State planners warn Frederick County rezonings could promote urban sprawl

Subtitle: Agency argues development of 14,000 acres could cause sprawl, questions commission’s move
Source: Gazette
Author: Sherry Greenfield
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Date Published: 11/21/2011

A state agency that combats urban sprawl is advising Frederick County not to give 193 property owners permission to build homes and businesses on 14,000 acres of farmland. The Maryland Department of Planning sent a letter to the county’s Division of Planning questioning why, after the previous board of county commissioners adopted a growth plan in 2010, the current board is proposing to make changes. The state agency warns that the rezoning of 193 properties could lead to urban sprawl, strains on county services and inefficient land use of land. “It is unclear to MDP (Maryland Department of Planning) what conditions have changed in Frederick County over the past year-and-a-half to warrant proposing such a dramatic shift in policy in the comprehensive plan,” states Peter Conrad, the director of the department’s local government assistance, in the seven-page letter dated Nov. 16.