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.
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.
Comprehensive Zoning Plan
Information About Specific Rezoning Proposals
The Search Current Plans and Meetings web application is being re-written due to changes in the Google API. This re-write is expected to be complete by Dec. 20th. In the meantime we've provided a link to the mobile version below. The mobile version has less features, but will let you view the latest plans and meetings around a particular point on the map that you select. Thanks for your patience.
Search for information regarding Development Plans and Pre-submission Meetings here!
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Community Information on the Web:
Check out our new and improved 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