Downtown Columbia: The Downtown Columbia Plan, an amendment to the Howard County General Plan, is a 30-year plan for the revitalization and redevelopment of Downtown Columbia. It was approved by the Howard County Council in 2010 and subsequently amended in 2016. It provides land use, design, transportation, environmental, and housing recommendations as well as a phasing and implementation framework for the development.
Village Centers: Columbia has nine village centers, which were developed as local gathering places and neighborhood shopping and service destinations. Wilde Lake was the first village center, originally constructed in 1967 and River Hill was the latest, constructed in 1997. Several village centers have been or are in the process of being upgraded, revitalized or redeveloped by their owners to serve the daily needs of residents.