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Development Regulations Assessment

The Department of Planning and Zoning (DPZ) retained Clarion Associates, a national land-use consulting firm, to assist in a multi-year effort to rewrite the current zoning and land development regulations. The rewrite will occur in two phase; Phase 1 was completed in early 2018.

The process began in 2016, during which nearly 500 residents and stakeholders participated in more than 40 meetings to discuss what should be improved in the existing regulations. This outreach and an online survey resulted in more than 700 comments that informed an assessment and roadmap for Phase 2, HoCode Rewrite. All comments, a synopsis of comments, and survey results are linked below.

Comments Database | Comments Synopsis | Survey Results


Public Meetings

Clarion Associates conducted 4 rounds of public and stakeholder meetings. Please see below for information on those meetings.

Kick-Off Meeting
March 28-30. 2017

Emerging Issues Meetings
July 24-25, 2017

November 28-29, 2017
Presentation | Columbia/New Town Presentation

Development Regulations Assessment and Annotated Outline Meeting
February 12, 2018


Steering Committee Meeting

County Executive Allan H. Kittleman appointed a 13-member steering committee to serve as a sounding board for ideas and to provide feedback on assessment drafts. Below are the meeting minutes from the 4 steering committee meetings.

March 29, 2017

July 24, 2017

November 19, 2017

February 12, 2018