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Vision: A safe, harmonious, and livable community for current and future generations.

Mission: To balance community, economic, and environmental interests with the values and traditions that provide for a high quality of life for those that live, work, and visit Harford County.
What We Do
The Department of Planning and Zoning is responsible for planning the physical development and growth of Harford County, including the preparation and revision of Master Plans and the preparation and revision from time to time of rules and regulations governing subdivisions. It is also responsible for the preparation, administration and enforcement of a Zoning Map and of zoning rules and regulations, which shall constitute a Zoning Code. All plans and maps and all rules and regulations relating to planning and zoning shall be approved by legislative act of the council prior to their taking effect as law.
Master Plan Update
The Department of Planning and Zoning is presently developing HarfordNEXT, an update to the County’s Master Plan.

Green Infrastructure Planning

The Department of Planning and Zoning is currently implementing a pilot study for delineating a regional green infrastructure network within two subwatersheds of the Gunpowder River. This project will guide the future development of a Countywide Green Infrastructure Plan.