Who is going to pay for ALL this new growth?! And how?! (Public hearing Tuesday evening!)

FINALLY the public hearing on legislation to adjust the inadequate Mitigation Fees ("School Construction Fees") is on the agenda after being hijacked and put on hold for a while by the … [Read more...]

County Executive Jan Gardner on proposed MXD bill (public hearing Tuesday)

On Tuesday evening (January 16th), there will be a public hearing about an ill-advised and controversial bill that would add large Warehouse Distribution Centers to what is allowed in the county's Mixed Use Development … [Read more...]

Smarter Growth Alliance of Frederick County: Letter of opposition to MXD bill

Please read this letter from the Smarter Growth Alliance of Frederick County, expressing strong opposition to Council President Bud Otis' bill (Bill No. 17-21) to "amend the Zoning Ordinance to specify … [Read more...]

Smarter Growth Alliance of Frederick County: Letter of support for County Executive’s proposed amendments to the Forest Resource Ordinance

Please read this letter from the Smarter Growth Alliance of Frederick County, expressing strong support for County Executive Jan Gardner’s proposed amendments (Bill 17-17) to the county's Forest … [Read more...]

Tell the Frederick County Council: Fix the Forest Resource Ordinance!

Trees are critical for clean water. And currently, under Frederick County law, developers can clear dozens of acres of forest on a site without re-planting a single tree. As a result, over the past five … [Read more...]

Support the bill to Prevent Zoning Amendments immediately before and after elections

There is an important public hearing this Tuesday evening (May 2, at 7:00pm) for County Executive Jan Gardner's proposed legislation to prohibit zoning amendments six months before and three months after Frederick County … [Read more...]

Rural quality of life jeopardized by proposed event venue legislation

If you live in the vicinity of an agricultural parcel of land, your quality of life is in jeopardy. Legislation before the County Council would allow someone to use a parcel as small as 25 acres for an event venue. The … [Read more...]

Making the proposed event venues bill better for neighbors and the county

What we have before the County Council now is a Limited Private Event Venue in the Agriculture Zone: Bill No. 17-05, brought forward by Council Member Tony Chmelik on Feb. 21. This bill raises a number of questions in my … [Read more...]