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.
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 Bill Mackey or call 410-313-4321.
Thursday, May 14 Public Meeting Materials
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.
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.
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.
Developer Notification to Community
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