Development Process and Procedures

Plan Review Process

Subdivision and Land Development Regulations

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The Division of Land Development administers the development plan review process in an efficient and consistent manner to ensure that proposed development plans conform to all County regulations and are functional. Additionally, the Division helps property owners, business owners, community associations, realtors, prospective homeowners and others obtain the information they need on development regulations and or plan approvals. For more information or questions regarding the Standard Review Process, please contact the Division of Land Development Planner-of-the-Day at (410) 313-2350.


New Town Development Process

The New Town (NT) Zoning District is the zoning classification for Columbia, an unincorporated, planned community located in Howard County. For more information, please visit the New Town Development Process & Procedure Web Page.

Pre-Submission Community Meeting Process

Section 16.128 of the Subdivision Regulations

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A pre-submission community meeting is required prior to the initial submittal of plans for all new residential development, new non-residential development located within 200 feet of a residential zoning district, and existing non-residential development located within 200 feet of a residential zoning district with a proposed floor area expansion of more than 25%. The pre-submission community meeting is for the developer/petitioner to provide information to the community regarding the proposed initial plan submittal and to allow community residents to ask questions and make comments before the initial plan submittal for the subject property. While the developer/petitioner is encouraged to work with the community to achieve a mutually acceptable solution to any concerns, unless a change is required by this subtitle or the zoning regulations, the developer/petitioner is not required to change the proposed development in response to comments made at the pre-submission community meeting.

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Community Registration Application
Would you like to be notified when development is proposed near or around your neighborhood? Use the Community Registration Application to define a community boundary and a notification boundary. When proposed development that requires a pre-submission community meeting falls within the defined boundaries, you will receive notification via email with information regarding the pre-submission community meeting in your area.

Other Processes & Procedures

Fast Track Process

Process

The Department of Planning and Zoning offers a customized “Fast Track Site Development (SDP) Process” to accelerate the review and approval of critical economic development projects in Howard County. For more information or questions regarding the "Fast Track" process, please contact Tanya Krista-Maenhardt by email or at (410) 313-2350.

Originals Only Process

Process

The “Originals Only” procedure is an expedient process to review and re-record previously recorded plats with minor revisions or correction. Minor revisions include, but are not limited to, corrections to drafting errors, changes to building restriction lines to comply with present day zoning, re-subdividing lots to adjust property lines for land exchanges or to accommodate certain house models, and to revise easements. For more information or questions regarding the "Originals Only" process, please contact the Division of Land Development Planner-of-the-Day at (410) 313-2350.

Redline Revision Process

Process

The redline review process is used for minor modifications or revisions to active or inactive commercial site development plans, residential site development plans, road construction plans or public water and sewer plans.For more information or questions regarding the Redline process, please contact the Jeff Pickett with the Development Engineering Division, by email or at (410) 313-2350.
The Construction Inspection Division of the Department of Public Works/Bureau of Engineering is responsible for all redline revisions during the as-built process after construction is complete.

Simplified Environmental Concept Plan

Process

The simplified ECP process is for projects that do not require a plat or SDP (e.g. building permits in the west, redlines where appropriate). For questions on the simplified ECP process, please contact Jeff Pickett with the Development Engineering Division, by email or at (410) 313-2350.

Special Subjects

Process
The "Special Subject" process has been established in response to frequent inquiries this Department receives to determine the appropriate process for obtaining approval to allow a change-in-use, to make minor revisions or additions to an existing developed property, additions/changes to communication tower and electric power line facilities, plan revisions and all other general "special subject" inquiries. For more information or questions regarding the "Special Subject" process, please contact the Division of Land Development Planner-of-the-Day at (410) 313-2350.

Street Renaming

Process
The Department of Planning and Zoning is responsible for processing all street renaming or renaming petition requests. For further information or questions, please contact Eric Buschman by email or at (410) 313-2350.

Subdivision Alternative Compliance Petition Process

Section 16.104 of the Subdivision Regulations

 

Process | Regulations

A subdivision alternative compliance request is a grant of relief from the requirements of the Howard County Subdivision and Land Development Regulations. For more information or questions regarding the alternative compliance petition process, please contact the Division of Land Development Planner-of-the-Day at (410) 313-2350.

Walk-Thru Redline Revisions & House Model Revisions

Walk Thru Revision Process | House Model Revision Process

The “Walk-Thru Revision” process facilitates the review and approval of minor as-built site revision for single residential lots on approved site development plans. The revisions are limited to changes that do not affect neighboring lots, and include changes to house foundation elevations, architectural options and as-built model changes, minor grading and drainage changes, additional of retaining walls under three feet in total height, driveway changes, and house location and orientation changes.
The “House Model Revision” process is to make house model or generic house footprint changes on residential lots or footprint changes to a group of townhouse or apartment units on an approved site development plan. Other minor site revision items such as grading, driveway locations, building additions or deletions and retaining walls, etc. must be shown and approved on the House Model Revision plan.