For the past 3 years, the River Hill Master Plan Committee (MPC) has been preparing a Master Plan that will help guide the future development and growth of the Village Center. The MPC solicited input from stakeholders including Village Center merchants, local landowners, residents of River Hill, and the River Hill Community Association Board of Directors to prepare the document. The purpose of The Plan is to define the boundaries of the Village Center, provide a synopsis of current and future issues, and offer a framework for implementing near-term and long-term improvement options. The Plan specifically addresses five primary areas of concern to our community:
• Maintaining and improving the vibrancy and success of the
• Creating a community gathering place
• Continuously adapting to meet a modern community’s needs
• Supporting improved traffic and safety
• Improving the Village Center’s parking lots
The Plan also assesses the impact of future development in the surrounding area on the Village Center and offers proposals for better integrating the Village Center with future development along the adjacent Route 108 corridor. The Plan incorporates ideas from a variety of MPC-sponsored activities including community surveys, merchant interviews, a community brainstorm, and a walkabout. Once it is finalized, this Plan will become an advisory document that can be used by the Village Board and community stakeholders to address current and future issues that impact the Village Center and growth in the surrounding area.
A draft of the Master Plan was presented to and approved for public comment by the River Hill Village Board on February 4, 2013. The full draft and a shorter executive summary are now available for public comment through May 31. The documents can be accessed through the River Hill Village website at www.villageofriverhill.org and can be reviewed, in printed form, during normal business hours at Claret Hall. The draft Master
Plan will also be on display during the Village Elections on April 20 and members of the MPC will be available to answer questions and solicit comments from the community. The Master Plan Committee would like your input.
• What do you like most about The Master Plan?
• What areas need improvement?
• Do you have ideas that you would like to contribute?
• Do you have concerns or issues that you want the Master
Plan to address?
Comments and suggestions for the Master Plan can be sent by leaving a comment at the bottom of the Master Plan article posted online at the Village of River Hill website, via email to the River Hill Village Manager, Susan Smith, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by completing a Master Plan comment form available at Claret Hall. The MPC will review all comments and present a final document for approval at a Board meeting during the summer. The approved document will be submitted to the Columbia Association and the Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning. The current members of the MPC are: Robert Runser (chair), Trevor Greene, Jim Burnett, Jacqueline Easley, and Olivia Vaught.
Click here to see the entire River Hill Village Center Master Plan.
Click here to see the Executive Summary of the River Hill Village Center Master Plan.
Please feel free to leave comments here or come in to Claret Hall to fill out a Master Plan Comment Sheet.