News Archive

Envision Frederick County is compiling an archive of news articles, editorials, columns and letters to the editor, from a range of local and regional publications.  The archive will grow to include more than 2,000 entries, from the last decade or so. If you want to search the archives using a combination of tags, you can type multiple tags into the "Search this site" box to the right. If you find a bad link, please let us know, and keep in mind that you can search for the item by using the headline on the site of the publication. PLEASE NOTE: Click on the headlines below to open the individual items in a new window.

Alternative to impact fee considered

Frederick News Post
Clifford Cumber
11/11/2005
Thursday’s snowy morning may end up a boon to affordable housing throughout the state and end a conflict over how to help low-income workers afford to live in Frederick County. If 5 or 6 inches of snow hadn’t hit the region, local Realtor Billy Shreve might not have sat down and drafted his alternative to Commissioner Jan Gardner’s proposal to change the county’s impact fee to an impact tax, he said Saturday. Ms. Gardner’s proposal would allow the county to create waivers for cheaper housing and a sliding scale in which larger homes would be charged a greater tax than smaller homes, based on a square-foot assessment. Mr. Shreve’s proposal would allow Maryland’s 23 counties to draft ordinances that would allow waivers for impact fees on a case-by-case basis. Affordable-housing advocates would go before county-appointed boards to seek a special waiver for their projects, Mr. Shreve said.

County races mostly funded by developers

Frederick News Post
Sean Barry
10/30/2002
Companies involved in land development, along with their owners and employees, have poured more money into the Frederick County Commissioners election contest than all other contributors combined, according to a review of the final pre-election campaign finance reports. The real estate and building industries, generally unhappy with the two incumbents who are running for re-election, have supplied about $40,000 for a group endorsing several challengers and largely bankrolled some individual campaigns as well, the reports show.

Governor: State won't fund sprawl

Frederick News Post
Julia Robb
12/07/1998
Local government is free to make its own decisions, but state government will not pay for the developmental sprawl it allows, Gov. Parris Glendening warned Saturday in a speech at Hood College. State government means to invest in existing communities, Mr. Glendening said at the Monocacy Watershed Conference, sponsored by Hood College and Community Commons, a local environmental group. Local governments that allow development beyond their present boundaries will be forced to pay for the development’s infrastructure themselves, he said. But he said local governments that prevent sprawl will be given tax credits, low interest loans and other incentives.

Governor: State won’t fund sprawl

Frederick News Post
Julia Robb
12/07/1998
Local government is free to make its own decisions, but state government will not pay for the developmental sprawl it allows, Gov. Parris Glendening warned Saturday in a speech at Hood College. State government means to invest in existing communities, Mr. Glendening said at the Monocacy Watershed Conference, sponsored by Hood College and Community Commons, a local environmental group. Local governments that allow development beyond their present boundaries will be forced to pay for the development’s infrastructure themselves, he said. But he said local governments that prevent sprawl will be given tax credits, low interest loans and other incentives.