The next step in the Freedom Plan’s journey to adoption is its public hearing, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the South Carroll Senior Center, 5928 Mineral Hill Rd, Eldersburg.
The Board of County Commissioners took the Freedom Plan in progress — a 10-year master plan for the Freedom Area — from the Planning and Zoning Commission in late August in an effort to finish it before commissioners Richard Rothschild, R-District 4, and Doug Howard, R-District 5, leave office in December.
After taking the plan back, commissioners made a few changes and voted on Sept. 13 to send it to a public hearing.
Changes to the plan include land use designations for the major properties in the Freedom Area.
The draft land-use map which encompasses all the changes made can be found on the Freedom Community Comprehensive Plan website, www.freedomareaplan.org.
Changes were also made to the language used in the document’s vision statement, and commissioners added a section called “Priority Implementation Steps,” which identifies six specific steps to execute the plan.
The six steps were added by Howard and include: timely completion of the update to county zoning ordinance, the encouragement of an engaged community advisory group or organization, a review and update to public works agreements to ensure consistency with the plan, a comprehensive traffic study for the Freedom Area, an update the county water and sewer master plan, and the recommendation that at least one Freedom Area resident serves on the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Any citizen unable to attend a public comment session is encouraged to send comments via email to email@example.com or by mail to: Carroll County Commissioners, 225 N. Center Street, Westminster, MD, 21157.
After receiving comments at the public hearing, commissioners will vote to adopt the plan on or before Oct. 23.