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.

GOP hopefuls debate in forum

Frederick News Post
Clifford Cumber
In the closest thing to a real debate in this campaign season, Republican candidates took the stage Thursday in front of a GOP audience.Republicans are crowding the field leading up to the Sept. 12 primary; the forum, held by the Republican Women of greater Frederick, was a rare chance for GOP candidates to reach out to their base. The format allowed candidates to respond to points made by others, or expound on questions. Candidates for Frederick County State's Attorney had their moment, as did four GOP candidates for sheriff. One of the most contested GOP primaries is between 14 Republicans to be one of five who will go to the general election to compete for seats on the Frederick County Board of County Commissioners. Commissioner Mike Cady and former Commissioners President David Gray disagreed over the number of houses allowed by the present board of county commissioners through rezoning. Mr. Cady has been upbeat in his campaign, touting the achievements of his four years in office to counter what he said are the efforts of some candidates to frighten voters. "Don't be scared into voting for a no-growth, anti-business slate," he warned. Reiterating a point he's made several times, Mr. Cady said an average of 1,825 new homes a year had been built during his term, 20 percent less than the previous board, presided over by Mr. Gray. That fact defied the "pro-growth" label commonly attached to three of the sitting commissioners, Mr. Cady said.

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.