The city of Frederick is preparing to ratify a zoning change that will affect zoning protection for all single-family homes in the city.

This proposal will further degrade the environment in the city, exacerbating our stormwater run-off problems and reducing Frederick’s tree canopy, already the worst in the region. Traffic, parking and historic preservation will be affected.

At the first public meeting in December 2019, the public disputed the proposal’s main claims of enhanced affordable housing and various environmental benefits. Those claims were removed but the proposal was not withdrawn.

Then the pandemic hit. Public meetings stopped.

Private meetings were discouraged and the public had no way to meet and discuss these changes. Now the pandemic is over and we find that the city is preparing to ratify this massive zoning change.

I suspect that 95 percent of Frederick’s homeowners are unaware of this threat to their homes and neighborhoods. The city should back off, better inform the public and allow residents to pass judgment on this plan.

Bob Lewis

Frederick

(8) comments

phydeaux994

Phew!! I was afraid they were going to ban pink Flamingos in your yard.

C.D.Reid

Well, Mr. Lewis, I see a couple of people have already asked what I was going to. What is the zoning change you're referring to? Without knowing, your letter means next to nothing.

petersamuel

I think the letter-writer is referring to zoning changes that allow 'granny flats' or tiny apartments, technically Auxiliary Dwelling Units (ADUs) in areas zoned for single family housing. But it would have been helpful if the letter had said this. The argument for them is that home-owners shoould have the right to add a small apartment either to accommodate a relative or a tenant and that this wiil add to the supply of affordablel housing. It need not affect the character of the neighborhood much, although that is bound to change over time. And why not?

Dwasserba

No more excuses when gram wants to live with you.

sevenstones1000

Can someone tell me what the zoning change is?

public-redux

This letter would have a been a great place to identify the proposed zoning change.

gabrielshorn2013

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stjohn42

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