10-10-11 Seven citizen groups address 194 land use change proposals with letter to the Frederick County Planning Commissioners

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Proposals for land use change in Frederick County

Friends of Frederick County has analyzed the 194 proposals available for public reading at:  Frederick County Government website, Community Development page. Here is a summary of our findings:   Municipality Number of proposals Agriculture/open space properties requesting reclassification and rezoning  (acres) Agriculture/ open space properties requesting reclassification and rezoning for residential development (acres) approximate # […]

09-02-2010 FNP Picking our pockets – to pay for PATH (letter to the editor)

In September one county board will consider whether the PATH project is consistent with the county’s comprehensive plan; another will consider a zoning exception to permit a substation near Mount Airy. This “Kemptown” substation will be the terminus of a 275-mile transmission line from a coal-burning plant in West Virginia.No PATH energy is for us; […]

31 Ways Citizens Can Help Our Economy in Frederick County


Municipal Growth Element Fact Sheet

County’s Role in the Development of “Municipal Growth Elements” Mandatory Adoption Every municipality in Maryland is required to adopt a “municipal growth element” as part of its comprehensive plan.  The initial deadline for meeting this requirement was October 1, 2009.  For good cause shown, the Maryland Department of Planning may grant up to two six […]

Mount Airy’s good decision on Rigler Property

Originally published November 15, 2009 I commend the Mount Airy Town Council’s vote against the annexation of the Rigler property. The council’s decision is even more significant in light of the recent report from the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education, where scholars found that in over a decade, smart growth has not […]

PATH meeting highlights gap between residents, Allegheny Power

The proposed Potomac Appalachian Transmission Highline generated more questions than answers for many of the 45 residents attending a meeting.