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Preliminary Comprehensive Zoning:


(Please note:   On May 23, 2013, the Planning Board

submitted its recommendations for amendments to 

the County’s zoning code to the County Council. 

This web-page only contains information related to

the County’s Comprehensive Zoning process

between October 14, 2012 through May 23, 2013. 

For the most updated information and data related

to the Comprehensive Zoning process, please visit

the County Council website.)



  • June 12, 2013 - 6:00 p.m. Banneker Room (Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City) 

        Topics and areas to be covered 

        Southeast area:  North Laurel, Savage, Jessup, Route 1 south of Route 100 


  • June 17, 2013 - 5:00 p.m. Banneker Room (Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City) 

       Topics and areas to be covered 

        Central:  Non-New Town zoned Columbia, Fulton, Clarksville, Other 


  • June 24, 2013 - 6:00 p.m. Banneker Room (Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City) 

       Topics and areas to be covered 

        West:  All properties outside of the planned service area, Text Amendments, and all other 



The County Council will eventually determine the outcome of each request. The overall process is likely to be complete this summer or early fall.

The 2012 Comprehensive Rezoning effort will include the following steps:


  1. DPZ accepts requests for zoning map and regulation changes (deadline to submit  proposed map and regulation amendments was December 14, 2012)
  2. DPZ compiles and evaluates all requests
  3. DPZ submits recommended changes to Planning Board and posts signs on all properties
  4. Planning Board conducts a public hearing on recommendations
  5. Planning Board submits recommended actions to the Administration and County Council
  6. The Administration’s revised proposal is introduced as legislation to the County Council for its consideration
  7. County Council holds a public hearing

 The overall process is likely to be complete this summer or early fall. For general information and questions about the comprehensive rezoning process, residents may submit specific inquiries via e-mail to compzoning@howardcountymd.gov.


 Press Release Announcing Comprehensive Zoning  


What to Look For - Public Notification Signage  

Properties applying for rezoning are posted with public notice for more information about proposed applications submitted to the Department of Planning and Zoning. The pink and black signs are unique to the comprehensive zoning process and are located roadside similar to other public notice property postings.  



Current Zoning Regulations 



Current Zoning Map  




Other Helpful Links:  

Comprehensive Zoning Process 

This link opens a document that outlines the Comprehensive Zoning Process.


PlanHoward 2030 

This is a link to PlanHoward 2030, the newly adopted General Plan for Howard County.