Draft Sugarloaf Area Plan Available for Public Comment

The Livable Frederick Planning and Design Office recently announced that the Sugarloaf Treasured Landscape Management Plan First Draft is available for public review. The Plan seeks to preserve rural character and scenic features, protect environmental resources, and improve landscape quality in the Sugarloaf Mountain area. This area plan is an aspect of the County’s Livable Frederick Master Plan,Continue reading “Draft Sugarloaf Area Plan Available for Public Comment”

Frederick County Must Address Climate Emergency

The Smarter Growth Alliance for Frederick County supports the proposed Climate Emergency Resolution. Frederick County is already experiencing impacts related to the changing climate, including more frequent flood events that increase County expenditures on infrastructure repairs and emergency services. Additionally, our farming community is doubly impacted from too much water at some times and tooContinue reading “Frederick County Must Address Climate Emergency”

Repeal the ARTO

Sign our petition asking the County Council to repeal the Agricultural Rights Transfer Ordinance (ARTO), which permits the transfer of residential development rights from one agriculturally zoned property to only another agriculturally zoned property. The ARTO was approved by the outgoing Board of County Commissioners on November 18, 2014 and has been in effect sinceContinue reading “Repeal the ARTO”

Better Protection for Stream Buffers

Thanks to the County Council for passing Bill No. 15-12, Modifying Permitted Uses in Waterbody Buffers. Sponsored by Council Member Jerry Donald, the bill prohibits impervious surfaces, open shelters, and pole structures in waterbody buffers, and stipulates requirements that must be met for trails, roads, and utilities to be located in buffers. Better protection ofContinue reading “Better Protection for Stream Buffers”