Livable Frederick Steering Committee Announces ‘Convening Retreat’ (public welcome)

EDITED TO NOTE: From the county: “Due to impending snow emergency, the Friday January 22, 2016 Convening Retreat for the Livable Frederick Steering Committee will be postponed one week. The Convening Retreat is now rescheduled on Friday, January 29, 2016, 10:00a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Browning Building at Pinecliff Park, Frederick.”

It would be an understatement to say that the thorough and lengthy Frederick County planning process entitled “Livable Frederick” could have a significant and long term impact on our county.

In no small part that is due to ambitious goals and the broad and comprehensive nature of the effort. But, with another election in less than three years, and more still every four years after that, how enduring the implementation and effect will be will depend substantially on the understanding and support of many of the citizens and organizations and businesses that make up our evolving community.

Envision Frederick County will be following the process closely, and doing our best, in a variety of ways, to encourage and support community engagement in this important process.

For those who might be interested, please note that the public is welcome to attend and observe some or all of the “Convening Retreat” of the Livable Frederick steering committee on Friday, January 22nd.


From a Frederick County government press release on December 31, 2015:


Livable Frederick Steering Committee
Announces ‘Convening Retreat’

FREDERICK, MD — The steering committee for Frederick County’s dynamic long range planning process, Livable Frederick, will meet for the first time during an all-day session on Friday, January 22, 2016. Members of the public are invited to attend this “Convening Retreat.”

browingbuilding280wCounty Executive Jan Gardner initiated Livable Frederick in late October to update the County’s comprehensive plan. As part of her initiative, she established a steering committee of people from across the county who offer diverse perspectives. Business representative Jim Racheff chairs the 13-member group. They will work with citizens, businesses, community organizations, municipal governments and county staff to craft a new vision for Frederick over the next 25 years. The Convening Retreat will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Browning Building at Pinecliff Park, 8350 Pinecliff Park Road, Frederick.

More information about Livable Frederick can be found at Details about events, meetings, documents and updates also can be found on, Twitter @LivableFred, and

Or contact: David Whitaker
Chief of Comprehensive Planning

The Browning Building is located in Pinecliff Park, at:
8350 Pinecliff Park Road
Frederick, MD 21704

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Frederick County Press Release about Livable Frederick (October 29, 2015):
Executive Gardner Launches Dynamic Approach to Long-Range Planning Called “Livable Frederick”

Envision Frederick County
Livable Frederick: A New and Dynamic Approach to Comprehensive Planning
David Whitaker
November 2, 2015

Public Information Briefing with County Executive, Jan Gardner: Livable Frederick (VIDEO)


Livable Frederick on the web

Livable Frederick on Facebook

Livable Frederick on Twitter

Frederick County Planning and Permitting Division on the county website