General Plan

General Plan Update

Information and project updates about the General Plan are available here.

PlanHoward 2030

PlanHoward 2030 is an update of the 2000 Howard County General Plan. The County's General Plan has historically been revised approximately every ten years (1960, 1971, 1982, 1990, 2000). Regular updates are necessary for guiding decisions related to development, land preservation, changing demographic and employment trends, neighborhood sustainability, capital projects, County services and other key issues.


The Downtown Columbia Plan Amended is an amendment to PlanHoward 2030 and creates a 30-year master plan for the revitalization and redevelopment of Downtown Columbia. Specific land use, transportation, environmental, community conversation and housing policies are presented.

The Amendments Matrix documents amendments to PlanHoward 2030.

Monitoring Reports

Monitoring reports provide agency progress updates on PlanHoward 2030 implementation actions.

2019 Mid-Term Monitoring Report

2016 Short-Term Monitoring Report

2014 Initial Review

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