Carroll Co. Commissioners seek delay of state Plan Maryland proposal

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August 28, 2011

WESTMINSTER — The Board of County Commissioners this week requested more time to review and comment on the Plan Maryland program being considered by state officials.

Plan Maryland is a proposal through with the state would consider transportation, job creation areas and natural resources, among other factors, in developing a comprehensive statewide plan for growth and development.

Gov.Martin O'Malley discussed Plan Maryland at the recent Maryland Association of Counties conference inOcean City.

On Aug. 23, in a meeting in Westminster, the board voted unanimously to adopt a resolution calling for Plan Maryland, as a statewide planning document, be deferred for a year, "so that all jurisdictions can analyze this plan to their reasonable satisfaction," according to a press release from the commissioners.

The commissioners' resolution also stated that a deferral would allow more time for discussions between the state and local jurisdictions. The also said the majority of the counties should support the final product.

Carroll County circulated a draft resolution among Maryland counties at the MACo meeting.

In absence of an extension, the deadline for public input is Sept. 1.

"Without an extension, there will be no further opportunity for substantive input before the plan is adopted," said the release from the commissioners.

On Monday, Aug. 29, the commissioners will host a presentation on Plan Maryland with Maryland Secretary of Planning Richard Hall.

The session, which is open to all, will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster. Citizens are invited to attend, ask questions, and comment on the plan.

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