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7/28/2014 - 07.28.14 Agricultural Land Preservation Tops 2,200 Acres Under County Executive Ulman READ MORE
6/16/2014 - 06.16.14 Howard County Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Courthouse Expansion READ MORE
5/29/2014 - 05.29.14 Howard County Kicks Off Seventh Annual “Bike to Work Day” READ MORE
4/8/2014 - 04.08.14 Howard County Launches Bike Share Feasibility Study READ MORE
2/5/2014 - 02.05.14 Design Guideline Process for Clarksville Commercial Area to Get Underway, Executive Ulman Announces READ MORE
6/11/2013 - 06.11.13 Howard County Bicycle-Friendly Business Workshop READ MORE
4/26/2013 - 04.26.13 Howard County to Construct First Streetscape Projects on Route 40 READ MORE
3/21/2013 - 03.21.13 County Executive Ulman to Offer Remarks at Launch of the Opportunity Collaborative READ MORE
3/13/2013 - 03.13.13 Howard County Earns Fourth Award for Downtown Columbia Plan READ MORE

Planning and Zoning

 Creating Great Communities Together

marshamclaughlinWelcome! 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.

Signature 

Marsha McLaughlin, Director

MISSION

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. 


NEW! 

 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 dcookson@howardcountymd.gov 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   

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. 

   

 


 

Development Information   

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. 

Community Registration  

Developer Notification to Community 

 

Want to learn more about out programs, or have questions on how to complete Project Dox tasks? Take a look at our informational and video tutorials on Youtube!