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?

Ellicott City Watershed Master Plan

November 16, 2017

Howard County launched its master plan process for Ellicott City and its watershed on May 31st, 2017. The master plan process will help define a community-driven vision for rebuilding a stronger and more resilient Ellicott City. The approximately year-long process includes a series of workshops to gather community feedback.

At public workshops on November 14 and 15, the master plan consultant team presented initial findings and preliminary concepts for public feedback. Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman, the Department of Planning and Zoning, and the master plan consultant team greatly appreciate the thoughtful input and participation from everyone who attended a workshop. Read more

Development Regulations Assessment

 March 28, 2017

Howard County Planning and Zoning (DPZ) will be holding public meetings on November 28th and 29th as part of the Development Regulation Assessment. Clarion Associates will present key topics that have emerged as they work to incorporate public and stakeholder comments into the Land Development Regulation Assessment. Citizens and stakeholders will have the opportunity to learn more about those challenges and offer feedback and suggestions to Clarion Associates. Click here for more information.


Research Report: Domestic Migration 2010-2015

August 3, 2017

This latest Research Report summarizes domestic migration trends in Howard County from 2010 to 2015. The county grew by a little more than 26,000 residents during this five-year time period, about a 9% population increase (287,085 in 2010 to 313,414 in 2015). As this growth occurred over the five years, more than 143,000 domestic migrants moved in and out of Howard County, reflecting the high mobility of residents in this economically vibrant part of the U.S. 

Click here to read the report.

Council Bill 60-2017- Natural Wood Waste (Mulch) and Composting Regulations

County Executive Kittleman and Councilmembers Mary Kay Sigaty and Greg Fox have filed Council Bill- 60-2017 (CB-60) for County Council consideration.  Click here to view more information on the Council Bill.

Redevelopment of the Long Reach Village Center (LRVC)

September 2017

Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman signed the purchase and sale agreement with Orchard Development for the Long Reach Village Center on September 11, 2017. The completion of the purchase and sale agreement is another major step toward redevelopment of the aging center. The conceptual redevelopment proposal calls for a mixed-use, sustainable and innovative village center, and builds on community-inspired objectives for revitalization. 

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 and undertook a multi-step process to revitalize the LRVC. More information…