Archive for November, 2010

Board of Zoning Appeals Issues Decision: DENIED!

Friday, November 19th, 2010

On Thursday, November 18th, The Frederick County Board of Zoning Appeals voted to deny the zoning exception request filed by PATH by a vote of 2-1.  There was an hour of discussion by the board prior to reaching this decision.  Key points made to support the denial of the application included: the substation is not consistent with the spirit and intent of the Frederick County Comprehensive Plan, the proposed substation was not consistent with the look and feel of the surrounding area, and the choice of the particular proposed location had significantly more adverse affects than other agriculture areas within Frederick County.

This represents a significant step forward in our mission to prevent the substation project from moving forward but it certainly is not the last.  We continue to need the support of the entire community both in terms of time as well as financial contributions to support the ongoing costs of legal representation to support hearings of the Maryland Public Service Commission as well as any potential appeals of the zoning hearing.  Thank you for all your support to date.

See the news stories below for more detailed information on the decision by the board:

Board of Zoning Appeals: Decision to be announced

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

On Saturday, 11/13/10, the Frederick County Board of Zoning Appeals held their third hearing on the proposed substation.   The day started at 9am with CAKES attorney Scott Miller who introduced 2 expert witnesses:  Wayne Six, residential appraiser and Jeff Holtzinger, civil engineer.  Mr. Six explained how many of the families surrounding the farm would get ‘slammed’ as they look down at the farm ‘like a bowl’.  There would be significant devaluation for many homes from 12% or more.  Mr. Holtzinger testified that the proposed landscaping was inadequate. Both Sugarloaf Conservancy and Sierra Club testified against the Application. Over 40 residents then offered testimony as to specific points or their personal situations.  The meeting ended at 10pm after a total of 13 hours. The board will announce its decision this Thursday at 7pm at Winchester Hall in Frederick:

12 East Church Street
Frederick, MD 21701

Here are some additional articles detailing the hearing on Saturday:

Basket Bingo: The show must go on!

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Even though the Board of Zoning Appeals Hearing is on the 13th, we are still moving forward with our plans for Basket Bingo on the evening of the 13th.  Pam Singleton has done a fantastic job of coordinating this and, as they say, “The show must go on.”   Details:

Time:  Doors open at 5:30PM.  Games begin at 7:00PM
Location:  Damascus American Legion, 10201 Lewis Drive, Damascus, MD 20872

We’re hoping that most folks who plan to testify at the Board of Zoning Appeals Hearing are able to do so by the 5:00PM break.  If so, folks can still make it to Basket Bingo by 7:00PM.  If you have volunteered to work the Basket Bingo and don’t think you can make it to the Legion Hall by 6:00PM, let Pam Singleton know (240-285-6598 or e-mail at

Board of Zoning Appeals: New Date!

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

The Frederick County Board of Zoning Appeals has changed the date for the hearing continuation on the proposed substation to be Saturday, November 13th.  Details are:

Start time is 9:00AM
Winchester Hall
12 East Church Street
Frederick, MD 21701

The hearing will begin at 9:00 am.  The board will break for lunch at approximately 12:00 pm, will resume from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, will break again at approximately 5:00 pm and will resume from 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, if needed.  The board plans to hear all public testimony.  So, if you which to speak, please come for as much of this as you possibly can.  Attendance at this is crucial.

Our guess is that the board moved the hearing to a Saturday to accommodate as much of the public as possible.  If you are willing to testify but need help with preparing your testimony, then we encourage you to attend our public meeting next Monday.

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