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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!  

Columbia Community SpeakerThe next featured guest in Columbia Association’s (CA) Community Building Speakers Series is Don Elliott, a nationally recognized zoning and planning expert who is the author of “A Better Way to Zone” and co-author of an American Planning Association book called “The Rules That Shape Urban Form.” 

CA and the Howard County Government are pleased to present Elliott at “Best Zoning Practices for Large Planned Communities.” The event will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 28, beginning at 7 p.m. at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane in the Wilde Lake Village Center. It is free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged but not required via ZoningSpeakerSeries.EventBrite.com.

As Howard County begins to contemplate an update to New Town zoning, it is important to learn about zoning practices and innovative ideas from around the United States that can inform zoning approaches here. Elliott is a director with Clarion Associates, a national land use consulting firm based in Denver. He will speak about how modern zoning codes address development and change in maturing large planned communities.

SAVE THE DATE Clarksville Pike Streetscape Plan and Design Guidelines Community Meeting - October 21st 

Thank you to all the community stakeholders that have participated in developing the Clarksville Pike Streetscape Plan and Design Guidelines.

We appreciate the time you have all spent reviewing these documents and formalizing your thoughts. Much of the content for the Streetscape Plan and Design Guidelines has been drawn from community input received during three public meetings and a formal comment period. Since the close of the comment period, the Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning has been reviewing community input for revisions to the document.

Based on the feedback we have received, the Department of Planning and zoning has developed the Final Draft of the Clarksville Pike Streetscape Plan and Design Guidelines. We would like to share this final draft with the community on Wednesday, October 21st from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm at Claret Hall (6020 Daybreak Cir, Clarksville, MD 21029).

In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact Raj Kudchadkar (410-313-2350) if you have any questions regarding the process for developing the Streetscape Plan and Design Guidelines. All of your past input is greatly appreciated! 

 EARLIER DRAFT Clarksville Pike Streetscape Plan and Design Guidelines  

This document was a draft proposal for public input from May 15 through June 14, 2015; it is NOT the final draft. The proposed vision included 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 has been welcomed. 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.

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!