Commissioners request state intervention in region plan

Thursday, March 9, 2006

Two Frederick County Commissioners have asked the Maryland Department of Planning to intervene in discussions on a 20-year growth plan.

Commissioners Jan H. Gardner (D) and John ‘‘Lennie” Thompson Jr. (D) asked the department to become an active participant in updating the New Market Region Plan.

The two wanted to discuss a recent traffic study with the Maryland State Highway Administration, but the three other commissioners on the board — Michael L. Cady, John R. Lovell Jr. and Bruce L. Reeder — did not want to schedule a meeting to do so. They feel the department will have plenty of time to submit comments on the plan before the plan is approved.

The traffic study outlined many road improvements that would be needed to service the anticipated 36,000 residents in 13,000 homes from Frederick City west to Carroll County, and from Gas House Pike and Black Ankle Road to just south of Interstate 70, that would come with growth outlined in the region plan.

Funding is not available for those road projects. Gardner and Thompson believe the failure to discuss funding violates state policies.

For more information, please see the March 16 print edition of The Gazette.