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Freedom area master plan coverage

Freedom area planning map

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.

What changes will the Freedom Master Plan bring?

Carroll County residents still have time to comment on the 2018 Freedom Community Comprehensive Plan before it goes before the Board of County Commissioners for potential adoption.

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The Freedom Area Comphrensive Plan

Gazing into the unknown but imminent future that is 2018, one key story to follow is actually a story that was supposed to wrap up years ago: The Freedom Area Comprehensive plan.

Planning commission talks new vision for Freedom plan

At the Tuesday meeting of the Carroll County Planning and Zoning Commission, the commission once again took up the vision statement for the Freedom Area Comprehensive Plan.

Planning and Zoning Commission begin addressing Freedom Plan concerns

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.

Commissioners issue clarifications to Planning Commission on Freedom Plan

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.

Police station, trails, buses discussed at Commissioner Howard's Freedom area meeting

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.

County Commissioners remand Freedom Plan to the planning commission

Carroll’s Board of County Commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday to remand the Freedom Area Comprehensive plan back to the Carroll County Planning and Zoning Commission.

Commissioners, public dialogue on Freedom Plan

The Carroll County Board of Commissioners has now met five times to discuss the Freedom Area Comprehensive Plan.

Madeja: Citizens counting on commissioners to get Freedom Plan right

What is causing all this consternation? A comprehensive plan update gone awry, written by folks who don’t live here and cannot possibly understand the distinctive needs of those who do.

County Commissioners get technical with Freedom Plan

Carroll County Board of Commissioners debate technical aspects of Freedom Plan at Tuesday meeting.

Commissioners to discuss turf fields, Freedom Plan this week

The Board of County Commissioners will meet twice this week in open session.

Commissioners won't reject, schedule additional meeting on Freedom Plan

Commissioners recognize they have a lot of work to do if they hope to get the plan in shape before an Oct. 26 deadline.

Letter: Freedom Plan process is a farce

Please allow me to add some perspective to your recent editorial comments about the Freedom planning process, which has been mischaracterized as a legitimate

Editorial: Growth in Freedom Area part of 'the bargain'

“The whole idea is you would have designated growth areas and Freedom was one of those designated growth areas, In exchange for that, you would keep the countryside countryside. That’s the bargain."

Carroll Board of County Commissioners hold first meeting on Freedom Plan

The Carroll County Commissioners met with members of the Planning and Zoning Commission Wednesday about the Freedom Plan.

Carroll Co. Commissioner Howard holds town hall

Commissioner discusses Freedom Plan, fields questions from area residents

County Commissioners to take up Freedom plan at Sept. 6 meeting

Carroll’s Board of County Commissioners will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 6, for their first discussion of the Freedom Community Comprehensive Plan.

Editorial: Planning policy discussion ill-timed, rife with rhetoric

Editorial: Planning policy discussion ill-timed, rife with rhetoric

Rothschild planning presentation, stopped halfway through, creates conflict in meeting

Commissioner Richard Rothschild gave a presentation Thursday that ended about halfway through after other commissioners took issue with it.

Planning Commission discusses Freedom Plan comments

At their Tuesday evening meeting, the Carroll County Planning and Zoning Commission discussed comments on, but did not vote on whether to approve the Freedom

Carroll zoning change could move to public hearing after next week

After discussion Thursday, it was decided staff would come back looking to move forward to a hearing.

Planning Commission approves Freedom Plan

Freedom Plan approval sends the vision for South Carroll Development to the Carroll County Board of Commissioners

Public comments on Freedom plan available

Public comments gathered during the 2017 Freedom Community Comprehensive Plan's 60-Day review period are now available, according to a Carroll County

Editorial: Planning commission taking Freedom plan feedback seriously

Carroll County's planning commission legally could have decided to vote to accept the Freedom Area Comprehensive Plan as-is on Tuesday, following a second

Planning commission holds last public hearing on Freedom Plan

The Carroll County Planning Commission completed its final public hearing on the accepted draft of the Freedom Area Comprehensive Plan Tuesday morning.

Freedom Plan gets load of criticism, some support at hearing

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.

Madeja: Keep working on Freedom Plan to get it right

By now all Freedom residents should know public comment for the 2017 Freedom Community Comprehensive Plan ends on June 20, at which point the Planning and

Commissioner Howard breaks silence on Freedom Plan

Carroll County Commissioner Doug Howard, R-District 5, broke his official silence on the Freedom Plan late Wednesday, issuing a media release with his thoughts

First public hearing on Freedom Plan Thursday at Liberty High School

The first of two public hearings on the accepted Freedom Plan will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 8, at Liberty High School. The hearing will provide

Freedom Plan accepted, moving process to public comment

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.

Freedom Plan process marches on, but not without detractors

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.

Carroll County Planning and Zoning Commission discusses Freedom Plan

The Carroll County Planning and Zoning Commission met Wednesday evening to continue discussions about the Freedom Plan at their March work session.

Letter: P&Z Commission needs to reconsider parts of Freedom plan

My wife and I moved to Carroll County in 1985. Since then, the growth in the Freedom area has increased significantly and, unfortunately, not for the better.

Commission talks road connections, land use at Freedom Area Comprehensive meeting

The commission spent more than three hours Jan. 4 looking at both the Future Land Use Map and Transportation.

Residents share concerns about Freedom plan

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.

Freedom plan specifics discussed; public meeting scheduled

The Planning and Zoning Commission met for a work session on the Freedom Community Comprehensive Plan.

Freedom plan to be discussed tonight

Portions of the Freedom Plan for the southeastern portion of the county will be among topics discussed at the Carroll County Planning and Zoning Commission is

Community, officials conflicted on Freedom Plan's future

Community members and county officials were conflicted on the future of the Freedom Community Comprehensive Plan at a joint meeting Wednesday.

Planning commission looks at connector roads in Freedom area

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.

Commission hears recommendations to deal with projected traffic increase around Md. 26, Md. 32

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.

Commissioners push back deadline for Freedom Plan

The deadline for the development of a master plan for the county's largest designated growth area will be pushed back, the Carroll County Board of Commissioners said Thursday.

September Freedom Plan outreach meeting scheduled

Freedom area residents will have another chance to meet with county staff close to home later this month to hear the latest on the Freedom Community Comprehensive Plan.

Editorial: Feedback critical on Freedom land-use plan

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.

Planning Commission looks into details of potential Freedom Plan land use changes

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.

Planning meeting to focus on Freedom plan, solar panels

The county's Planning and Zoning Commission will meet Wednesday evening to continue discussions on the Freedom Area Comprehensive Plan.

Second Freedom Plan meeting scheduled for July

Freedom-area residents will have another opportunity to talk with county officials about the future of the Freedom area next month.

Freedom meeting draws mixed reaction

Southern Carroll County residents turned out by the dozen Wednesday night, packing the cafeteria at Liberty High School for the chance to hear from county staff

Updates made to Freedom map

The Planning and Zoning Commission discussed a series of small changes Tuesday to the county's Freedom Community Comprehensive Plan.

Tensions show as Freedom Plan on land use discussed

Residents of southern Carroll County are feeling uneasy as the community prepares for a review of its plan for land use and development.

Second Freedom Plan meeting planned for July 13

Freedom-area residents are invited to hear the latest on the county's plan for growth in the area Wednesday night at a community outreach meeting hosted by county staff and officials.

Commission pores over details of proposed Freedom District changes

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.

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