Land Use Cage Match: Are You Ready for This?
The fight rages on as the Frederick Board of County Commissioners press forward with the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Review.
The county’s Planning and Zoning Commission chose last November to essentially blow off the request by the commissioners to – in essence – reopen the 2010 Comprehensive Plan adopted by the previous group of county commissioners, lead by Jan Gardner, who served as president.
In the name of controlling sprawl and runaway growth, the Gardner board drastically hacked down the zoning on nearly 500 parcels of residential land and commercial real estate throughout the county. In an effort to come up with a minimal means of meeting the state mandated 36,000 new housing units by 2030, that board seemed to have used the same "Fuzzy Math" formula developed during the 2000 U.S. Presidential campaign.
In several posts on the MacRo Report Blog and TheTentacle.com, I have writer has attempted to show how no-growth mathematics will eventually place Frederick County in a situation where there will be a serious shortage of single family building lots. This may be hard to believe given the current economic state of the nation, but nevertheless, it is true.
More recently, much has been said and written about what appears to be political grandstanding by planning commission members Bob White and Catherine Forrence as they claim that the Blaine Young-lead Board of County Commissioners had no authority to request that the 2010 Comprehensive Plan be reopened for a complete Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Review.
After a couple of meetings, it became clear that a good bit of pregame choreography went into their final meeting of November 17, 2011 on the matter, with an approved motion that the Planning Commission "Cease and Desist" all further effort on the county commissioner’s request.
Unshaken, Commissioner Blaine Young has pressed on with the public hearings where the 193 rejected applicants for rezoning consideration are being given a chance to plead their cases for reinstatement and other zoning changes.
Stirred up by all this madness, former Frederick resident and Jack-of-All-Trades (you name it he can do it, and/or knows everything about it) Adam Avery jumped on the opportunity to host a "Talk Radio Cage Match" of opposing views on this issue featuring yours truly and Mr. White himself.
No doubt this will be gripping listening! Punches may fly and decibels may rise.
Who will prevail in defending his position?
Find time to listen, and call in on Thursday to express your opinions at 301-694-9363!
Rocky Mackintosh is the owner of a land and commercial real estate firm based in Frederick. He is also the editor of the MacRo Report Blog.