Revitalization Must Be Done to Curb Sprawl: take a look at the Portland Development Commission

To the Elected Officials of Frederick City and Frederick County: RE:  Frederick Comprehensive Growth Plan As you know, city growth can occur in two ways:  cities can focus their attention on revitalizing older urban settings and filling in where possible, or they can grow outward through urban sprawl that consumes precious farmland and open spaces. […]

Eighty Percent (80%) of City’s Growth to be Paid by County Taxpayers

The following cost analysis of Frederick City’s Municipal Growth Element was prepared by FoFC for the April 13, 2010 workshop with City and County officials.

FoFC Fears Tax Increase Necessary to Pay for Municipal Growth

Good Evening Frederick County Commissioners and Frederick City Mayor and Aldermen, Friends of Frederick County is here tonight because we represent citizen taxpayers concerned with: 1)   Our present challenges to provide adequate schools, roads and emergency support to our current residents and 2)    The tax increases we fear will be necessary to pay for facilities […]

No Evidence to Support “Growth Equals Economic Prosperity”

Testimony presented before the Frederick County Board of Commissioners and Frederick City Mayor and Aldermen, April 13th 7pm Winchester Hall In spite of what developers say, there is no empirical evidence to support that growth equals economic prosperity for our community. After all, many of Frederick’s fiscal challenges are a direct result of poorly planned and […]

Funding For Aging School Renovation Needed to Pay for Past Growth Infrastructure

Frederick County has built 22 schools in the past twenty years to attend to the rapid growth allowed in Frederick County.  FCPS operates 66 schools, of these 40 are in whole or in part 25 years old.  Some are much older.  Lincoln Elementary School is 88 years old and Frederick High School is 71 years […]

Balancing city growth with county-funded roads, schools, water, sewer and emergency services

The Municipal Growth Element is one mechanism to help both counties and their municipalities plan for future growth – together. Read the facts about the process. 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 […]

Have you signed?

Residents of Frederick and Frederick County are out in droves collecting signatures to take the Thatcher, Crum and Summers Farm annexation agreements to referendum so that city residents can have the final say. Maryland State Highway Administration, Maryland Department of Planning and the Board of Frederick County Commissioners have advised against these agreements that will […]

CItizen addresses Alderman Smith’s justification for Frederick City annexations

Thanks for getting back to me, Alderman Smith. I don’t mind disagreement; discussion works fine for me! >>>>The argument that building roads causes more traffic problems is a generalization that should never be used as a standard to determine when and where new roads are built.<<<< If you can show me an example of a […]

Citizen response to Alderman Smith’s views on annexation proposals

Thanks for getting back to me, Alderman Smith. I don’t mind disagreement; discussion works fine for me! >>>>The argument that building roads causes more traffic problems is a generalization that should never be used as a standard to determine when and where new roads are built.<<<< If you can show me an example of a […]

Citizen letter in opposition to Thatcher, Crum and Summers annexation proposals

To Mayor Holtzinger and Aldermen Imhoff, Kuzemchak, Koontz, Hall and Smith: I am a city resident strongly opposed to the Thatcher, Crum and Summers annexation proposals. A better model for development is to sustain and infill existing neighborhoods, striving to keep homes a walkable distance from work, shopping and recreation. This saves the taxpayer economically, environmentally, and in […]