Challenging county growth decisions soon to cost $1,200

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Source: Frederick News Post
Author: Bethany Rodgers
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Date Published: 06/06/2013

Local residents now will have to put up $1,200 if they want to charge Frederick County commissioners or the planning commission with erring on development decisions. Commissioners last week established the fee in what officials said is an attempt to offset the cost of dealing with these grievances. But some say the change is an attempt to suppress the public’s concerns about county growth planning. “The vote is yet another roadblock to the democratic process,” Janice Wiles, director of Friends of Frederick County, wrote in an email. “This $1,200 fee is so high that almost no one could afford to appeal.”