County officials said this week they will kick start the long awaited Freedom Community Comprehensive Plan next month with a "listening session" designed to gather residents' thoughts on growth, transportation, public facilities and other planning issues for the greater Eldersburg and Sykesville areas.
The session will be held Dec. 6, 7 p.m., in the media center at Liberty High School, 5855 Bartholow Road, Eldersburg.
The Freedom Community Comprehensive Plan is a document that serves as a blueprint for future land-use patterns, transportation, community facilities, recreational features and natural resource protections.
There is already an existing comprehensive plan in place for the Freedom area; but it was approved by the county in August 2001, and so is more than a decade old.
Officials said the goal of the updated plan is to incorporate community consensus on ideas to best shape southeastern Carroll County for the coming decades.
Listening sessions are intended as a series of gatherings to share insights about the Freedom area, and residents are encouraged to join the discussions.
In addition to the December session, county staff will be available to visit Freedom area groups, organizations and clubs at their own meetings or events toward the end of this year and early 2013 for additional sessions.
Anyone wishing to either schedule a session or suggest a community organization to host one may contact Barbara Kearney, Freedom area liaison planner, at 410-386-2145, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information may be found at the Facebook page, "Freedom Area Plan."
In the near future, there will also be a web page, http://www.FreedomAreaPlan.org. Officials said in the coming weeks and months, additional community input opportunities would be announced.