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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!

PROPOSED DRAFT Clarksville Pike Streetscape Plan and Design Guidelines 

This document is a draft proposal for public input over the next 30 days (May 15 through June 14, 2015). The proposed vision includes a detailed and illustrative streetscape plan for the Route 108 right-of-way and architectural design guidelines for those buildings and spaces immediately fronting onto Route 108. An 8.5 x 11-inch format is also available here.

The traffic study and related appendices are posted at the Office of Transportation Study Portal. Public comment related to the traffic study is welcome. However, traffic studies are for informational purposes, and they are not adopted as policy by the County.  The traffic study also serves to help the County in its work with State Highway Administration to anticipate needed roadway improvements.

Please forward your input and inquiries to Raj Kudchadkar or call 410-313-2350.

Thursday, May 14 Public Meeting Materials

Introduction Presentation 

Traffic Study Presentation 

Design Guidelines Presentation 



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  


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!