The Freedom Community Survey About High Density Residential and Large Store Commercial Development

High density residential development and large, “Big Box” store commercialization can reduce the market value of your home, increase traffic and, in other ways, adversely affect the quality of life in your community.

The objective of this survey is to find what you think about these development strategies were they to be implemented where you live.  Results of the survey – in summary format that doesn’t identify your specific responses – will then be given to County planners and Commissioners to influence the specifics of the Comprehensive Plan on which they are now working.

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All questions are closed-end (multiple choice). Despite the number of questions, filling out the questionnaire should only take 3 to 5 minutes – well worth the time given the potential effects of new zoning on your property values, traffic and other quality of life concerns.

Thanks for your participation!  As you’ll see in the last question, $1 will be given to your choice among 5 major charities when you complete and submit your questionnaire.



The Carroll County Board of Commissioners recently sent the Freedom Community Comprehensive Plan back to the County’s Planning Department and the Planning and Zoning Commission for additional work.

The objective of the Plan – and of the new zoning that it recommends – is to grow the population of Carroll County which has been flat for more than a decade. More people living in the County will increase the County’s tax base. The question is, what should high density, “affordable” housing and large store (retail) commercialization have to do with it?


The purpose of this survey is to collect the opinions of 1000 or more Carroll County residents.  1000 is a lot of people taking a survey. Thank you for participating. Please do your best to encourage other residents to step up and let the County know what they think. When we’re done, responses will be publicized with the hope that the results, whatever they may be, will influence revisions to the Comprehensive Plan for everyone’s benefit.

So here we go… Just a relatively few, easy-to-answer questions. To participate, you’ll need to leave your first name, last name initial and address,  No matter what, we won’t be sharing your survey responses with anyone. Your first name, last name initial and address are necessary to convince the County Commissioners that our survey responses are real.

Each person 18 or older in your household should answer separately.

Thanks. Here goes.


The survey.

The Freedom Community Survey About
High Density Residential And Large Store Commercial Development

The Freedom Community Survey About
High Density Residential And Large Store Commercial Development

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This is a serious and very important questionnaire. It should take you between 5 and 10 minutes. Thank you for taking the time to respond.

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High Density ("Affordable") Residential Development

Large Store Commercial (Retail) Development

Development Choices


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9 thoughts on “The Freedom Community Survey About High Density Residential and Large Store Commercial Development

  1. Eric H Messerschmidt says:

    Better infrastructure; I live west of town and the traffic out here at rush hour is just nuts.. I moved out here to get away from traffic; everyone commuting to Baltimore and the DC area from the north & west now uses Route 27, 94, 97 and 32 to get south and east in the AM and home in the PM. All of these roads are 2 lane country roads; at least two of them need to be made 4 lane divided highway, before any more development takes place. And of course the same goes for Rt 26 from Frederick to I-695. The roads always have to catch up to the development, how about we do it right for once.

    • These are State roads. The County is beholding to what the State will do.

      • Hi. Thank you for your comment.

        Routes 32 (Sykesville Road) and 26 (Liberty Road) are State roads, but the State has resources and is more than willing to work with County planners to make sure there is enough capacity to accommodate growth. The County should pick up the phone and give the State a call – and put the necessary roadway improvements, other infrastructure and services in place before it rezones for additional residential and commercial development.

  2. I think Eldersburg needs a true town square/plaza- a centrally located open space for public gatherings and events. Town squares bring residents together at the heart of the community for entertainment like festivals and concerts, for commerce like farmers markets and crafts fairs, for education like demonstrations and workshops, for public health events like mobile clinics and seminars, for personal enrichment like pet adoptions and community enrichment like holiday celebrations. Trees, a fountain, a gazebo, a statue, park benches- whatever it is — an open place to gather that captures the great spirit and people of our beautiful community. Something that says “This is a nice place to visit, but it’s even nicer to live here!”

    • Sounds nice, Sarah. Really nice, but I don’t think it’s what the County’s planners have in mind.

      The “Freedom’s Vision Statement” that is supposed to drive the 2017 Freedom Community Comprehensive Plan reads like this…

      “Freedom is a safe, close-knit community where open spaces, natural preserves and heritage characterize and connect neighborhoods, and support a vibrant central business and commercial core which resonates with the community identify, sense of place and quality of life.”

      Sounds a lot like what you have in mind – and not at all consistent with the large store (“big box”) commercial development the County’s planners are pushing.

  3. Aleksandr Sukhitskiy says:

    The biggest and still growing problem in Eldersburg are the roads. There is actually one road only – Liberty Rd.

  4. We need more Senior accommodations.

    • Hi. Thanks for your comment. Can you be more specific about what you mean by “more Senior accommodations”? Residential developments for people 55 and older? Publicly-funded recreational facilities for Seniors?

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