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