Unintended or Intended Consequences ?

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Mackintosh REALTORS 82894
Let's explore "the unintended" or "intended Consequences" of the Frederick County Planning Commission's adoption of the Sugarloaf Treasured Landscape Management Plan. The July 13th meeting where the plan was adopted should be a major concern of everyone who owns property in Frederick County. Watching the meeting on (FCGTV during a ten-minute span from 1:28 to 1:38), I was astounded as Commissioner Hix blatantly disregards the public testimony of the Frederick County Association of REALTORS®, myself, and many others over the effect the plan will have on property values. After the vote to adopt the plan, Commissioner Sepe, due to the serious flaws with the plan, asked that her name be removed from the plan prior to being sent to the County Council. It is quite evident the plan has been fast-tracked to the County Council.
 
As stated in my ~ previous post ~ this plan is riddled with property rights issues. It is inconsistent with the many goals of the Livable Frederick Master Plan. The consequences of the adopted plan that down zones parts of 125 parcels from agriculture to resource conservation and places an overregulated overlay on a majority of properties are alarming.
 
* The adopted plan will siphon uses and values from land owners.
 
* Comments to the Planning Commission indicate State priority funding for I-270 improvements will be removed if an overlay is imposed leaving a lifetime of gridlock to and from Frederick.
 

* The overlay proposes no grandfathering of existing uses or allowances for minor repairs. This will alter the future business plans of Stronghold Inc; the non-profit owner that preserves Sugarloaf Mountain , Lily Pons Water Gardens and The Maryland Horse Trials at Loch Moy Farm.
 
 
If the adopted plan is approved by the County Council this will set a precedent for all subsequent area plans to follow. This should raise a red flag to all Frederick County farmers and landowners.
 
The local media for the most part has been silent on the consequences of the plan. I have been a guest on a couple of radio programs recently to sound the alarm.
 

 
WFMD / WFRE ~> The Four State Focus link to podcast
                                    
 
 
Your Frederick Real Estate Update ~ with Darren Ahearn & Terry Kernan
 
  ~Discussion on the Sugarloaf plan starts at 8:30 ~
 
 
FREDERICK COUNTY RESIDENTS TAKE ACTION:
SPEAK NOW! or live with the consequences 
 
 *Email your comments to the County Council and your district Council Person.
 
            (LINK TO CONTACT INFO)
* Speak during public comment at an upcoming County Council Meeting or you can phone in a recorded message. 
 
* Share this blog post with your friends and neighbors who live in Frederick County.
 
Before the sand runs out of the hourglass tell the County Council to "REMAND THE PLAN" back to the Planning Commission ahead of October 18th when the plan is slated to be adopted. It is critical for the first area plan to be done right to protect your property rights and Frederick County's future!
 
 
 
 

Comments (21)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Buzz. Why is it that once you become a politician it is required you leave commonsense at the door? I have no idea how the works, but have concluded it is true. Enjoy your day.

Aug 08, 2022 04:17 AM
Buzz Mackintosh

Wayne Martin a very true statement !

Aug 08, 2022 10:00 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It is very sad that government entities will do things that go against what the people want and what truly is best for everyone.

Aug 08, 2022 04:41 AM
Buzz Mackintosh

Brian England its very frustrating when you take the time to testify at a public hearing only to be blatantly ignored !

Aug 08, 2022 10:04 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I hope your efforts get some people to the meetings and to the computer to help!

Aug 08, 2022 05:11 AM
Buzz Mackintosh

Kat Palmiotti the clock is ticking and now is the time for the local property owners to speak up !

Aug 08, 2022 10:05 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Some deep pockets may be looking at the land for opportunities and want it at any cost. It could be the start for legal actions down the road

Aug 08, 2022 05:34 AM
Buzz Mackintosh

Ed Silva the Frederick County government is trying to force Sugarloaf Mountain , privately owned by Stronghold Inc, into a County park designation which is a total regulatory overreach and huge property rights issue!

Aug 08, 2022 10:10 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

Happy Monday, thank you for the great information in your blog today to share with us here on the Rain.  Make it a terrific day! bill

Aug 08, 2022 05:54 AM
Buzz Mackintosh

Bill Salvatore - East Valley thanks for stopping by to read about our local issues !

Aug 08, 2022 10:12 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Buzz,

It does not surprise me the media doesn't want to cover and is silent on this issue. It might require them to actually dig into the facts and be a journalist! Keep up the fighting and let your voice and others be heard. I agree with Wayne Martin  that once you become a politician it is required you leave commonsense at the door

Aug 08, 2022 06:17 AM
Buzz Mackintosh

Dorie Dillard Austin TX for some reason our local media will not cover the consequences of this plan. I was on two radio shows and even WFMD will not put the podcasts of the programs in their audio vault on their website. Not sure who is suppressing the news, but it seems to be happening everywhere these days. They must think its too hot to handle.  

Aug 08, 2022 10:19 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Your plight is probably more often than not present in other communities. When we read or hear of such events, my statement has been "follow the money." I wish you success on your endeavors.

Aug 08, 2022 07:20 AM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

Leanne Smith this plan has allot of moving parts and the local government is trying to blanket the area with an overlay similar to a HOA with draconian restrictions that will siphon uses and value right out of the affected properties.

Aug 08, 2022 10:24 AM
Leanne Smith

We are experiencing a similar fast approval for the relocation of the County Fair Grounds here in Mohave County. The location would impact traffic, water usage, land values as the county wants to include a noisy race track as well as county sheriff protection. Again, there is money to be made at the cost of we the people. IMHO

Aug 08, 2022 10:25 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Buzz,
Keep up the good fight. Sadly, the majority of people are apathetic and don't realize what the consequences will be for them or the community.

Aug 08, 2022 11:28 AM
Buzz Mackintosh

 Carol Williams the call to action seems to be exposing the flaws with the plan there were a lot of comments at last nights County Council meeting.

Aug 10, 2022 07:05 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I often think these types of plans are drawn up by agencies, and then they take them to the public for "input" which is in reality a sales job on the citizens.  I've endured a few of those processes in my life.  They aren't pleasant!  And, don't get me started with eminent domain!

Aug 08, 2022 12:06 PM
Buzz Mackintosh

 Myrl Jeffcoat allot of false information was put out by the planners and one County Council person to blur the lines to the area residents to scare them of mass development which can not happen under the current zoning it is late in the game , but they are being exposed now.

Aug 10, 2022 07:10 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Buzz- kudos to you for taking a stand. A lot of the reason we are in the situation we're in is that no one noticed or spoke up!  And yes, it looks like they are rushing this through hoping that no one will notice or when they do it will be too late. It's like rats who are stealing cheese...they act fast before they are caught. Wrong analogy???

Aug 09, 2022 10:32 AM
Buzz Mackintosh

Kathy Streib you are so right they are rushing the plan because lame duck status is looming and if this Council adopts this flawed plan it will be their lasting legacy. Hopefully they will realize this and remand the plan back to the Planning Commission to fix the flaws.

Aug 10, 2022 07:20 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Buzz I remember your first post about this issue.  Seems like they are blatantly overstepping on a lot of people. And with trying to fast tracking it somehow, someway the people need to wake up and SPEAK UP!!  I am surprised they're not listening to the people - such as yourself. What's in this for them? On the other hand there seems to be a lot of that going on in our country right now.

Aug 09, 2022 01:23 PM
Buzz Mackintosh

  Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker there seems to be a fundamental disregard by the Planning Commission about landowners property rights, uses and the valuation of their property. Hopefully the County Council has a little more consideration for these concerns and ramifications this plan will have on real life and livelihoods!

Aug 10, 2022 07:26 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker

Clear disregard about landowners property rights.... who gives them the right to nullify landowner rights?

Aug 10, 2022 09:59 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Aug 13, 2022 06:44 PM
Buzz Mackintosh

 Thanks for the mention Kathy Streib !

Aug 17, 2022 07:15 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

hi Buzz - same situation different  state.  we must continually educate legislators on unintended consequences.

Aug 14, 2022 06:29 AM
Buzz Mackintosh

Grant Schneider if you don't speak up they would walk all over us !

Aug 17, 2022 07:16 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Buzz - intentions in all forms have consequences.  

Aug 14, 2022 09:45 AM
Buzz Mackintosh

Michael Jacobs and most of the time if it is a government suggestion or solution it is not good!

Aug 17, 2022 07:18 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Buzz, for sharing your observations. 

There will never be a shortage of challenges.

Aug 14, 2022 10:48 AM
Buzz Mackintosh

So very true Roy Kelley !

Aug 17, 2022 07:19 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Buzz,

You are doing everything in your power to enact change and awareness.  Hopefully, many residents will sound the alarm to get this dissolved.

Aug 14, 2022 05:42 PM
Buzz Mackintosh

  Sheri Sperry - MCNE®  Many are showing up to speak out about this plan that is riddled with property rights issues. Hopefully the County Council will pay attention to the concerned property owners.

Aug 17, 2022 07:08 AM
Margaret Goss
@Properties - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Something similar happened in a nearby town. The village council must have had wax in their ears because they didn't hear anything dozens of people - including experts - were saying.

The plan was passed and residents were completely disheartened. In the end, however, the plan died because the company wanting to build the offending structure started to suffer financially after the pandemic started to subside!

Maybe you can be so lucky.

Aug 15, 2022 02:06 PM
Buzz Mackintosh

Margaret Goss Hopefully the County Council will not adopt a tainted plan that will have devastating ripple affects on future area plans to come. There is also an election looming over their heads in November!

Aug 17, 2022 07:13 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Getting involved can help everyone make a better decision, especially for the ones adversely impacted by majority vote. Wishing for the best outcome, Buzz!

Aug 15, 2022 03:30 PM
Buzz Mackintosh

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! Many are speaking out about the plan, I just hope the County Council has the time to amend the adopted plan as they have put the process on a fast track. The proper thing to do would be to remand the plan back to the Planning Commission to make sure it is a good plan without property rights issues.

Aug 17, 2022 07:02 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Buzz Mackintosh - reading your post; then comments from Leanne Smith, Myrl Jeffcoat, Grant Schneider and Margaret Goss are all loud wake-up calls for everyone. Whenever there are deep pockets it seems to end in disaster and a deaf ear with very sad consequences not good for the citizens. Buzz, I wish you strength and courage to fight the good fight. It has to be very stressful but you are doing the right thing.    

Sep 18, 2022 01:48 AM