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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 ( See why we are updating the Plan: Maryland Department of Planning’s 10 Year Cycle Review Checklist). 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.

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Submit your comments on the 2016 Freedom Area Plan

+ Freedom Questions

+ Draft Freedom Future Land Use Map

Future Land Use Map / List of Land Use Changes

Future Land Use Definitions

+ Element Updates

The Carroll County Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC) 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 ensures multiple opportunities for the Planning and Zoning Commission to review the document, as well as, for the public to participate and offer comment. As always, the public is encouraged to attend these meetings and public comment is solicited throughout the process. 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(s) are reviewed in-depth to answer questions, take recommendations, and make edits to the element(s)
  4. Concurrence: PZC addresses any other outstanding issues and votes to make the element(s) public
  5. Endorsement: PZC votes to endorse the element(s) and set them aside until all the elements have been endorsed
Transportation Consultant Study



+ Public Outreach

Upcoming Meetings
  • If you were unable to attend the December 5th Community Outreach meeting click here to watch the event.
Past Meetings

+ 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