Progress on the Clarksville Pike/Route 108 Design Guidelines continues!
The County’s consultant team from the Design Collective, Inc. and Planning and Zoning staff members met with the Access Committee of the Howard County Commission on Disability Issues to request advice and guidance on creating opportunities beyond ADA compliance. The Access Committee’s input has been
extremely helpful, and the design team plans to return again at the end of the process to confirm the approaches undertaken. The County is especially interested in including the Access Committee’s input, since important access issues raised both at the February meeting and in the River Hill Village Center Master Plan have their genesis in community members’ experiences related to accessibility.
Many people asked during outreach and at the community meeting, if the design team would be reaching out to the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA). As part of its initial launch efforts, the County requested SHA involvement to ensure the Design Guidelines can result in an implementable project. Because of the many snow emergencies and other time constraints, the County will be meeting with various SHA leaders during the month of May. The goal is to be sure the design guidelines reflect the discussion with SHA and include as much information as possible. To that end, the next community meeting will likely be scheduled for the end of May or June, so the community discussion of the design guidelines can be the most productive.
Bill Mackey, AICP
Chief of Comprehensive and Community Planning
Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning