2/8/13 FoFC opposes Del Clagett’s bill that stifles taxpayer voice about development projects

Published: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 Frederick lawmaker’s bill would limit challenges to developer pacts by Sherry Greenfield Staff writer A state delegate wants to make it more difficult to undo binding agreements between developers and the Frederick Board of County Commissioners to build hundreds of new homes and businesses…. …“Should Del. Clagett characterize his bill as […]

2/7/13 Citizen concerned with over-development in Frederick County, water pollution, crowded schools, trash and tax increases

 Already in trouble Originally published February 07, 2013 in the Frederick News Post I am dismayed to see that the Maryland Department of Planning reports that our county is allowing septic systems that will have an adverse effect on the Chesapeake Bay. The objection is land consumption and water pollution. So let’s look at the […]

Gazette editorial: Pay now, or pay later for Frederick County development

Gazette editorial published on Thursday, January 24, 2013 Pay now, or pay later for Frederick County development The scene is a familiar one in Maryland: a “bedroom” county with lots of available open space attracts developers who see dollar signs, while elected officials see an easy way to expand the tax base and pay for […]

FNP: Monrovia Town Center protesters gather downtown

Monrovia Town Center protesters gather downtown Plan would put 1,510 houses, commercial development on hundreds of acres east of Ed McClain Road Originally published January 17, 2013By Patti S. Borda  Photo by Adam Fried Pam Abramson, co-founder of Residents Against Landsale Expansion, holds a sign Wednesday in downtown Frederick opposing a proposed Monrovia Town Center. ON […]

FCPS says no school construction planned to handle Smith/Cline annexation kids

New Market has proposed annexing the Smith/Cline property for 925 new residences, which at full buildout would yield approximately 248 elementary  116 middle school and 181 high school students. In a (1/7/13) letter from FCPS Facilities Director, Ray Barnes (page 1 and  page 2), FCPS Facilities Director “FCPS staff has reviewed the Board of County Commissioners […]

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 […]

EIP report: Frederick County discharges 111,158 pounds of nitrogen/year over permitted level

Last week the Environmental Integrity Project released its report The Clean Water Act and the Chesapeake: Enforcement’s Critical Role in Restoring the Bay (December 2012)  Appendix A in that report shows the Ballenger McKinney Waste Water Treatment Plant discharging  111,158 pounds of nitrogen each year over the permitted level.  It is the worst offender in the entire […]

Editorial on FoFC’s Healthy Streams Frederick County “adopt a grid”

Adopt a grid and participate! Friends of Frederick County institutes Stream Monitoring Project Originally published November 20, 2012By ed  Friends of Frederick County has instituted a Stream Monitoring Project that combines high-tech satellite mapping with boots on the ground.Those boots will be worn by individuals or groups who “adopt” a 5-by-5-mile square of land, of which […]

FNP: County pushes back on water cleanup regulations

County pushes back on water cleanup regulations Commissioners approve $25,000 payment to support coalition led by Dorchester County Originally published November 09, 2012 By Bethany Rodgers  Frederick County is putting $25,000 toward a mounting protest against water cleanup plans that county commissioners argue could burden local taxpayers.A coalition drawn together by Dorchester County officials is forming […]

New Market annexation proposals would nearly double size of town

Originally published October 11, 2012 By Danielle E. Gaines  NEW MARKET — Town leaders introduced two annexation proposals Wednesday night that could expand the town by more than 397 acres.The owners of a 134-acre plot northeast of town want to annex into the town’s new economic development flex zoning designation. The zoning classification, which became law […]