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 […]

Residents Against Landsdale Expansion R.A.L.E. – Monrovia

Citizens are concerned.  1100 new homes, without warning, without discussion.  One meeting called by the Monrovia Citizens Association (a group no one has heard about) was held 8 miles from Monrovia at Holly Hills Country Club. Today residents discovered that 1500 more homes are being quickly sent through without due process for the Monrovia Town […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Citizen concerned with Landsdale development precedent

  Bad precedent Originally published October 05, 2012 Recently, the Board of County Commissioners, by a predictable 4-1 vote, approved master plan changes to add over 1,100 houses to the rural Monrovia landscape. It is very unsettling to envision what a project of this scale will do to the area in terms of traffic, schools […]

Gazette: The costs of doing nothing to clean up the bay

The costs of doing nothing to clean up the bay Published: Thursday, October 4, 2012 Katherine Heerbrandt, staff writer Frederick County has led the way in identifying the costs of cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay, but advocates say the cost of doing nothing may be much more daunting than the pricetag for reducing pollution in […]

Landsdale PUD Phase I documents

3:23:12 PART I Linowes PUD APPLICATION 3:23:12 PART II Linowes PUD APPLICATION (traffic study) 7:31:12 Staff Rpt Lansdale DRRA: PUD Phase 1 8:22:12 PC Publ Hearing                     8:21:12 McClurkin Ltr Landsdale App 8:21:2012 Landsdale PUD Phase I Deficiencies 9:18:12 Mahar Testimony LANDSDALE Traffic 9:18 Mahar Testimony […]

FNP: citizen questions city permitting the Tough Mudder, and links bad planning to votes of current elected officials

 Put blame in the right place (Frederick News Post, Sept 23, 2012) The traffic snarl and resident complaints regarding the Tough Mudder race held at Crumland Farms last weekend are not the story of an organizer who misled anyone. It is the story of incompetency among Frederick city and Frederick County officials. On Sept. 5, an […]

9/6/12 Final Public Hearing on Keller Farm Development

Thursday, September 6, 2012 7:00pm City Hall Mayor McClement and the Board of Aldermen (O’Connor, Russell, Young, Krimm and Aloi) will meet to hear citizens speak about the Keller Farm Annexation and development. Read more about the annexation proposal. Read citizen opposition. Agenda for Public Meeting, including the staff report