Controversial boundary lines drawn to protect sensitive areas along the Monocacy River have been withdrawn, but the maps showing them will remain online until there is a replacement plan, Frederick County government staff members say.
The county had not removed maps showing the now defunct Monocacy River Resource Protection Area and Ecologically Significant Areas as of Tuesday afternoon.
When a new version of the plan is released, the plan and associated maps will be replaced on the Monocacy Scenic River Citizen Advisory Board’s portion of the county website, said Tim Goodfellow, a Frederick County planner and liaison to the river board.
The Monocacy Scenic River Citizen Advisory Board voted to remove the red lines from its proposed river management plan and maps following the public comment period, which ended Jan. 31. The red lines outline the Maryland Department of Natural Resource’s Ecologically Significant Areas where rare, threatened or endangered species or habitat may be located.
The river board also voted to remove the orange Monocacy River Resource Protection Area from the plan and maps at its meeting Feb. 1.
Landowners along the Monocacy River said during public comment periods of two river board meetings and Goodfellow’s presentation to the Walkersville Planning Commission on Jan. 24 that the lines were already hurting property resale values.
All 16 maps, which zoom in on each section of the Monocacy River that runs through Frederick and Carroll counties, were still available online Tuesday at 4 p.m.
The river board is in the process of reviewing 294 written public comments, Goodfellow said. It will continue to make changes to the 2016 draft river management plan, which was released in October 2016.
The river board will host its next meeting on March 1.