Edgewood poised for greater growth

With assistance from Harford County officials and the implementation of a statewide plan to promote growth and revitalization in specific areas, Edgewood could be posed for upgraded schools, libraries, roads and other public facilities.

"There are going to be areas where the state will focus its funding effort, be it for roads, be it for schools be it for libraries," Janet Gleisner, chief of the Land Use and Transportation Planning Section in the Harford County Department of Planning and Zoning, said during a meeting of the Edgewood Community Council Wednesday.

Gleisner referred to PlanMaryland, adopted in late 2011 as the state's first "long-range plan for sustainable growth, and developed by the Maryland Department of Planning, according to the PlanMaryland website.

Gleisner said PlanMaryland allows state money to be targeted to specific areas identified by local governments for redevelopment or growth.

"There will be places where they will focus their financial resources, because resources are limited and they want to get the biggest bang for their buck," she said.

She said Edgewood's Community Area Plan, adopted in 2000, was incorporated into the county's 2012 Master Plan and Land Use Element Plan, and those planning documents, along with the creation of the Edgewood Neighborhood Overlay District, the Commercial Revitalization District and the Chesapeake Science and Security Corridor over the past decade, gives the community the tools it needs to direct resources into the appropriate areas.

Gleisner said Edgewood's population grew 11 percent between the U.S. Census in 2000 and the census in 2010, and several projects, such as the opening of the Harford County Sheriff's Office Southern Precinct at Routes 40 and 152, the growth and development of the Edgewood MARC commuter rail station, the state's ongoing improvements to Route 755 (Edgewood Road) to give it a "Main Street" feel, as well as the growth related to the BRAC process and Aberdeen Proving Ground, have also shown Edgewood's potential.

She encouraged community council members and residents present at Wednesday's meeting – held at the Southern Precinct – to work to market the community and welcome new residents.

The Edgewood Community Newsletter is published on a regular basis by local resident Ron Chapman, and Gleisner encouraged developing more such marketing opportunities.

"I really would challenge you to find opportunities where you can continue to make people feel welcome in this community," she said.

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