Advertisement

Letter: Commissioners don't have Freedom residents' interests at heart

I have been a Freedom area resident since my family moved from Baltimore County in 1996. My family's reasons for moving at the time were twofold; better schools and less congestion. I'm a proud 2004 graduate of Liberty High School, and although I spent some years away attending college, these two reasons are also why I have decided to start my adult life along with my wife, Claire, in the Freedom area. In fact, we just recently purchased our second home within the district, moving into the Sherlock Holmes community from Carroll Highlands. Soon after moving into our new home, we began to hear grumblings about the impending land-use revisions. I am steadfast in my opposition to these changes.

My biggest concern is that my local representation does not have my best interest at heart, but instead is more interested in growing the county tax base to rectify past sins. Simply put, many people (myself included), feel like the commissioners have their own interests at heart rather than their constituents'. Worse yet is the half-hearted attempt to make this process look like "the people" had a say. Of the eight people on the Planning Commission, only one is actually a resident of the Freedom District. I also believe it to be disingenuous to hear the commissioners saying that our voices have been heard and many are in favor of the density increase. The only people that were contacted were land developers that owned vacant land. Of course, they'd favor higher densities. These people don't have to live with their own decisions!

Advertisement

In May 2015, my sister Hayley was involved in a near fatal accident at Pine Knob Road and Md. 32 when a driver attempted to make a left from Pine Knob onto 32. She was pinned inside of her smoking car and both legs were broken. She was flown to Shock Trauma, where she spent two weeks and to this day continues to recover from that accident. This intersection is already very dangerous, with many accidents occurring here. One can only imagine how higher density neighborhoods would make this (and other) intersections deadly.

In closing, I hope this letter proves in some small way that the majority of your constituents are steadfastly opposed to these changes. I believe this would be proven if this was put on the ballot as a referendum item.

Wade Keenan

Eldersburg

Advertisement
Advertisement