Citizen Input on Frederick City Annexations

From what I gather, annexation isn’t the problem. The problem is that under our current zoning policies, we will use the annexed land in inefficient and risky ways. The mayor says we need to build large lot commercial office space there to generate tax revenue. If our goal is to maximize tax revenue, building big […]

Let us bring the Golden Mile back to its name and let it be the Golden Mile

Bringing commercial into a residential neighborhood is not smart growth. I realize the city of Frederick thinks it will gain a great deal of money from this annexation, but I think we should be realistic. I would like to quote from the annexation staff report for the Summers Farm: “This property was specifically listed as […]

County Commissions speak out: Proposed city annexations ill-conceived, irresponsible

We are writing to express our concerns about the City of Frederick ‘s imminent annexation of the Crum and Thatcher properties north of the city along U.S. 15. City officials claim Frederick needs to annex these properties in order to pay for the water that the city requested from the county under a financial arrangement unanimously agreed […]

County Commissions speak out: Proposed city annexations ill-conceived, irresponsible

We are writing to express our concerns about the City of Frederick ‘s imminent annexation of the Crum and Thatcher properties north of the city along U.S. 15. City officials claim Frederick needs to annex these properties in order to pay for the water that the city requested from the county under a financial arrangement unanimously agreed […]

Alderman Kuzemchak writes on the city’s annexation proposals

All, Please read all of this.  Some of it might upset you but other parts may make you smile.  I honestly don’t know how I’m going to vote on Thursday.  This note is for informational purposes only. We shouldn’t even be discussing annexations and zonings this close to an election – nobody has all the […]

The Crumland Farm and Thatcher/COPT Proposed Annexations Analysis and Opinion of Alderman C. Paul Smith

       August 29, 2009     The annexations are not being entertained as a way to generate tax revenue. In my opinion that would not be a good reason to annex a property. I will only vote to annex properties that I believe will bring more net benefits to the city than by […]

Mega Church (Global Mission Church) moving to build in Shadow of Sugarloaf

The Global Mission Church proposes to build a 138,000 sq foot structure in southern Frederick County, to serve a congregation of between 1100-1500 people.  Please see map and additional information on the Montgomery Countryside Alliance website at:  http://mocoalliance.org/2009/07/global-mission-church/ The Frederick County Planning Commission reviewed the proposal on July 15, 2009 and amended it with the […]

Citizen response to Alderman Kuzemchak – ref: the annexation proposals

>>>>We shouldn’t even be discussing annexations and zonings this close to an election<<<< Hear, hear! Decisions on how County land is developed will affect the City for the next two centuries or more. I don’t understand why anyone would want to make those decisions right before an election, and with so little public discussion. >>>>The […]

Plan to use annexation land inefficiently and in high risk ways

From what I gather, annexation isn’t the problem. The problem is that under our current zoning policies, we will use the annexed land in inefficient and risky ways. The mayor says we need to build large lot commercial office space there to generate tax revenue. If our goal is to maximize tax revenue, building big […]

Land Value Taxation: what is it, how has it worked elsewhere, and how would it work in Frederick City?

Guest Speaker:    Josh Vincent of The Center for the Study of Economics, http://www.urbantools.org/ When:  Thursday 8/27 6:30-8:30pm Where: C Burr Artz Community Room Background information: Land Value Taxation (LVT) can be a tool to promote economic justice, responsible stewardship of the earth and its resources, and as a way to promote growth where wanted. The […]