Testimony on the Long Reach Redevelopment

Last night, I testified in favor of CR98-2017 and CR99-2017. These resolutions are part of the final steps to kick off the Long Reach redevelopment plan. See my testimony below. Chairman Weinstein and members of the Council, good evening. I am Dr. James Howard and I am here to testify in favor of the Long Reach Redevelopment Plan. Thank you for the opportunity to speak, tonight. And, please excuse me Chairman Weinstein, I also want to thank the four members of the Council who passed CB 2009-29, Dr. Ball, Ms. Terrasa, Ms. Sigaty, and Mr. Fox, which allowed for a

The Long Reach Redevelopment and Master Plan

The legislation supporting the redevelopment of the Long Reach Village Center has been submitted to the Howard County Council. It leads me to want to share some of the things we talked a lot about during the Master Plan process. This is based solely on my recollection and should not be considered official. The Boundary First, we had a very difficult time establishing the boundary of the Village Center. There’s an apartment complex, now known as the Timbers at Long Reach just behind the shopping center, down Cloudleap Court. Back in the mid-2000s, it was called Lazy Hollow and I

The New Long Reach Village Center

This evening, the kids and I walked over to the Long Reach Village Center, where got to see the new plan for the Long Reach Village Center. I will say here what I said there. A long time ago, I sat on the Master Plan Committee for Long Reach and wanted to see something open, inviting, green, but also viable. I think they’ve nailed it. But I was just a minor player. The Village Board, the County, and several bidders, all did a lot of work to pull this off. The plan is beautiful and hopeful in a place that’s

Thank You

The results are in and my opponent won with a vote of 206 to 164. The final results are reported as 301 to 164, due to the presumptive winner receiving the votes of corporations and developers throughout Long Reach. I want to thank all of my friends and family who supported me in this endeavor and especially the residents of Long Reach who supported me and voted for me.

Who is a Stakeholder?

One of the comments I made in my candidate’s questionnaire for the Columbia Flier was that the new CA President needed to heal relations with stakeholders across Columbia. But who is a stakeholder in Columbia? The term “stakeholder” has been used by those in Columbia to describe a diverse conglomeration of people and organizations: CA staff, Village staff, Villages, Village Boards, volunteers for CA and Villages, property owners, renters, and others who live, work, and play in Columbia. What has recently been renamed “Building a Better Columbia” has historically been called Stakeholder’s Advance–a meeting of the CA and Village Boards,

Greening the Columbia Association

The current issue of Public Administration Times contains an article called “Strategic ‘Greening’ for Municipal Park and Recreation Agencies” by Steven N. Waller. The article does not appear online, but there are a few key ideas the Columbia Association could adopt. The first is the adoption of non-gasoline fueled vehicles. The CA maintains a large fleet of specialty and general purpose vehicles. These vehicles tend to have a fixed life span and could be transitioned to hybrid or compressed natural gas as they are replaced. The second idea ripe for adoption is gray-water reuse systems. Gray-water reuse systems collect water