Lake Linganore is the major drinking water source for Frederick City residents.
Based upon a preliminary assessment it is clear that there are highly erodible soils and steep slopes adjacent to the streams and water bodies in the Linganore at Eaglehead PUD. Clearing the land for development exacerbates sediment runoff into Lake Linganore and the little tributaries that feed it. Since Lake Linganore is already experiencing a significant sedimentation problem, allowing development on these soils will make a serious problem even worse.
Methodology for Identifying Highly Erodible Soils and Steep Slopes in the Lake Linganore at Eaglehead PUD
Soils based on National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) Soil Survey  within the Lake Linganore at Eaglehead PUD (as revised 5/17/13) identified as being highly erodible are presented.
The most thorough discussion of soil erodibility is in Baltimore County’s “A Methodology for Evaluating Steep Slopes and Erodible Soils Adjacent to Watercourses and Wetlands”. “The ‘High’, ‘Medium’, and ‘Low’ values were assigned to each Map Unit Symbol (MUSYM) in place of K factor values to aid users of this document in determining which soil erodibility scores to use. ‘High’ erodibility is determined based on the narrative ratings for various MUSYM’s. The Web Soil Survey contains a multitude of K factor values for each soil map unit. All of these values were taken into consideration when assigning the ‘High”, ‘Medium’, and ‘Low’ values in Appendix A” (Baltimore County). If the soil is not listed in the Baltimore County Appendix A, then a Kf or Kw factor of 0.32 or greater is considered highly erodible. Steep slopes were identified by overlaying the NRI/FSD prepared in September 2007 and tracing the slopes identified as greater than 15% (spot checked and revised using 10’ County contours). These areas are identified by legend symbol on the attached concept plan.
Governor Glendening described exactly what FoFC has been saying. The infrastructure needs for a community that is more dense and walkable is less. And that there is a disconnect between what will sell and what we are building in Frederick County. FoFC inserted the photos below (they are not part of the FNP article).
Glendening describes mismatch between housing supply, demand
By Bethany Rodgers News-Post Staff | Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2013 2:00 am
The American dream is changing, and community design must keep up with it, former Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening told a Frederick group Wednesday.
In a talk focused on smart growth, Glendening said an increasing number of people are eschewing large, single-family houses in the suburbs and instead settling in dense, walkable communities. However, there’s a growing disconnect between the types of housing people want and what’s available on the market, he said.
“Keeping our downtowns strong and keeping our communities economically vibrant in the long term will require a different approach to growth than we have been doing for the last 60 years,” he said during the event at Frederick City Hall.
Two population trends are driving changes in the types of housing people want. For one thing, the nation’s senior population is on the rise, and by the year 2030, almost one in five Americans will be older than 65, Glendening said. Increasingly, older Americans are less inclined to head to Florida or a nursing home upon retirement and are more interested in aging in place. Seniors are now looking for communities where they wouldn’t have to drive and where they’re near stores, activities and health care services.
A large millennial population, made up of people between the ages of 18 and 30, is also shaping the housing needs of the future, Glendening said. These people are starting families later and are driving less, he said. The millennial generation tends to like small-lot homes or attached dwellings that are close to their workplaces and served by transit systems.
In addition, rather than choosing their place of residence based on a job, an increasing number of these individuals are selecting the communities they like and then seeking employment in those areas. Read the story…
A June 7, 2013 email note from Richard Klein, Community and Environmental Defense Services
An October, 2011 Audit of the Severn River watershed revealed that hundreds of stormwater ponds and other practices had failed due to a lack of maintenance. The Audit then uncovered the cause – a 2001 decision by Anne Arundel County to severely cut-back stormwater staff from seven inspectors to one!
As a result of diminished inspections little maintenance has been performed and stormwater benefits steadily declined. In the Severn River watershed alone the stormwater failures have allowed 25,000 pounds of nutrients to needlessly enter the waterway each year. In fact, funding stormwater inspection programs is THE most cost-effective use of public dollars to minimize stormwater pollution releases into our waterways.
Since the 2011 Audit was released it has served to greatly expand public awareness of the importance of clean water law enforcement. Nothing illustrates this better than the recent announcement that the County will quadruple their stormwater inspection staff.
Watershed Audit Quickest, Cheapest Way To Improve Water Quality
Through the CEDS Watershed Audit all existing activities are evaluated for compliance with Clean Water laws. Due to many years of underfunded enforcement budgets, large volumes of pollution are entering our waterways from sources no longer in compliance with these laws. A typical watershed is about 70 square miles in size and can be audited by a few volunteers or staff in no more than a week. The Audit procedures are easy to learn and cost very little. For further detail on Watershed Audits visitceds.org/audit. To see if a compliance problem exists in your watershed call 1-800-773-4571 or simply reply to this message to schedule a no-cost initial Audit
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|Voting for a different approach to planning
Originally published March 31, 2013 in Frederick News Posthttp://www.fredericknewspost.com/sections/opinion/display_lte.htm?storyid=148832#.UVzP3qtAS9c
|While the city of Frederick’s small area planning effort achieves a positive force for local residents to share community goals and hopefully incorporate those objectives into a planning process generally dominated by private interests, they are but a stepping stone towards the kind of holistic planning efforts that make a city great and sustain its economic vitality and quality of life.
We like to talk a lot about building the future while we actually approve plans that either fit the past or stamp approval on a vision that is more dumb density than smart growth. While, like Josh Bokee, I admire the vision of residents in the small area plans of the Golden Mile and East Frederick Rising, these imagined benefits are far removed from their affects in the face of market realities.
And while they sleep soundly on opposite sides of town, the city engages in slash and burn quality of life by retail dominance on the north end of town. Clemson Corner offered better design with a tree-lined front to Md. 26, and they chose what I call the “great wall of Frederick.” Market Square juxtaposes three-story, narrow townhouses against parking for a strip mall. Both contribute to long-term traffic failures in the north end. The shifting focus around town also puts a drag on resources for both further private market investments on the sides of town, while also draining the municipality with infrastructure costs. Where is the balance? Where is the vision that benefits all?
What has occurred is we’ve weakened the standards for growth that fits alongside residential neighborhoods via zoning by devising this concept called mixed-use zoning. Mixed use is like scrambled eggs. You can’t tell one place apart from another, and it all ends up looking like a tangle of dense residential with retail and parking amenities.
Smart growth was supposed to be a tradeoff between density and green spaces, a sustainable community of walking and biking, not auto-centric stores and concrete alleys with next to no yard space.
I’d rather see us guide our development with design standards than a zoning that cans residents like sardines. The city long ago did some of its best planning vision with the East Street extension studies. The report justified community design standards with economic benefits.
Our current planning mainly counts up extra tax dollars, which then get thrown into projects like Carroll Creek and a downtown hotel, rather than quality of life improvements, like a Baker-type park on the east side. We seem to be on track to keep spending tax dollars to benefit bad development, rather than craft a place of real value and community vision.
You can bet I’ll be voting for something different.
writes from Frederick
The Frederick County Commissioners have approved or are discussing approval of over 7000 new dwellings, in many cases without appropriate plans for schools, roads, emergency services and other key infrastructure. We believe that our public officials should follow existing laws; in a growing number of cases that is not happening.
FoFC is currently challenging:
* Crum and Thatcher (Frederick City north)
* New Market Municipal Growth Element in Maryland Court of Special Appeals(read letter from FoFC)
* Frederick City Comprehensive Plan in Frederick County Circuit Court
* Landsdale (Monrovia) at the Board of Appeals
* Landsdale Storm Water Management Administrative Waiver at the Board of Appeals, March 28, 2013 7pm
* Jefferson Technology Park at the Board of Appeals
* Frederick County’s 2012 Comprehensive Rezoning in the Frederick County Circuit Court
If school overcrowding is your concern, it is with good reason. Read this published letter from one Monrovia citizen who gives us the facts.
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 list of objections to over-development in Frederick County.Or schools are now using trailers and our roads are overcrowded. At 0600 hours on commute any day I-270 is doing 30 mph or slower at Md. 109. If septic systems are bad for the bay, I would presume that they would be worse for the local water supply, which I believe is not that great anyway. All the water runoff, the overuse of a limited water supply, and schools that are overcrowded already is too much to handle. Why are we building subdivisions? Where will the trash from all this go? In the incinerator we cannot afford?It seems the commissioners do not have the interest of the residents at heart. I thought there was no money. Do not be fooled, all this development will not come near to generating the money necessary to support all this activity. Taxes have to go up — really up.