Sustainable Communities – Long Reach

Over the past 10 years, DPZ’s Division of Comprehensive and Community Planning has worked to secure sustainable community designations for specific areas in Howard County that can benefit from revitalization and sustainability efforts. A program of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, Sustainable Community status, which must be renewed every five years, makes these areas eligible for state programs and resources that support community development.

In 2022, the County submitted a successful Long Reach Sustainable Community Application/Action Plan in coordination with a workgroup that included representatives from County agencies, Howard County Economic Development Authority, Howard County Housing Commission, Columbia Association, Columbia Art Center, Long Reach Village Board members, and area business owners.

For more information about Howard County’s Sustainable Communities and the state funds they have been awarded, click here

Sewells Orchard Pond Retrofit Project

The Howard County Stormwater Management Division is working on a capital project to repair the outlet structure for the eastern of the three ponds in the Sewells Orchard development. This repair is required due to the poor condition of the existing metal outlet structure.

A public meeting will be held for Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at 7:00PM at the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks headquarters (7120 Oakland Mills Road) to discuss this project.

To view more information, including the plans, visit For more information on the project, contact P.E., Chief, Stormwater Management Division Mark Richmond at 410-313-6413 or

View the August 12, 2022 County Notification.

Board Meeting Canceled – Tues, Oct 4

The October 4, 2022 Board Meeting has been canceled in observance of Yom Kippur. The upcoming Board meeting is scheduled for Tues, October 18, 2022.

For agendas, minutes, and more information click here.

Stonehouse Office Update – Mon, Sept 19

Long Reach Community Association’s office at Stonehouse will be closed for a portion of the day on Monday, September 19, 2022 due to building construction. Before stopping by, we strongly encourage calling the village office at 410-730-8113 or contacting staff via email to ensure we are open for business. Thank you in advance.

Roundabout at Old Montgomery Road & Tamar Drive

A Howard County construction project to install a roundabout at the intersection of Old Montgomery Road and Tamar Drive near Jeffers Hill Elementary School in Columbia, is scheduled to begin on or about Monday, September 12th. Signs and flagging operations will be in place to direct traffic as needed during construction hours, Monday through Friday, 9am to 3pm, as lane shifts and temporary lane closures are expected. Weather permitting, the project is expected to be completed by late November 2022.

For more information visit, or contact DPW’s Customer Service Office at 410-313-3440 or email for further assistance.

LRCA Position Available

Long Reach Community Association is looking to fill the part-time position of Event & Program Coordinator.

This position plans and implements village events, supports our dance program, and manages front desk. Candidates must be organized, reliable, team-oriented, and have excellent communication skills.

View job description here.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to

Pathway Repaving

Phelps Luck Drive to Blade Green Lane

Columbia Association will have a contractor starting a paving project the week of September 12, 2022. Access will be limited during working hours, meaning people may have to walk in the grass or take alternate routes.

If an area gets muddy, CA will temporarily install mats for people to walk on. Once the paving is complete, another contractor will backfill the edges and stabilize the area. This project should take four weeks to complete, weather permitting. Signage will be posted to notify people of the upcoming work.

If you have any questions about this project, contact CA Open Space at 410-312-6330.

Stonehouse Closed – Sept 5

Stonehouse will be closed Monday, September 5, 2022 in observance of Labor Day.

Have a fun and safe holiday!

Reach Out – August 19, 2022

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