Ellicott City Master Plan

The Ellicott City Watershed Master Plan process officially kicked off on May 31, 2017 with the goal of developing a comprehensive, community-driven vision for rebuilding a stronger and more resilient Ellicott City. Triggered by the devastating July 30, 2016 flood, the master plan effort was designed to take a fresh and creative look at potential long-term flood solutions and rebuilding strategies. By May of 2018, the master plan consulting team had developed a vision for a model, resilient community that thrives by protecting its people, commerce, history, culture and natural environment. The consultants developed concepts and ideas for flood alleviation, resilient urban design, and comprehensive long-term rebuilding. 

Following the May 2018 flood, the master plan process was paused and the previous five-year plan for flood mitigation developed. Master plan concepts were then developed in response. However, the master plan was again paused following the 2018 election to allow for the new administration to take office. Now that a Safe and Sound flood mitigation option has been selected, the master plan has been restarted. New and

refined concepts were developed and presented in a public workshop on October 15th. Master plan consultants are currently preparing a draft plan with with public review planned for mid-2020. Delivery of a final plan is targeted for the fall of 2020.

Ellicott City Master Plan - New and Refined Concepts

On October 15th, the final public workshop was held and new concepts were presented. Click here to see a video of the meeting or click on the image to see the presentation slides.


There will be additional opportunity for online public comment before and after a draft plan is released.

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