zoom Information.  Additionally, CB 13-2020 will be discussed at each meeting.

Affordability Workgroup Members - March 17th Agenda

Housing Policy Workgroup Members - March 18th Agenda

Housing Market Workgroup Members - March 23rd Agenda


Please click here for March 17th presentation in preparation for future workgroups.