The Howard County Department of Planning & Zoning has published the Howard County Pedestrian Master Plan - Final Draft outlining priorities for pedestrian improvements throughout the county.
It appears that there is very little in the plan for the old town area of Ellicott City. In fact most of the improvements slated for this area are slated for either mid term or long term time frames. It is a shame that more thought wasn't given to creating better connections with the old town and the adjoining areas of Patapsco State Park. With the opening of the new Grist Mill Trail, it would be nice if we could have some better connections here.
On the other hand, there seem to many improvements planned in the short term in the area surrounding The Mall in Columbia. That makes sense. Right now walking around the mall is not for the meek of heart.