The recent final vote at the Frederick County Council on the plan was a mixed bag - passing the plan language but not the zoning overlay that would give the plan any regulatory teeth. This means the work is not yet done to get these critical protections in place even through advocates were successful in scuttling plans for "carve outs" that would have allowed intensive development on working farmland.
The Sugarloaf Alliance provides and update on the vote and outlines the work ahead here.
Much more background on the issue can be found here.
For our part, MCA will continue working collaboratively with our partners to the North to continue supporting critical protections for the Sugarloaf region. Stay Tuned.
Our Partners at Sugarloaf Alliance have let us know there is a meeting billed as a "Listening Session" at the Frederick County Planning Commission on January 18th that is not yet up on the County site.