Special Meeting Jan. 18, 2022

Special Meeting Jan. 18, 2022

The Long Reach Community Association (LRCA) Board of Directors held a Special Meeting on January 4, 2022 to vote on four proposed LRCA By-Law amendments. Quorum was not met at the January 4th meeting; therefore a second special meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 to vote on four proposed LRCA By-Law amendments.

The Special Meeting will be held online via Zoom at 7:30pm. To view the proposed By-Law amendments, click here.

Please Note: The regularly scheduled Board Meeting will be held immediately after the Special Meeting. The Zoom link is the same for both meetings.

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

For agendas, minutes, and more information click here.

Columbia Association Budget Process

Columbia Association Budget Process

Columbia Association wants to hear from you about budget priorities. There are several ways to get involved and stay in touch:

BOD Presentation
Our Board of Directors had a meeting last night where we presented the Pre-Budget Test Case Scenarios. This link is to the livestream, and the presentation begins around 46:30 mark.

Online Survey
The community online survey is now open to provide feedback on CA programs and services for budget priorities. Use the link below, and scroll to FY 2023, where you will see blue button to take online survey. www.columbiaassociation.org/budget

Community Meeting
A reminder thaCA will host a special information session on the FY2023 budget at 7pm on Thursday, November 4. CA’s senior leadership will go over new process, break down some key income/spending information, and answer questions. Details on this special virtual information session can be found on the CA event page or click here to register.

Ongoing Updates
For more information on the budget process, check out Financials page on CA’s website or the “Get Involved in the FY2023 Budget Process” blog post.

CA Stream Restoration Project Update

CA Stream Restoration Project Update

Columbia Association Watershed Manager John McCoy and representatives from Wetland Studies and Solutions Inc. joined the Long Reach Village Board at its regularly scheduled virtual Board meeting on October 5 to discuss the upcoming stream restoration project. Links to the two slide presentations are below:

Columbia Association Presentation and Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc. Presentation

The project will ultimately stretch from High Tor Hill to the head of Lake Elkhorn and includes large portions of stream valleys in Long Reach such as the portion of the stream above Jackson Pond. This will reduce the amount of sediment being washed into Lake Elkhorn from badly eroding stream banks and protect residents’ homes that are threatened by stream bank erosion.

CA will join WSSI for a presentation at Stonehouse (6110 Foreland Garth) on Tuesday, November 2 from 6pm to 8:30pm. You can also attend this meeting virtually via Zoom. For that link and credentials, email John.McCoy@columbiaassociation.org.

During this meeting, representatives will outline the details of this project, the timeline and the benefit to the community. There will be time allotted for Q&A as well. For information about stream restoration, including additional information about the meeting, visit ColumbiaAssociation.org.

In addition, The Wetlands and Waterways Program of the Water and Science Administration in the Maryland Department of the Environment (Department) has scheduled a virtual public informational hearing for the above referenced project on December 8, 2021 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm. This hearing is being held in response to requests by interested persons and will allow the Department to gather information and hear testimony to assist in our determination regarding an application for the Mitigation Bank and the Nontidal​ Wetlands and Waterways Permit. Click here for more information. To register for the event, visit https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1421406169928775948.

Sustainable Communities Presentation

Sustainable Communities Presentation

Did you know Long Reach Village is one of three Sustainable Communities in Howard County, and each has their own unique plan? The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s Sustainable Communities Program is a place-based designation offering a comprehensive package of resources that support holistic strategies for community development, revitalization & sustainability.

Howard County Planning and Zoning presented information about the Sustainable Communities program at the October 19 Board Meeting. Click below to view the presentations:



Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning is initiating a renewal application for Long Reach’s Sustainable Communities designation. This designation, administered by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, provides resources that support place-based strategies for revitalization and sustainability. Integral to this renewal process is the development of the Sustainable Community Action Plan which identifies the initiatives and projects that are ideal for the revitalization within the Long Reach community over the next five years.
Community feedback is a vital aspect of constructing these strategies and priorities! There are two ways in which you can be part of the engagement process.

Join one of the three virtual focus group meetings, OR take the brief survey. To take the survey, click here.
For information on the focus group meeting dates and to register, visit Howard County’s Sustainable Communities website.

For more information about sustainable communities, click here or contact Victoria Olivier at Volivier@howardcountymd.gov or at 410-313-2350.