The Freedom Area Comprehensive Plan is intended to lay out an outline for future growth management, policies, economic development, facilities and resources in the South Carroll area.
The current plan was approved in 2001. Under the state's Land Use Article of Code, it must be updated every 10 years, along with the county's master plan, which had its most recent update, for 2014, passed in February.
After Carroll’s Board of County Commissioners voted 4-1 on Oct. 3 to remand the Freedom Area Comprehensive plan back to the Carroll County Planning and Zoning Commission, the commission took time Wednesday night to go through the board’s list of concerns.
At their Thursday, Nov. 9 meeting, the Carroll County Board of Commissioners developed a letter meant to clarify the task of the county Planning and Zoning Commission as it reconsiders the Freedom Area Comprehensive Plan.
About a dozen people came out Wednesday night in Eldersburg to meet with County Commissioner Doug Howard, R-District 5, and other county government staff to discuss funding priorities for the Freedom area.
More than 100 people came out to Liberty High School on Thursday evening for the first of two public hearings on the Freedom Plan. More than 30 of those took to one of two microphones in order to read their comments into the official public record.
The Carroll County Planning and Zoning Commission has accepted the Freedom Plan, according to a Carroll County Government media release. The next step is a 60-day public comment period and public hearing to be held June 8.
Long overdue and not without its detractors, the Freedom Plan process is marching forward, the next guidepost on its path toward eventual adoption being an open house community meeting Thursday, May 25 at the South Carroll Senior and Community Center.
At the front of the hall, members of the county Department of Planning and the county Planning and Zoning commission gave presentations concerning the Freedom area's capacity for growth as described in the plan, include the capacity of the sewer system to handle more flushing toilets, and the library and school system to accommodate more pupils.
The county Planning and Zoning Commission took a look at possible roads projects aimed at improving connectivity between local roadways in the Freedom Area on Tuesday, laying the groundwork for possible plans for road construction in South Carroll in coming years.
George Cardwell, a senior consultant with Pennoni and Associates contracted to help compose the transportation element of the Freedom Plan, told the commission that much of the concern with traffic in the Freedom Area is focused on the area surrounding Md. 26 and Md. 32.
Land-use plans presented by the county have been quite controversial over the years, and updates to the Freedom Community Comprehensive Plan has proven no different. That's what we applaud the actions county planning staff is taking to make sure residents are getting ample opportunity to comment and ask questions about the growth strategy.
The county's Planning and Zoning Commission again addressed the Freedom Community Comprehensive Plan, discussing some concerns brought by members of the public during last week's Freedom Plan community outreach meeting at their Tuesday morning meeting.
The county Planning and Zoning Commission discussed in detail possible changes to the Freedom District's master plan on Wednesday night, revealing both areas of agreement for the commission and issues that have members divided.