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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.



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! 

General Plan Amendment 2016-01
Executive Allan H. Kittleman proposes to amend PlanHoward 2030 to revise Howard County's Growth Tiers, which were adopted in 2013 pursuant to Senate Bill 236, The Sustainable Growth and Agricultural Preservation Act of 2012.
Proposed Growth Tiers Amendment
Proposed Revised Growth Tiers Map (6-3) 

Clarksville Pike Streetscape Plan and Design Guidelines - FINAL DRAFT may be downloaded hereCommunity Meeting to share the final draft was held Wednesday, October 21st. Download the one-page meeting handout by clicking here. The handout offers highlights from the Final Draft of the Streetscape Plan and Design Guidelines, including:   


  • Purpose: contains a comprehensive set of recommendations that will serve as a guide for the design and development of the Clarksville Pike corridor from Trotter Road to Guilford Road. Specific criteria for streetscape, architectural, and signage design are outlined to ensure that all new development fulfills the vision for a welcoming and coherent corridor
    • No reference to traffic improvements as a result of the 2014 Sabra Wang traffic study
    • Images in the document are for illustrative purposes only and are not intended to suggest a specific style or design
    • Process included four public meetings and a public review and comment period (timeline illustrated in handout)
  • Streetscape: establishes a framework for long-term streetscape improvements which include: new sidewalks, shared-use paths, crosswalks, street trees, landscaping and furnishings
  • Architecture: introduces unifying standards for building and site design which discuss the architectural vocabulary and establish material and element criteria
  • Signage: sets standards for the various signage and wayfinding elements along the corridor
  • Applicability: future projects inside the corridor will be reviewed by the Howard County Design Advisory Panel
  • Next Steps: public hearing is scheduled for November 16, 2015

Contact: Raj Kudchadkar (410-313-2350).  

Needs Assessment for Arts Facilities 

This report by Webb Management Services evaluates the need for arts facilities in Howard County. It specifically addresses the opportunities in the redevelopment of Downtown Columbia and a revitalized Long Reach Village Center.  Click here to download the report.  Click here to download the report's appendix (38 MB).

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. 

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  


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