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County Executive Jan Gardner today unveiled two initiatives to protect Frederick County’s forests, environmental resources, and historic and cultural assets. The first legislative initiative strengthens the County’s Forest Resource Ordinance with the goal to protect existing forest and ensure no net loss of forest as the result of new development. The second legislative proposal amends the county zoning ordinance to require consideration and protection of forest, environmentally sensitive areas, and historic assets prior to a property being rezoned. Citizens value Frederick County’s rich history and its environment, and protecting these features puts the community’s values first.
“The good news is that we can take action now to prevent the loss of forest cover and protect our historic and cultural amenities now into the future,” said Executive Gardner. “My proposal will protect what our community values, our forest cover, our environmental resources and our rich history, before any new development is approved, so we can ensure a bright future for Frederick County.”