Global Mission Church survives appeal; more legal challenges predicted

Frederick News Post
Patti S. Borda
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.

Md. reports on county growth law compliance

The Daily Record
Associated Press
Land development maps adopted by Frederick and Cecil counties have “largely ignored” a state law designed to limit septic system growth to fight pollution, according to a state report. But the law does not allow the state to mandate changes to the plans. The Maryland Department of Planning said in the report, released Friday, that the two counties have failed to designate much land that wouldn’t allow major residential subdivisions that rely on septic systems. “This approach essentially neutralizes the impact of the law,” the report concluded. “This will allow many more major subdivisions on septic and result in significant land consumption and water pollution impacts.” The law passed last year by the General Assembly creates a four-tiered system limiting where residential subdivisions on septic systems can be built. Officials in Frederick and Cecil counties have decried the law as overreaching.

Maryland delays growth pollution rules

Regulators need more time to set "offsets" for new development
Baltimore Sun
Tim Wheeler
State rules requiring "offsets" for water pollution from new development have been delayed until next year, Maryland's top environmental regulator told lawmakers Wednesday. Although the regulations originally had been set for issuance by next month, Environment Secretary Robert M. Summers told members of House and Senate environment committees that there are "more details to be sorted out," mainly over a plan to let developers buy pollution "credits" elsewhere or pay a fee to the state for the costs of offsetting their projects' water-quality impacts. The growth-offset regulations are required under the Chesapeake Bay "pollution diet" that the Environmental Protection Agency has imposed on Maryland and the five other states in the bay watershed. A new state lawaimed at limiting development on septic systems also mandates pollution offsets for any large housing subdivision that would not be connected to a sewer system. Summers explained that offsets are needed to ensure that population growth and development don't undermine the states' efforts to reduce nutrient and sediment pollution fouling the bay.

New pollution rules would restrict rural development in Washington Co.

Hagerstown Herald Mail
Andrew Schotz
The Washington County Board of Commissioners is trying to figure out how and if the county should participate in a new state law on septic systems. The Sustainable Growth and Agricultural Preservation Act of 2012 was passed to try to keep pollution from the Chesapeake Bay through tighter land controls. The centerpiece is a four-tier system with different restrictions on sewer and septic use depending on the land.

Bulldozer Blaine Young

The Frederick Citizen
Jack Lynch
here he goes again! Fresh off the deregulation of builder’s codes and requirements across the board, and after launching a proposal to gut county employees with a ham handed privatization scheme, our good old boy “Bulldozer” Blaine Young has released his latest diatribe aimed at the heart of Bay cleanup plans from the state. First, a bit of background on septic growth from the Maryland Department of Planning (MDP): “Maryland has about 430,000 septic systems on developed parcels; 420,000 of them are on residential parcels.

New county plan aims to preserve rural character of Braddock Heights

Frederick News Post
Karen Gardner
The rural reaches of Braddock Heights would stay that way under a new comprehensive plan being considered by the Frederick County Commissioners. Areas that were targeted for growth under the comprehensive plan passed in 1998 will be scaled back to a designation that will not allow new houses in many areas. If the plan is approved, some people who hoped to sell a portion of their land might not be able to do so. The plan aims to preserve what makes the area desirable, according to Tim Goodfellow, a county planner who worked on the Braddock Heights plan. The county commissioners support the proposed Braddock Heights changes.