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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What's New?

2016 Development Monitoring System Report

April 21, 2017

This annual report covers development activity in Howard County in 2016.  It also includes a summary of development trends over the past five years. The development monitoring system was put in place as part of the County's Adequate Public Facilities Act (APF) adopted in 1992. The purpose of the APF law is to provide a growth management process that enables the County to provide adequate public schools, roads and other infrastructure in a timely manner while achieving General Plan growth objectives. Click here to view the report.

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.

Redevelopment of the Long Reach Village Center (LRVC)

March 29, 2017

On March 1, the county received revitalization proposals from the development community in response to a request for proposals (RFP) to redevelop the Long Reach Village Center (LRVC). Since then, an RFP evaluation committee comprised of county staff and select community members has been vetting proposals. The evaluation committee’s goal is to recommend a preferred proposal that most closely meets the revitalization needs of the community in accordance with the proposed Reimagine Long Reach Village Center Plan

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. The RFP evaluation committee's work is one step in a multi-step process to revitalize the LRVC. More 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.