The plan deals with issues like residents’ quality of life, employment, historic preservation, transportation, and cultural concerns
Frederick, Md. (DG) – Some Frederick County residents testified at a public hearing Tuesday night about Livable Frederick.
Livable Frederick was put together following meetings and input from the public on how they want to see their county develop over the next couple of years. The plan deals with issues such as residents’ quality of life, employment, historic preservation, transportation, and cultural concerns.
Linda Norris Walt, Co-President of the League of Women Voters, says the League supports the Livable Frederick Plan.
“We applaud it’s methods of engaging the public in developing the plan,” Norris Walt said. ” We applaud the high level view and holistic planning approach of Livable Frederick and it’s emphasis on looking at issues that are bigger than just houses, house size, and some of those issues that past comprehensive plans have focused on.”
Peggy Elgin spoke about amendment 26, which expands buffers along the Monocacy River.
“Amendment 26 language goes so far as to proclaim the wider the buffer the better,” Elgin said. “However there is no scientific basis specific to the Monocacy that merits buffer expansion beyond existing high efficient buffers.”
She and other speakers felt it would negatively impact private property rights, and there are already laws in the county which protect river buffers.
There’s also a Health section in Livable Frederick which addresses health habitat and healthy choices, good nutrition, active lifestyles and other concerns.
The council will vote on proposed amendments for Livable Frederick next month.