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On September 3, 2019, Frederick County adopted the Livable Frederick Master Plan (LFMP), a community-driven document that ushers in a new and innovative way of planning for Frederick County’s future. The LFMP focuses on four key policy themes including: Our Community, Our Environment, Our Economy, and Our Health; as well as a general growth, redevelopment, and preservation strategy that articulates a clear direction for the county in the first half of the 21st century.
The Livable Frederick Master Plan is organized into three (3) sections:
Additionally, the LFMP’s Thematic Plan Map is a broad and vivid representation of - and a visual and narrative guide to - the future growth, preservation, and mobility patterns envisioned by Frederick County and its residents during the development of the Livable Frederick Master Plan.
One critical aspect of long-range planning that is often ignored, is the issue of plan implementation. How can a community translate its vision into tangible results? Fortunately, the LFMP describes new approaches to structuring comprehensive planning in Frederick County that are unlike past planning efforts. Targeted planning initiatives - including the development of large area plans, where the focus is on broad and contiguous areas of the County - are a featured component of our plan. To that end, the approved Implementation Plan for the LFMP includes the creation of our first large area plan, the Sugarloaf Area Plan.
Description of the Sugarloaf Mountain Area from the Livable Frederick Master Plan
Introduction to the Sugarloaf Area Plan as contained in the Livable Frederick Implementation Plan
A short video that explains the "why" behind the Sugarloaf Area Plan
The Briefing Book is a broad introduction to the Sugarloaf Area Plan including a brief listing of current conditions, some historical background, and a preliminary list of challenges and opportunities in the area. The Briefing Book facilitates discussion and engagement in the planning process while the county develops a plan for the Sugarloaf area.
East view overlook, July 2019, running time 4:14
Potomac overlook, July 2019, running time 2:35
The County established a Sugarloaf Stakeholders’ Advisory Group to provide input and perspective as the county seeks to gain a broader and deeper understanding of the issues, challenges, and opportunities that exist in the Sugarloaf area.
Members: Janine Borofka, Tina Theme Brown, Dakota Durcho, Martha Hartlaub, Michael Kashiwagi, Mike Kay, David Lake, Andy MacIntosh, Jim MacIntosh, Gary Magnuson, Blanca Poteat, Steve Poteat, Joe Richardson, Ingrid Rosencrantz, Russell Thompson, David Webster, John Webster
Thursday, October 29, 2020
Monday, August 31, 2020
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Watch the stake holders group virtual meeting July 22, 2020
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
On Thursday, February 27, 2020, approximately 100 people attended the County’s Community Meeting for the kick-off of the Sugarloaf Area Plan. A wide variety of geographic information and other data about the Sugarloaf Planning Area was displayed at the meeting, with County Staff answering questions about the maps and information presented. After a short powerpoint presentation, a question/answer period followed for people to obtain more information about the Sugarloaf Area Plan and its creation.
Click to access previous livablefrederick.org community forum, or use the new forum below.
Principal Planner, Project Lead
Livable Frederick Planning and Design Manager
Kimberly Golden Brandt
Director, Livable Frederick Planning & Design Office
Frederick County Government
Division of Planning and Permitting
30 North Market Street
Frederick, MD 21701