The Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning (DPZ) is initiating an assessment and update of Howard County’s land development regulations. This project will occur in two phases: phase I is an assessment of the development regulations and phase II is the drafting of a new unified development code or sets of codes. DPZ has retained Clarion Associates, a national land use-consulting firm based in Denver, as the county’s consultant for phase I of the Project. Clarion will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the current regulations and provide an outline for new zoning, subdivision, and land development regulations based on public and stakeholder input, technical analysis, and national best practices. Please be sure to stay up to date on this project by visiting and bookmarking

Much progress has been made since the devastating  July 30 storm that dumped 6 inches of rain in 2 hours, flooding Ellicott City’s historic Main Street, West End, and other communities in Howard County. Main Street was reopened to pedestrian and vehicular traffic October 6. Our ECSTRONG Recovery website has updates on the recovery process.
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