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  Land Development Regulations Assessment and Annotated Outline | Executive Summary | Survey

The Department of Planning and Zoning is pleased to announce that the Development Regulations Assessment and Annotated Outline is now available for review. Please select the link above to view the assessment. DPZ also welcomes your feedback by completing a brief survey on the Outline.

Upcoming Public Meetings

We invite you to attend a public meeting where Clarion Associates will present key components of the Assessment and Annotated Outline and solicit feedback from residents and stakeholders. Both meetings will cover the same information. Please RSVP by clicking on the meeting you wish to attend.

Monday, February 12th, 2:30-4:00 p.m. *
George Howard Building, Columbia/Ellicott Room
3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043
*Seating is limited. Registration will close once capacity is reached.

Monday, February 12th, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Oakland Mills High School, AHU-7 Auditorium
9410 Kilimanjaro Road, Columbia, MD 21045

Project Description

At the request of County Executive Allan H. Kittleman, Howard County Planning and Zoning (DPZ) has begun a Development Regulation Assessment, to include review of the zoning code, as well as regulations, policies and manuals related to land development.  The project will occur in two phases: phase I is an assessment of the development regulations and phase II is the drafting of a new unified development code.To further enhance public input, The County Executive appointed a 13 person steering committee to serve as a sounding board for ideas and to provide feedback on assessment drafts.

Phase I: Land Development Regulations Assessment

Clarion Associates, a national land use-consulting firm based in Denver, is the county's consultant for phase I of this project. Clarion has evaluated the strengths and weaknesses of the current regulations and provided an outline for new zoning, subdivision, and land development regulations based on public and stakeholder input, technical analysis, and national best practices.

Over the last 12-14 months, Clarion Associates has worked with DPZ to:
  1. Completed: Implement a Citizen Engagement Plan and conduct extensive outreach to identify which parts of the zoning and subdivision controls are working well - and which are not.
  2. Completed: Draft an Assessment and Annotated Outline document to make recommendations on how the land development regulations might be made more user-friendly, internally consistent, streamlined, and better aligned with the county planning goals as articulated in PlanHoward2030.
  3. Conduct a final round of meetings with citizens and stakeholders to hear reactions to the Assessment and Annotated Outline and recommendations related to it.

Phase I of the project will be completed in Winter/Spring 2018 with the conclusion of the final round of public meetings and feedback.

Phase II: Drafting of a New Code

The Assessment and Annotated Outline will serve as a general "roadmap" for phase II - redrafting the zoning and subdivision controls. It will also guide the development of a phase II Request for Proposals (RFP) to be released in 2018.
Steering Committee
    • Jane Dembner
    • Susan Garber
    • Steve Hunt
    • Grace Kubofcik
    • Joan Lancos
    • Jun Lee
    • Dick Lombardo
    • Ted Mariani
    • Lisa Markovitz
    • Lynn Moore
    • Drew Roth
    • Cole Schnorf
    • Paul Skalny

    Appointed by Executive Order 2017-03

    Steering Committee Meeting Minutes:
    March 29th | July 24th

Staff Contact

Amy Gowan