County begins 2nd round of growth meetings

November 20, 2005|BY A SUN REPORTER

Carroll County has begun a second round of community meetings, known as Grassroots Gatherings, to involve residents in charting a master plan for the county's growth for the next 20 years.

The meetings, which will wrap up by mid-December, will assist planners in drafting the Carroll County Comprehensive Plan.

The document will guide officials in plotting development throughout the area.

"We are looking for residents' ideas that we can incorporate into the plan," said Steven C. Horn, county director of planning.

County staff members have facilitated more than 50 weeknight meetings in towns and small communities across the area.

Many of the initial meetings have drawn sparse attendance, but interest is growing, officials said.

"Word is getting out, and we are beginning to see improved attendance," Horn said. "We are using extraordinary measures to get folks involved, including our Web page and drawing community organizations into the process."

Horn also announced a second regional conference, a follow-up to a June event that drew nearly 200 people.

The conference will be scheduled early next year, he said.

"This will be an interactive event, with visioning exercises that will help us proceed with Carroll County's growth plans," he said.

The Pathways Web site (carrollpathways.org) includes a calendar of all community meetings.

Interested individuals also can register to be on an e-mail list at the "Contact Us" page.

Gatherings scheduled this week include:

Manchester: 7 p.m. tomorrow at Manchester Town Hall.

Pleasant Valley/Frizzellburg/Mayberry/Tyrone: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Emmanuel (Baust) United Church of Christ parish hall, 2940 Old Taneytown Road.

Hampstead: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at North Carroll library branch, Greenmount.

Information: 410-386-2145.

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