TDM Requirements in Howard County

Transportation Demand Management is required in two Howard County communities: Downtown Columbia (DTC) and Maple Lawn in Fulton.

Downtown Columbia

The Downtown Columbia Master Plan called for the development of a Transportation Demand Management Plan (TDMP) for DTC to ensure it will be multi-modal as it grows. To do so, the role of travel options other than driving alone (e.g., taking the bus, biking, walking, telework and modified work schedules) needs to be increased.

The TDMP is a critical tool in enhancing the role of travel options. The initial 2018 plan is being updated to be more aligned with the current development and transportation realities in DTC, as well as address COVID’s impacts on transportation choices. It is near completion and will outline baseline TDM requirements for developments in Downtown Columbia and provide a framework for the development and monitoring of site-specific TDM plans as well as action steps to be taken by the Downtown Columbia Partnership and the Howard County Office of Transportation to successfully implement TDM measures in Downtown Columbia.

Opportunities to provide your feedback will begin at the September meeting of the Multimodal Transportation Board on September 19, 2023 and run through October 11, 2023. Stay tuned for information regarding how to submit your feedback.

View the 2018 TDMP here.

Maple Lawn

On December 29, 2000, the Zoning Board’s Decision and Order in Case No. 995M incorporated Exhibit 55, a Transportation Demand Management Plan, as part of the proposal to develop Maple Lawn in Fulton, thus becoming a requirement for development of the property. The TDMP states that the developer intended to spearhead the effort to create a coordinated TDM programming and included a funding mechanism of $0.10 per square foot of leasable space in commercial buildings and $30/year for homeowners. Currently, implementation of the Maple Lawn TDMP is the responsibility of two parties: the residential home owners’ association and the developers, Greenebaum and St. John’s Properties.