Smarter Growth Alliance of Frederick County: Letter supporting proposed amendments to Council Bill 17-17

Below is a letter from the Smarter Growth Alliance of Frederick County, expressing support for the most recently proposed amendments to Council Bill 17-17 (revisions to the County Forest Resource … [Read more...]

Welcoming the Climate Change Working Group of Frederick County to our website!

Envision Frederick County is very pleased to host a section of our website for use by the Climate Change Working Group of Frederick County! Working with Karen Russell, the founder and coordinator … [Read more...]

Twelve steps of sprawl recovery

In communities across America sprawl is giving way to more diverse places. Here are a dozen keys to that trend. The storm clouds of sprawl addiction had been gathering for years, but it took the … [Read more...]

You care about the subdivision regulations, you just don’t know it (yet)

Everybody’s heard of the zoning code. Sooner or later, a developer will submit an application to rezone land near your home or business, and everyone snaps to attention. Neighborhood advocates awaken from hibernation. … [Read more...]

Suburban Remix: A New Generation of Walkable Development

In 2001, a new book came out with my name (and those of two colleagues) on the cover. It was a book of case studies of smart-growth alternatives to suburban sprawl, divided into three categories: urban development, … [Read more...]

They paved paradise, put up a parking lot

The asphalt-industrial complex—otherwise known as Big Asphalt—took control of our cities and towns. Here's how we can take it back. In America we have 2.5 million miles of paved roads, and an … [Read more...]

GREEN DRINKS! This month: Social hour, then “Regenerative Agriculture”

With a very enjoyable, engaging and well-attended event on January 17th, Green Drinks was relaunched in Frederick! Please join us! Green Drinks is scheduled for the 3rd Wednesday of each month, … [Read more...]

Envisioning Frederick through the eyes of climate change

Climate Change is such a paradigm shifting phenomenon that, as an individual, I find it hard to imagine what I could do to have a meaningful impact. I don’t have an electric car, but I do minimize my vehicle use by … [Read more...]