The Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning (DPZ) released its preliminary draft of PlanHoward 2030, the county’s general plan update. The draft plan includes a central theme of sustainability and is designed to address the opportunities and challenges facing Howard County today and in the next 20 years.
“I’m very excited to present this draft plan to our residents,” County Executive Ken Ulman said. “DPZ staff has worked diligently to incorporate the guidance provided by the General Plan Task Force and to draft a plan that will help ensure Howard County’s continued success for the next two decades.”
The Planning Board will hold a public hearing on the draft plan on Wednesday, April 18, in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building. The public is invited to comment on the draft plan at the hearing.
Prior to the scheduled hearing, the board will host three open house sessions around the county. The two remaining are:
• Monday, April 9, 6 to 8 p.m., North Laurel Community Center
• Wednesday, April 11, 6 to 8 p.m., Gary J. Arthur Community Center at Glenwood
“The open houses will be opportunities for the public to interact with staff and provide feedback on the draft plan. Feedback received at the open houses will be assembled and presented to the Planning Board for its consideration,” said Marsha McLaughlin, DPZ director.
The preliminary draft of PlanHoward 2030 is available to view at www.planhoward.org, and hard copies will be available at all Howard County Public Library branches.