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Department of Planning clarifies scope of Thursday's Maximize2045 public meeting

The Carroll County Department of Planning issued a news release to clarify the scope of Thursday night’s publicized public meeting for residents to discuss Maximize2045.

The public meeting will be held on June 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Carroll County government building, 225 N. Center St.

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The meeting will be hosted by the Baltimore Metropolitan Council’s (BMC) Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB). According to the press release, the meeting is one of eight being held to discuss federal and state plans for key transportation projects planned in the Baltimore region over the next 25 years — Maximize2045. The BMC provides the forum and resources that allows regional panning efforts of short- and long-term projects.

The plan of the BRTB differs from the Carroll County Transportation Priority Letter, which outlines and identifies the Carroll County Board of Commissioner’s state road transportation project priorities.

The most recent letter to the state highlighted the county’s focus on projects that will enhance economic development and redevelopment opportunities and requests that Carroll County’s transportation project be considered for inclusion in the Maryland Department of Transportation fiscal year 2020 to 2025 Consolidated Transportation Program, according to the release. The release also listed categories the letter promotes, such as Highway Capacity Enhancement Projects, Bicycle, Pedestrian and Trail projects and more.

The public meeting is only seeking comment on Maximize2045 and will not include discussion of the local transportation priorities.

For those who cannot attend the meeting, there will be an online meeting June 10 at noon. Visit bit.ly/2IVCzpG to register for the online meeting.

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