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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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 Jill Manion by email or at (410) 313-2350
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.
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.
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.