Livable Frederick: What’s Next?
The Livable Frederick Master Plan, adopted by the county in 2019, lays out a vision for what we hope Frederick County will look like in the decades ahead, and also offers plans for how to achieve that vision. Part of the implementation process is a review of areas within the county and the development of plans for those specific areas. The Sugarloaf Area Plan was the first area to be examined and planned, and The South Frederick Corridors Plan is the second.
The Sugarloaf Monocacy Treasured Landscape Management Plan
Since Fall 2021 Frederick County has watched as the Planning Commission has debated the proposals of the proposed plan for the Sugarloaf Region.
Smart growth and environmental preservation advocates should be pleased that:
- A conservation overlay zone has been proposed for the entire plan region. The overlay does not change the existing zoning designations, but overlays them, and specifies uses that will not “burden the transportation network and adversely impact natural resources, or overwhelm the rural nature of the planning area.”
- The Natural Resource land use designation and Resource Conservation zoning is applied to significant and sensitive environmental features (i.e., steeply sloped, forested stream valleys)
- The Stronghold lands would change from being called Public Parkland/Open Space
As of this writing (February 2022) the Planning Commission continues its review, and during that process, reinstated on the zoning map an area that was debated by the Sugarloaf Stakeholders Advisory Group just to the west of I-270 up to the Monocacy River (bordering on the Monocacy Battlefield). Our partners at the Sugarloaf Alliance and Smarter Growth Alliance for Frederick County were instrumental in advocacy for the reinstatement of this parcel, whose removal we also opposed.