Reactions mixed on revised plan for growth

Sherry Greenfield
No issue has elicited as much controversy in Frederick County in recent years as the New Market Region Plan. The Frederick County Division of Planning unveiled a revised plan for the first time to residents and property owners at an open house June 21 at Oakdale Middle School in Ijamsville. Due to the new plan, 12,200 homes that were slated for the New Market area have been reduced to 5,400, said Tim Goodfellow, project planner with the planning division. The reduction has left some unhappy property owners who were hoping to make a profit off their land.

Waste-to-energy on agenda

Frederick News Post
Liam Farrell
The day trash from Frederick County residents powers their houses is still years away, but county commissioners are investigating that possibility. The board unanimously passed a resolution Thursday to begin formulating a strategy on creating a facility that would generate power from recycling solid waste. The resolution was a formal declaration of the county's interest in pursuing a waste-to-energy option. "It's a little bit different than what we've looked at before," Commissioner Jan Gardner said. "It is, I believe, kind of the ultimate in recycling." Commissioner John Lovell Jr. has a similar opinion about turning waste into energy. "It's certainly what I consider to be the long-term solution we've been looking for," he said. R.W. Beck and Associates completed a study of Frederick's potential for such a facility in October 2005. According to that study, which considered the planning period from 2011- 2031, building its own waste-to-energy facility could be as cost-effective for the county as shipping waste to a regional facility. Now that the county has acknowledged formal interest, it will be able to consider serious proposals from waste to energy providers.

County races mostly funded by developers

Frederick News Post
Sean Barry
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.