Planning and Zoning
Creating Great Communities Together
Welcome! Our site is your online resource for information on development, zoning, agricultural and environmental preservation, and community planning in Howard County. Please take time to visit the latest information from DPZ.
We would like to know what you think about our site and how it can better serve you. If you have recommendations, comments or questions, please contact us at Planning@howardcountymd.gov. Thank you for visiting.
Marsha McLaughlin, Director
To create collaborative, innovative plans and implement strategies that effectively address growth and redevelopment challenges. DPZ seeks to enhance Howard County’s high quality of life, prosperity, and stewardship of our natural and cultural resources.
Downtown Ellicott City Projects
Howard County is currently engaged in several construction projects to enhance historic Downtown Ellicott City through capital investments. Learn more about these projects at howardcountymd.gov/ellicottcity.
Route 1 Corridor Projects and Programs
Several new projects and programs and underway in the Route 1 Corridor, including a sidewalk project and tax credit program. Visit howardcountymd.gov/route1corridor to learn more, and to find information on community services and development highlights.
Bike Howard - DRAFT Howard County Bicycle Master Plan
Welcome to the DRAFT of Bike Howard, Howard County’s Bicycle Master Plan. Recently a refined draft of the Bike Howard Plan was completed and we are providing you this DRAFT for your review. You can view the DRAFT on-line, print it or download it. Also, if you go back to the Planning and Zoning web site, the section called “Highlights” contains two links to Bike Howard Plan maps that are helpful in understanding the overall plan and future proposed projects. You can magnify and zoom in on the detail in the maps and the Plan by using your mouse wheel with the pdf menus View/Zoom and then Dynamic Zoom.
Please send any comments to David Cookson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Howard County Government, Dept of Planning & Zoning, 3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043. We are taking comments until March 21, 2014. All necessary changes will be incorporated in a revised draft and present to the Howard County Planning Board for its review.
PlanHoward 2030 is an update of the 2000 Howard County General Plan. The County's General Plan has historically been revised approximately every ten years (1960, 1971, 1982, 1990, 2000). Regular updates are necessary for guiding decisions related to development, land preservation, changing demographic and employment trends, neighborhood sustainability, capital projects, County services and other key issues.
The online version of PlanHoward 2030 allows key word and phrase searches to be performed on the document. Once the document is open this function can be enabled by pressing Ctrl + F.
Search for information regarding Development Plans, Public Hearings and Pre-submission Community Meetings here!
Community Information on the Web:
Check out our web application, designed to provide community organizations and home ownership associations with a simple way to update information about their communities, as well as provide residents with easy access to information about pre-submission community meetings.
Developer Notification to Community
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