Southwest Carroll Plan expected by next month Panel to report to citizens group SOUTHWEST -- Mount Airy * Woodbine * Taylorsville

April 28, 1993|By Greg Tasker | Greg Tasker,Staff Writer

The Southwest Carroll Plan will move forward next month when committees studying recreation and other issues make recommendations to a citizens panel.

Carroll planner Gregg Horner said the subcommittees, which also are studying villages, funding and the transfer of development rights, are expected to issue their recommendations by May 15.

The citizens advisory committee may incorporate the recommendations into a comprehensive plan that is being developed to guide growth over the next several years in a 50-square-mile region bounded by Routes 97 and 26 and the Howard and Frederick county borders. The area doesn't include Mount Airy.

Planners began studying the region in 1991 because of its rapid growth and development. They are working on recommendations for zoning changes that could allow varied development and create a need for more public facilities.

County officials have envisioned a place with new crossroads villages, employment campus zones, clustered housing and special tax districts.

When some residents objected to such concepts as crossroads villages, subcommittees were formed to address the residents' concerns. The subcommittees began meeting in January.

The citizens advisory committee is expected to mull the subcommittee reports and make a recommendations to the county planning commission by mid-June or mid-July, Mr. Horner said.

The planning commission will hold a public meeting on the plan in late June so residents can be better informed about the proposal before a formal public hearing is held, probably in September, he said.

Carroll's county commissioners are expected to hold a public hearing in late October or early November and then make a decision on what to include in the plan before the holidays. The hearing was initially scheduled for late November, but Commissioner Julia W. Gouge said the date conflicted with the holidays.

"I don't think it's good to plan a public hearing of this magnitude during the holidays," she said.

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