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2012 Land Preservation, Parks & Recreation Plan

In accordance with Title 5, Subtitle 9 of the Natural Resources Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland (also known as the Program Open Space Law), the 2012 Land Preservation, Parks, and Recreation Plan has been prepared to inventory and assess the County's recreational, agricultural, and natural resources and the programs and policies affecting them. Typically, this plan is updated on a five-year cycle or as directed by the responsible state agencies.

The plan seeks to identify the extent to which these programs and policies are helping to reach State and local goals for preserving and enhancing these resources. Finally, the plan recommends actions that Carroll County and the State of Maryland can take to reach these goals more quickly and more effectively. Completion of this plan not only meets the requirements of State law, thereby making the County eligible for Program Open Space funds, but also will serve as a useful planning tool for recreational, agricultural, and natural resource programs and policies.

The following links will guide you through the various chapters, maps, tables, and appendices that comprise the document.

Questions on the plan should be directed to the Bureau of Comprehensive Planning:

Phone: 410-386-2145
Mail: Carroll County Department of Land Use, Planning & Development
225 N. Center Street
Westminster, MD 21157


Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan (full document)

Chapter I - Introduction to the Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan

Chapter II - Recreation and Parks

Chapter III - Agricultural Land Preservation

Chapter IV - Natural Resource Conservation


Appendix I - Comprehensive Plan Goals and Objectives Related to Parks & Recreation and Natural Resources

Appendix II - Parks and Recreation Capital Projects

Appendix III - Municipal Open Space Requirements

Appendix IV - Inventory of Recreational Facilities