General Plan

Once each decade, Howard County updates its general plan, a long-range, visionary document that guides land use decisions. The County’s current general plan, PlanHoward2030, was adopted in 2012.

HoCo By Design, the General Plan Update, is currently in the planning process that will result in a new general plan that reflects shifting demographics, regional growth, and changes to priorities and community goals.  The process is being led by the Department of Planning and Zoning (DPZ) and its consultant team.   

Howard County launched the HoCo By Design website in July 2020 to provide project updates and extensive opportunities for input into the planning process. Visit the website and sign up to get involved and stay informed. Please be sure to share the HoCo By Design website with your friends, neighbors and colleagues. We want to make sure every voice is heard as we design the vision for Howard County’s future.

PlanHoward 2030
Title
The Plan
Content

PlanHoward 2030 is an update of the 2000 Howard County General Plan. The County's General Plan has historically been revised approximately every ten years (1960, 1971, 1982, 1990, 2000). Regular updates are necessary for guiding decisions related to development, land preservation, changing demographic and employment trends, neighborhood sustainability, capital projects, County services and other key issues.

Title
Amendments
Content

The Downtown Columbia Plan Amended is an amendment to PlanHoward 2030 and creates a 30-year master plan for the revitalization and redevelopment of Downtown Columbia. Specific land use, transportation, environmental, community conversation and housing policies are presented.

The Amendments Matrix documents amendments to PlanHoward 2030.

Title
Monitoring Reports
Content

Monitoring reports provide agency progress updates on PlanHoward 2030 implementation actions.

2019 Mid-Term Monitoring Report

2016 Short-Term Monitoring Report

2014 Initial Review

General Plan 2000
Title
The Plan
Content

General Plan 2000 served as Howard County's comprehensive plan prior to PlanHoward 2030. The General Plan 2000 Policies Map supplements the written plan.

Title
Amendments
Content

The Downtown Columbia Plan is an amendment to the Howard County General Plan and creates a 30-year master plan for the revitalization and redevelopment of Downtown Columbia. Specific land use, transportation, environmental, community conversation and housing policies are presented.

The Howard County Water Resources Element (WRE) serves as an amendment to General Plan 2000 that adds Policies and Actions intended to ensure that the County has adequate water resource capacities to meet future growth needs through 2030.

The General Plan 2000 Amendments Matrix documents amendments to General Plan 2000.

 

Title
Monitoring Reports
Content

Monitoring reports describe the County's achievements on various indicators outlined in the 2000 General Plan:

1990 General Plan
Title
The Plan
Content

The 1990 General Plan served as Howard County's comprehensive plan prior to the 2000 update.

Stay Connected!

Sign up for the County Executive's weekly newsletter and stay up to date on everything Howard County.
 

Zip Code