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.
Currently, HoCo By Design, Howard County's General Plan Update, is in the planning process. HoCo By Design 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 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.
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.
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.
The 1990 General Plan served as Howard County's comprehensive plan prior to the 2000 update.