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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Development Regulations Assessment

March 28, 2017

Howard County Planning and Zoning (DPZ) is kicking off 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.

APFO General Plan Amendment

Thursday, March 30, 2017
Hearing beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Notice is hereby given that a public hearing, as scheduled above, will be held by the Planning Board of Howard County, Maryland, in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building at 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City 21043, for a General Plan amendment, amending PlanHoward 2030 in accordance with recommendations made by the 2015 Adequate Public Facilities Task Force.

Proposed Growth Tiers Amendment

CB16-2017 was filed January 26 to amend PlanHoward 2030, the general plan for Howard County, in order to amend Growth Tiers, as required by the Maryland Sustainable Growth and Agricultural Preservation Act of 2012. Additional information.

Ellicott City Watershed Master Plan

January 24, 2017

Howard County has issued a Request for Expressions of Interest for professional services to develop a master plan for Ellicott City and its watershed. More information can be found here.

Redevelopment of the Long Reach Village Center (LRVC)

January 20, 2017

An Addendum and updated request for proposals was released to redevelop the Long Reach Village Center. 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. Questions and Answers from Industry Day (January 10, 2017). Long Reach Survey and Sign Up Sheet for Industry Day.

The deadline for submitting redevelopment proposals is March 1, 2017.  More information...

2016 Short-Term PlanHoward 2030 Monitoring Report

December 29, 2016

The 2016 Short-Term Monitoring Report, as set forth under PlanHoward 2030 Policy 2.1, b., provides agency updates on implementation actions within three years of the Plan's adoption and initial review.

Housing Affordability in Howard County and the Region

December 15, 2016

This latest Research Report discusses the change in housing affordability in Howard County and surrounding counties since 1995.

Housing Sales in Howard County

December 13, 2016

This report summarizes housing sales in Howard County for the 2015 calendar year. It includes numbers of sales, and mean and median sales prices by unit type. Sales data back to 2002 is also included.

Feasibility Study for the Oakland Mills Village Center Area

November 15, 2016

DPZ, in partnership with Columbia Association (CA), continues to work with a consulting team led by Bolan Smart to evaluate economic and market opportunities for the Oakland Mills Village Center area. As part of their evaluation, Bolan Smart is investigating the financial feasibility of alternative village center anchors and redevelopment opportunities. On November 15, the consultants presented an overview of their preliminary. More information...