Frederick aldermen begin discussions on Crum and Keller properties,

Both properties could mean 2, 050 new homes on 555 acres of farmland
Gazette
Sherry Greenfield
07/17/2012
The mayor and the Frederick Board of Aldermen this week will begin reviewing plans that, if approved, could mean the construction of 2,050 homes on 555.43 acres of annexed farmland north of the city.

Annexation passes to mayor, aldermen with approval

Frederick News Post
Patti S. Borda
07/12/2012
There is no legal reason to keep 500 acres from being annexed by the city this year, Frederick planning commissioners concluded Wednesday.

City needs more details on Crum annexation

Frederick News Post
Patti S. Borda
05/15/2012
The Frederick city planning commissioners agreed unanimously Monday that they want more details about Crum Farm Land LLC's request to annex an additional 250 acres before they make a recommendation to the mayor and Board of Aldermen. The proposed annexation cannot change the 2009 terms of Crum Farm Land's 285-acre annexation of adjoining property, but it does open the door for new negotiations concerning the additional land, staff said. For the conservation group Friends of Frederick County, the original Crum annexation and its conditions do not adequately address the impact the annexation will have on schools and roads. The proposal, for 1,200 houses and 1.3 million square feet of nonresidential development, includes a 15-acre school site, a 22-acre park and improvements to Willowbrook Road.

Annexation facts

Frederick News Post
Janice Wiles
03/18/2012
In Sunday's (March 4) letter regarding the Crum and Thatcher annexations and development the author says, "I feel if built as advertised it should help traffic and give added tax base to both the city and the county." I don't know what advertising the author refers to, but wish to provide some facts to the story -- so that citizens know the truth about Frederick city's northern development that might not be as transparent as the advertising.

Frederick city annexation would not increase number of homes

Project would increase tax revenue, developers say
Gazette
Katherine Heerbrandt
02/03/2012
The developer of 285 acres of farmland in northern Frederick is seeking another 250 acres from the city, according to land use attorney Bruce Dean. However, the developer of Crumland Farm does not intend to increase the number of houses or commercial space it originally planned. In 2009, the city annexed 235 acres of the Crumland Farm property along U.S. Route 15, which is projected for as much as 1,200 homes and 1.3 million square feet of commercial space. Plans have not changed, but the additional acreage decreases the number of homes per acre from 9.2 to 4.5, and increases the percentage of open space from 26 percent to 30 percent. The new annexation request increases the number of single-family detached houses and townhomes and decreases the number of multi-family homes. The original plan called for 300 single-family homes, 150 townhomes, and 750 multi-family homes, while the combined annexation plan calls for 700 single-family homes, 300 townhomes and 200 multi-family homes.

Judge to revisit Frederick annexations

Frederick News Post
Patti S. Borda
11/23/2010
Frederick's 2009 annexation of 436 acres continues to play out in the courts since an injunction was filed earlier this year by Friends of Frederick County. Friends filed a motion for summary judgment on the grounds that two annexations under the last city administration failed to comply with state law. City Attorney Saundra Nickols said Monday she had not seen the latest motion, but the city would certainly not agree the annexation was illegal. In September 2009, the city voted to annex 285 acres of the Crum Farm at U.S. 15 and Willowdale Drive, and 110 acres bounded by Biggs Ford Road, the Monocacy River and U.S. 15 known as the Thatcher Farm. In each of those annexations, Friends of Frederick County's motion claims that the city failed to prepare an annexation plan, zoning limitations and charter amendments. "Failure to meet these requirements, or any one of these requirements, invalidates the annexation," the motion states.

Frederick County commissioners united against annexations

Gazette
Sherry Greenfield
10/09/2009
The Frederick County Commissioners have fought over illegal immigration, haggled over the incinerator and stood divided when it came to government spending. But for what could be the first time in recent history, the five-member board stands united on an issue that has erupted in the county — the City of Frederick's annexation of the Crumland and Thatcher farms, on U.S. Route 15. Regardless of political affiliation and partisan interests, the five stand together in their fight against the annexations.

Frederick city approves two annexation

One would allow retirement community to expand by 345 residents
Gazette
Connor Adams Sheets
12/21/08
Senior citizens on the wait list for a Frederick retirement community may be able to move in sooner than expected in light of a decision Thursday by the city's Board of Aldermen. That's when the board unanimously approved the annexation of 73 acres at the intersection of Willow Road and U.S. Route 15, allowing the community, Homewood at Crumland Farms, to expand by 345 units. The board also unanimously approved the annexation of 43 acres at the intersection of Md. Route 26 and Wormans Mill Road that would allow the construction of a Wegmans grocery and Lowe's hardware stores. They are the first annexations since Mayor W. Jeff Holtzinger (R) lifted on July 10 a nearly seven-year-long moratorium on extending city boundaries