2009 Accomplishments

How FoFC’s team worked to protect your quality of life last year:

  • Led the We Draw the Line campaign that galvanized citizen support for pulling in growth lines in towns across the county in the comprehensive plan
  • Gathered thousands of signatures in support of a referendum to repeal Frederick city annexation of critical farmland west of Frederick and along the  Route 15 Catoctin Mountain Scenic Byway corridor, and in doing so educated and engaged thousands of people in the process for the first time ever  (http://www.friendsoffrederickcounty.org/category/by-campaign/frederick-city-annexation/)
  • Provided consistent review and comment and public debate on direction related to land use in the Frederick County Comprehensive Plan putting agricultural preservation, natural resource conservation, municipal infill and redevelopment as priorities for our future in Frederick County  (http://www.270inc.com/2009/11/16/point-the-city-of-frederick-needs-more-land-counter-point-we-cannot-grow-our-way-out-of-our-problems.php)
  • Educated hundreds of citizens through public events and media about the challenges of agriculture and‪ natural resource preservation in Frederick County (http://www.friendsoffrederickcounty.org/category/ourcommonwealth/)‬
  • Educated citizens on the adequate public facilities ordinance that affects our growth patterns, traffic, schools, emergency support and our overall quality of life;  participated in protecting our schools from overcrowding through a county-wide school test passed in November 2009 (read more at:  http://www.friendsoffrederickcounty.org/sprawl/adequate-public-facilities-ordinance/).
  • Had a strong public voice on development of  “Mega” churches in agricultural zones (read FoFC’s position at: http://www.friendsoffrederickcounty.org/sprawl/mega-churches/);  specifically the Global Mission Church (GMC) construction at the base of Sugar Loaf Mountain. In October 2009 the Frederick County Planning Commission denied the GMC site plan for public health and safety reasons; GMC will appeal that decision in January.
  • Brought to the public attention through public meeting and the media the PATH project to construct high voltage power lines across rural and bucolic Frederick County;  see Nov 2009 Insider Forum news at:  http://www.friendsoffrederickcounty.org/about-friends/issue-insiders-forum/.
  • Promoted the use, education, policy change and model demonstration of wind energy in Frederick County (http://www.friendsoffrederickcounty.org/?s=wind+energy)
  • Provided education for hundreds of children on basic environmental concepts and how kids can participate in making Frederick County a more environmentally friendly place to live (ask us about “Captain Green Greens Frederick County” challenges for kids)
  • Celebrated Earth Day with the launch of FoFC’s 2009 environmental coloring book boasting great work of Frederick County eco-artists and live eco-theater …let us know if you’d like to reserve tickets for next April 22nd!