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 and its historical integrity. 


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Valdis Lazdins, Planning Director

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2016 Short-Term PlanHoward 2030 Monitoring Report

The 2016 Short-Term Monitoring Report, as set forth under PlanHoward 2030 Policy 2.1, b., provides agency updates on implementation actions within three years of the Plan's adoption and initial review.

Housing Affordability in Howard County and the Region

This latest Research Report discusses the change in housing affordability in Howard County and surrounding counties since 1995.

Housing Sales in Howard County

This report summarizes housing sales in Howard County for the 2015 calendar year. It includes numbers of sales, and mean and median sales prices by unit type. Sales data back to 2002 is also included.

Map Information for Ellicott City Recovery

September 15, 2016

The Department has produced a series of maps and tables for the Tiber Branch Watershed: see map. For an illustration of the watershed with contour lines (topography) shown, please see map. For a terrain view including flood plain delineation, see this map.

The following map details the land use in the Tiber Branch watershed. Data tables and charts were added to the land use map at the bottom denoting land use acreage and existing and undeveloped residential unit capacity. See map. The year built ranges for homes and buildings in the watershed are shown on the following map. And finally, residential building permits issued since 1991 in the watershed are shown on the following map.

The following series of aerial maps show the Tiber Branch Watershed from 1943 through today.

Sustainable Communities Designation for Long Reach

December 6, 2016

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development announced that the Village of Long Reach in Columbia has been awarded a “Sustainable Community” designation, based on an application submitted last June by County Executive Allan H. Kittleman and the county’s Department of Planning and Zoning (DPZ).

Working in collaboration with the Long Reach Village Board, the County Council, the Columbia Association, business owners and others, the County sought the designation to increase opportunities for revitalization and reinvestment in Long Reach. More information...

Feasibility Study for the Oakland Mills Village Center Area

November 15, 2016

DPZ, in partnership with Columbia Association (CA), continues to work with a consulting team led by Bolan Smart to evaluate economic and market opportunities for the Oakland Mills Village Center area. As part of their evaluation, Bolan Smart is investigating the financial feasibility of alternative village center anchors and redevelopment opportunities. On November 15, the consultants presented an overview of their preliminary. More information...

Redevelopment of the Long Reach Village Center (LRVC)

December 27, 2016

An Addendum and updated request for proposals was released to redevelop the Long Reach Village Center. 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.

The deadline for submitting redevelopment proposals is March 1, 2017.  More information...