Town Center key to plans for future

Letters

Letters

December 16, 2007

The Odenton Town Center is poised to be a key element in our county's future growth and economic development. The center's location in the heart of the Fort Meade BRAC expansion area adds to its importance and the need to implement this project as part of a coordinated plan for West County.

The county's planning staff and economic development are working with the property owners in the Town Center to ensure that this growth is effectively managed. The infrastructure needs of this mixed-use community will be met through a combination of state and county funds. The potential also exists to establish a dedicated funding source provided by those who will directly benefit from the economic gains that the Town Center will bring to this area. A voluntary fund and special taxing districts lines could be drawn to accommodate property owners' concerns.

The opportunity for our citizens to work, live and play in a comprehensively planned development will add to our quality of life and bring benefits that cannot be measured in dollars and cents alone. We must be vigilant in preserving the overall sense of community that is a cherished part of the Odenton tradition. The influx of people that will come with a fully developed Town Center and expansion at the Fort Meade/National Security Agency complex must be managed through an infrastructure system planned and funded with this in mind.

The county intends to bring the vision of the Odenton Town Center to reality with the help of the entire West County community. We will continue to work with that community as these plans - more than 30 years in the making - finally move off the drawing board.

County Executive John R. Leopold

County Councilman Jamie Benoit

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