After Councilman Kai Hagen (D) delivered a brief speech and other council members made their case, his amendment detailing the county's need to address a "climate change crisis" in Livable Frederick passed, 4-2.
Councilmen Phil Dacey (R) and Steve McKay (R) were the two no votes. Council Vice President Michael Blue (R) was absent Tuesday.
Hagen said Tuesday that he appreciated that his colleagues acknowledged climate change is an issue, but added the amendment was a result of months of discussion between environmental groups.
"It's the reality," Hagen said of leaving "crisis" in the amendment. "Seeing [Livable Frederick's] initiatives and supporting initiatives through the lens of climate change is very important. Because otherwise, they're just very good ideas."
Dacey and McKay voted no because they were concerned about the weight of the word. McKay said he was specifically concerned if council members had to address environmental concerns first versus needs such as road improvements or other infrastructure.
"Words and concepts define priorities," McKay said. "When something is identified singularly as the only crisis in this document, then that elevates what is the highest priority."