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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.


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. 

What's New!


ReImagine Long Reach Long Reach Village Center 

Executive Allan H. Kittleman, along with the Long Reach Village Board, has scheduled four meetings to seek input from residents about the revitalization of the Long Reach Village Center. 


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. 


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!