Planning and Zoning

The Department of Planning and Zoning helps shape the growth and future of Howard County by facilitating the development of safe, healthy, equitable, connected, and sustainable communities, while concurrently respecting individual rights and protecting the County’s natural environment, its historical integrity, and character.   


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Valdis Lazdins, Planning Director

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What's New?

PlanHoward Academy

September 28, 2017

County Executive Allan H. Kittleman and the Department of Planning and Zoning launched the first annual PlanHoward Academy on September 27. The Academy is designed to provide county residents with an opportunity to learn how to participate effectively in the planning process impacting the future of Howard County. Selected participants who attend all four classes will receive a certification of completion. Click here to learn more!

Research Report: Domestic Migration 2010-2015

August 3, 2017

This latest Research Report summarizes domestic migration trends in Howard County from 2010 to 2015. The county grew by a little more than 26,000 residents during this five-year time period, about a 9% population increase (287,085 in 2010 to 313,414 in 2015). As this growth occurred over the five years, more than 143,000 domestic migrants moved in and out of Howard County, reflecting the high mobility of residents in this economically vibrant part of the U.S. 

Click here to read the report.

Ellicott City Watershed Master Plan

October 6, 2017

Save the Dates! Please plan to join DPZ at your choice of one of two identical public workshops: Tuesday, November 14 at 6:30 pm or Wednesday, November 15 at 1 pm. The Master Plan consultant team will present alternative scenarios and preliminary recommendations for public review and discussion. 

The scenarios will be informed by all the input planners have gathered from the community to date - including recent feedback at Main Street Music Fest and the September meeting of the Howard County Association of Student Councils.

Howard County launched its master plan process for Ellicott City and its watershed on May 31st, 2017. The master plan process will help define a community-drive vision for rebuilding a stronger and more resilient Ellicott City. Read more. 

Council Bill 60-2017- Natural Wood Waste (Mulch) and Composting Regulations

County Executive Kittleman and Councilmembers Mary Kay Sigaty and Greg Fox have filed Council Bill- 60-2017 (CB-60) for County Council consideration.  Click here to view more information on the Council Bill.

Development Regulations Assessment

 March 28, 2017

Howard County Planning and Zoning (DPZ) has begun a Development Regulation Assessment, to include review of the zoning code, as well as regulations, policies and manuals related to land development. Click here for more information.


Redevelopment of the Long Reach Village Center (LRVC)

September 2017

Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman signed the purchase and sale agreement with Orchard Development for the Long Reach Village Center on September 11, 2017. The completion of the purchase and sale agreement is another major step toward redevelopment of the aging center. The conceptual redevelopment proposal calls for a mixed-use, sustainable and innovative village center, and builds on community-inspired objectives for revitalization. 

Howard County purchased the 7.7 acre site in 2014 and 2015 under the County’s Urban Renewal Law for the purpose of revitalizing the property and undertook a multi-step process to revitalize the LRVC. More information…