This is being reported on a number of news agencies…here is the article from WTOP: https://wtop.com/howard-county/2018/06/howard-co-councilman-wants-halt-to-development-in-ellicott-city/
WASHINGTON — Howard County councilman Jon Weinstein is calling for a temporary halt to development in Ellicott City’s historic district following the devastating floods that hit the area in May.
Weinstein announced he will file emergency legislation to prohibit issuing any building permits within the Tiber Branch watershed for one year.
“In light of the second devastating storm in 22 months and after inspecting damage across the district and the watershed, it is clear to me that a halt to development is still required,” Weinstein wrote on his Facebook page.
Weinstein proposed similar legislation following the devastating floods in 2016.
“Rebuilding Ellicott City stronger, smarter and safer requires more than just construction materials,” Weinstein said. “This legislation will enable the county government and council to establish a better regulatory framework and continue with improvements to the stormwater and flood mitigation structure.”
Some of the things the bill calls for during the potential 12-month building freeze are:
- An analysis of the flood based on the models and findings of the 2016 Ellicott City Hydrology/Hydraulic study
- Plans for construction of stormwater storage facilities and infrastructure improvements throughout the watershed
- Analysis of any watershed impacts of proposed developments and redevelopment projects
- Options for retrofitting exiting developments
- Examination of density and open space zoning regulations changes in the watershed
- Review of past and future development of public facilities in the watershed
Weinstein said he plans to introduce his bill on July 2 and hopes to have it voted on by July 27.
As an emergency bill, it requires four votes to pass and would go into effect immediately upon passage.
A public hearing on the bill, along with other legislation introduced on July 2 will be held on Monday, July 16 at 7 p.m. in the George Howard Building in Ellicott City.
Here is information on the legislation proposed back in 2016 via WBAL: http://www.wbal.com/article/188077/141/call-to-halt-development-around-main-street-in-ellicott-city
A Howard County Councilman is calling for a temporary halt to new commercial or residential development in the Tiber-Hudson Watershed that surrounds Main Street in Ellicott City.
Main Street is still trying to recover and rebuild after those devastating floods on July 30th damaged or destroyed more than 200 properties.
Councilman Jon Weinstein’s legislation calls for several county agencies to study, report and make recommendations on storm water management and how to stop flooding in that area in the future.
More than 6 inches of rain fell in two hours on July 30th.
The Tiber and Hudson are tributaries of the Patapsco River that passes through downtown Ellicott City.
The councilman is asking for a nine month moratorium on permits for new development in that area.
There will be a public hearing on September 19th.
Here is a link to the legislation back in 2016: https://apps.howardcountymd.gov/olis/LegislationDetail.aspx?LegislationID=1773
I will continue to follow this as it progresses forward.