Frederick County officials advance Jefferson tech park housing plan

Frederick News Post
Bethany Rodgers
08/15/2013
Developers of an 825-home project southwest of Frederick aim to give future residents space to park, store their stuff and plant a garden, but it hasn’t been a simple task. At a Wednesday meeting, county officials talked about whether designs for the Jefferson Technology Park would produce a comfortable community or whether it would create problems. The preliminary subdivision and site development plan ended up passing muster with the Frederick County Planning Commission by a vote of 6 to 1. While much of the planned technology park is devoted to office and commercial space, the roughly 60-acre residential section will include 223 townhouses, 374 condos and 228 apartments. County officials heard that the technology park’s dense layout presented some challenges for planners, like making sure there’s enough room for cars. By Frederick County zoning law, the community must include at least 2,025 on-site parking spaces. The developer’s plan provides 1,243 spaces in driveways, garages and parking lots, 116 shared spaces and another 1,045 spots along the street, for a total of 2,404 spaces.

Global Mission Church survives appeal; more legal challenges predicted

Frederick News Post
Patti S. Borda
03/01/2013
The Sugarloaf Citizens Association Inc. and others tried unsuccessfully Thursday to block Global Mission Church's site plan for an 800-seat house of worship. The Frederick County Board of Appeals voted 4-1 to deny hearing the appeal filed by attorney Michele Rosenfeld on behalf of clients near the church site. She intended to make a case that the wrong zoning ordinance and faulty health department calculations were considered in November when the Frederick County Planning Commission approved the site plan for 78 acres at 25700 Old Hundred Road. After nearly two hours of discussion, a majority of the board of appeals concluded that it would not hear the appeal because it has no jurisdiction over septic decisions, which fall under state health department authority, and that Rosenfeld cited zoning law that did not apply to the case.

Commissioners OK tech park plan

Property owners to get special taxes
Frederick News Post
Bethany Rodgers
07/20/2012
A major development project could be headed for an October groundbreaking after a jump-start from Frederick County officials. Four commissioners Thursday voted to approve a plan to sell up to $40 million of county-issued bonds to fund road improvements and off-site sewer construction for the Jefferson Technology Park. Property owners in the development will pay off the bonds, with its new residents shouldering hundreds of dollars per year in special taxes. Owners of commercial properties could pay even more. The two resolutions and ordinance solidifying the financial arrangement represent a creative way to stimulate a stalled project and draw major employers to the area, Commissioners President Blaine Young said.

Officials consider deal on tech park

Commissioners, developers advance proposals for long-debated interchange
Frederick News Post
Bethany Rodgers
07/03/2012
A potential pact between commissioners and builders of a 173-acre technology park could make the county owners of its first state highway overpass. In recent years, disagreements between developers and local officials have hampered progress on the Jefferson Technology Park, located at the intersections of I-70, Md. 180 and U.S. 15. But now local officials are mulling an agreement that could put to rest a $30 million lawsuit with the tech park builders and revive a project that a county consultant estimates could bring more than 7,000 jobs to the area.