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?

Ellicott City Watershed Master Plan

June 2, 2017

Howard County launched its master plan process for Ellicott City and its watershed on May 31st. Click here to watch the public meeting or find out more about the project.

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.

2016 Development Monitoring System Report

April 21, 2017

This annual report covers development activity in Howard County in 2016.  It also includes a summary of development trends over the past five years. The development monitoring system was put in place as part of the County's Adequate Public Facilities Act (APF) adopted in 1992. The purpose of the APF law is to provide a growth management process that enables the County to provide adequate public schools, roads and other infrastructure in a timely manner while achieving General Plan growth objectives. Click here to view the report.

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)

May 19, 2017

On May 18, members of the Planning Board held a special meeting to review the preferred redevelopment proposal for the LRVC urban renewal project. The Planning Board unanimously recommended that the County County approve the Orchard Development Team conceptual redevelopment proposal as the preferred Urban Renewal Project to redevelop and revitalize the LRVC. 

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 Planning Board's recommendation is one step in a multi-step process to revitalize the LRVC. More information…