Howard County has released a comprehensive evaluation of its development regulations. The assessment represents the culmination of a year of public input sessions and technical analysis to evaluate the county’s zoning code, regulations, policies and manuals related to land development. The effort, led by Clarion Associates, represents Phase 1 of an effort to rewrite and modernize Howard County’s development regulations.

“This represents the most comprehensive evaluation of our development code in years and is the result of significant participation by many stakeholders — including county government, residents, businesses and property owners,” said County Executive Allan Kittleman. “This review will help guide us to a new code that is consistent, simplified, easier to navigate and where professionals and residents alike can find all the information they need in one place.”

The final public meetings are scheduled for Monday, Feb. 12.
• 2:30 to 4 p.m., George Howard Building, Columbia/Ellicott Room, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City
• 7 to 8:30 p.m., Oakland Mills High School, AHU-7 Auditorium, 9410 Kilimanjaro Road, Columbia

At these meetings, Clarion will present key components of the Assessment and Annotated Outline and solicit feedback from residents and other stakeholders. Both meetings will cover the same information. The Development Regulations Assessment & Annotated Outline is available on the Department of Planning and Zoning’s website at ment.