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Freedom Community Comprehensive Plan Update

Carroll County Bureau of Comprehensive Planning is updating the 2001 Freedom Community Comprehensive Plan to meet Maryland's Land Use Article of Code, which requires jurisdictions to update their master plans, and in this case, small area plan, every ten years. The update of the 2001 Freedom Community Comprehensive Plan is following the recently Adopted 2014 Carroll County Master Plan.

The update of the 2001 Freedom Community Comprehensive Plan will be the framework for land use, growth management, rural/agricultural policies, economic development, water resources, natural environmental resources, community facilities and services, and recreational resources. Supplementing the update is the 2014 Approved Freedom Bicycle-Pedestrian Master Plan & Assessment.

From September 2012 through June 2013, a series of public participation “listening sessions” were conducted. The County gathered public input on asserts and constraints for the Freedom Community Planning Area. The County is utilizing this information to host a series of new, topic-specific meetings to address key challenges in the Freedom Community Planning Area. These topic-specific meetings will include a meeting on housing, the transportation network and the Liberty Road Corridor from Route 32 to the Baltimore County line, tourism and recreational opportunities, and economic development. To receive meeting notifications and updates on the 2001 Freedom Community Comprehensive Plan, sign up here.

+ Element Updates

The Carroll County Planning and Zoning Commission is reviewing Plan elements in five(5) different stages, prior to the Plan’s final Acceptance and official state 60-Day review period. This process insures multiple opportunities for the Planning and Zoning Commission to review the document, as well as, public to participate and offer comment. As always, the public is encouraged to attend these meetings and public comment is solicited throughout the meeting. These stages are: Distribution, Checkpoint, Discussion, Concurrence, and Endorsement.

  1. Distribution: working copies of the element(s) are distributed to PZC members
  2. Checkpoint: Planning staff check-in with PZC during a regularly scheduled meeting to address any preliminary issues or concerns
  3. Discussion: During a regularly scheduled meeting the element is reviewed in-depth to answer questions, take recommendations, and make edits to the element(s)
  4. Concurrence: PZC addresses any other outstanding issues and vote to make the element(s) public
  5. Endorsement: PZC votes to endorse the element(s) and set aside the element until all the elements have been endorsed



+ Planning Commission Meetings

Future Meetings
December 2, 2015 - 6:00 p.m. Agenda Pending
Past Meetings
November 17, 2015 Agenda Video
November 4, 2015 Agenda Meeting Summary Video
October 20, 2015 Agenda Meeting Summary Video
September 30, 2015 Agenda Meeting Summary Video
September 15, 2015 Agenda Meeting Summary Video
September 2, 2015 Agenda Meeting Summary Video
July 29, 2015 Agenda Meeting Summary Video

Public Meetings

  • TBA

+ Freedom Community Comprehensive Planning Area: Changes from 2001 to 2014

+ 2001 Freedom Community Comprehensive Plan

Table of Contents
Chapter 1 - Introduction to a Comprehensive Plan
Chapter 2 - Introduction to the Freedom Community
Chapter 3 - Demographics and Population Projections
Chapter 4 - Plan Vision, Goals, and Format
Chapter 5 - Goal 1: To Provide a Plan that Promotes Growth Management and Community Development
Chapter 6 - Goal 2: To Provide a Safe and Functional Transportation System
Chapter 7 - Goal 3: To Provide Adequate Public Facilities and Services
Chapter 8 - Goal 4: To Protect and Enhance the Environment
Chapter 9 - Goal 5: To Enhance the Character and Uniqueness of the Freedom Community
Chapter 10 - Goal 6: To Encourage Community Involvement in the Development, Implementation, and Monitoring of the Freedom Community Comprehensive Plan
Chapter 11 - Goal 7: To Promote Economic Development
Appendix A - Guidelines for Development of a Boulevard District
Appendix B - Glossary of Terms
Appendix C - Summary of Visioning Exercise Results
Appendix E - Types of Recreational Facilities Table
Comprehensive Plan Map

2014 Freedom Bicycle-Pedestrian Master Plan & Assessment