The Sugarloaf Treasured Landscape Management Plan - 1st Draft

July 30, 2021 - The Livable Frederick Planning and Design Office announced that the Sugarloaf Treasured Landscape Management Plan First Draft was available for public review. The Plan seeks to maintain rural character and scenic attributes, protect environmental resources, and enhance landscape quality in the Sugarloaf Mountain area. This "large area plan" begins to put into action the Livable Frederick Master Plan, Frederick County’s guiding policy document for how and where the county will grow, conserve, and preserve. 

August 17, 2021 & August 19 2021 - The draft of the Sugarloaf Treasured Landscape Management Plan was introduced to the public at two virtual open houses from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. After a brief presentation, staff invited members of the public to offer their feedback and ask questions. 

September 15, 2021 - The Planning Commission held the first of several workshops to review the first draft of The Sugarloaf Treasured Landscape Management Plan including comments from the public and advisory group. Following the Planning Commission's full review of the draft Plan, which will include a public hearing, the Commission's recommended plan will be submitted to the County Council. The County Council review of the Sugarloaf Treasured Landscape Management Plan will also include a public hearing.

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Download: The Draft Sugarloaf Treasured Landscape Management Plan

Plan Updates Since July 2021 Printing

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Sugarloaf Treasured Landscape Management Plan Overview

The Sugarloaf Area Plan Briefing Book

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.

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Sugarloaf Area Plan Briefing Book

Sugarloaf Area Plan Kickoff

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Sugarloaf Area Plan Kick Off, February 10, 2020

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Livable Frederick Master Plan

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:

  • Our Vision, focusing on community aspirations, ideas, and preferences;
  • The Development Framework, addressing the forms and patterns that will determine the physical shape of Frederick County;
  • The Action Framework, including recommended positions, policies, and actions

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