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 […]

1/18/13 FNP editorial on New Market process: Skirting open meetings

Skirting open meetings Originally published January 18, 2013 By ed We’re glad New Market’s attorney, William Wantz, put the brakes Wednesday night on two massive annexations, but not because we support or oppose them — that’s a matter for the town to decide.What concerns us are some of the maneuvers by town leaders that make it […]

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 […]

Residents against Landsdale expansion UNITE!

A coalition of residents of Monrovia, Maryland are working together to keep the nature of their community small and rural, in keeping with the Comprehensive Plan for Frederick County .  They have formed a facebook page called Residents against Landsdale Expansion Monrovia, please post something of interest, sign their petition (go to the bottom of […]

1/7/13 New Market on fast track to double size of town

Monday, January 7th at 7pm, New Market held a public hearing, over 50 people turned out to learn more about the annexation plans.  The mayor and council made no presentation for the crowd, and told people to submit their questions in writing.  Read about the hearing in the Frederick Newspost:   Dozens turn out for New […]

Lancaster Mayor speaks out: County leaders are using the Susquehanna issue to divert attention from their responsibility to protect the Chesapeake

The Young Board of County Commissioners gave $25K of taxpayer money to support the Funk and Bolton lawsuit, a suit that essentially says the pollution in the Chesapeake Bay is the fault of the Conowingo Dam, and not our problem to fix at all! Conowingo Dam is not the problem County leaders are using the […]

FNP article: adopt a grid and, using a smart phone, help clean our streams in Frederick County

Lear how to adopt a grid, volunteer a few hours to help save a stream Friends of Frederick County begin stream adoption program Originally published November 19, 2012 By Patti S. Borda  ONLINEwww.friendsoffrederickcounty.org Smartphones, shoe-leather investigation and satellites can all contribute to cleaning up polluted streams and creeks.In its new stream-adoption program, the Friends of Frederick […]

FNP letter: Handouts to the elite development set

Handouts to the elite development set Originally published November 11, 2012 County Commissioners President Blaine Young often says that Frederick County is not business-friendly and that the county has been anti-development. The problem with Blaine’s views is that the facts do not accommodate his empty arguments.From 2000 to 2010, Frederick County grew at a rate […]