Watch the youtube: Plan for the Valleys, Baltimore County, receives national planning award

Citizen files ethics complaint against Commissioners DeLauter, Young, Shreve and Smith

In October 2012 a complaint was submitted to the Frederick County, Maryland Ethics Commission charging Kirby Delauter with Conflict of Interest and charging Blaine Young, C. Paul Smith, Kirby Delauter, and Billy Shreve with intentional mis-use of prestige of office and public position for the private gain of another. Read the entire complaint here. Some of […]

Calling all eco-artists, deadline Friday March 23rd!

ART CONTEST FLYER 2012 apr 7 All entries must be received by Friday, March 23rd!  

Sustainable growth policies for rural areas: making communities attractive for investment

Maryland Department of Planning’s Sustainable Growth Commission is studying ways to make smart growth development more economically attractive to the developers. Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission: how can we encourage infill? How do we persuade more people and businesses to choose existing communities when they choose where they will live, work and invest? Can we encourage […]

12-2011 Frederick City Begins Comprehensive Rezoning Process

Frederick City Begins Comprehensive Rezoning Process (to view entire map click on it) Frederick City’s Planning Department is accepting letters requesting zoning changes from property owners until Friday, January 27, 2012. The city will only accept requests for a zoning classification when the zoning change would be consistent with the land use designation as shown […]

(NYT Opinion Page)The Death of the Fringe Suburb

November 25, 2011 The Death of the Fringe Suburb Read it online.By CHRISTOPHER B. LEINBERGER Washington DRIVE through any number of outer-ring suburbs in America, and you’ll see boarded-up and vacant strip malls, surrounded by vast seas of empty parking spaces. These forlorn monuments to the real estate crash are not going to come back […]

October 2011 rezoning fact/q and a sheet: see what could happen near your home


Current Growth Policies versus Smart Growth Scenarios: comparison of costs and environmental implications

  Data table from PlanMaryland (page 2-27).                  

Public Comment on PlanMaryland due by November 9, 2011

Revised Draft Plan – September 2011 After reviewing 120 days of public comment on its initial draft of PlanMaryland the Maryland Department of Planning on September 9, 2011 released a revised draft. MDP is requesting public comment on the revised draft through November 9, 2011 before it prepares a plan to submit to Governor Martin […]

FNP: Commissioners ease Frederick County road improvement requirements

  Commissioners ease Frederick County road improvement requirements Originally published September 07, 2011  By Bethany Rodgers Frederick County commissioners Tuesday evening voted to ease portions of a law requiring builders to shoulder some financial burden for the increased traffic flow their developments would bring to area roads.Commissioners President Blaine Young said the changes would help […]