The Planning Commission has just voted that for purpose of discussion, the eastern boundary of the Sugarloaf Plan Overlay will be restored to the earlier boundary, i.e., running along the I-270 right-of-way - bringing the 500 acres carved out in the draft plan back under the protections being discussed for the Sugarloaf region. The Commission went further to say that any future cutout must be discussed openly.
The Frederick County Planning Commission has taken an encouraging step to restore confidence and ensure transparency going forward. Sugarloaf and the surrounding farms and open space are acutely important to the whole region and a legacy protection plan must represent that fact - offering strong protections in a transparent process.
Take 2 minutes to say thank you to the Planning Commission and encourage strong protections for the Sugarloaf region.
As you can see above - the 500 acre carve out is west of 270 - the highway has historically the defining eastern border of the Sugarloaf planning zone just as the Monocacy River difines the zone to the west.
More Background here from Kai Hagen, former County Commissioner in a piece titled "Hold the Line"
Op-Ed- Development Trumps Preservation in Sugarloaf Plan