Having completed my introductory series of columns on “Framing Frederick’s Future,” I will take the opportunity here to answer some “Frequently Asked Questions” prompted by those columns.
In the first three installments of this series, we examined the history of residential growth in Frederick over the last 50+ years, defined the residential “pipeline,” and evaluated the county’s Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance (“APFO”) in light of demographic changes. In the context of this background, we turn to government fiscal policy decisions.
The Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance (APFO) has, within the last 20 years of existence, been a key regulatory mechanism shaping both the pace and location of development in Frederick County.
The term ‘development pipeline’ gets used frequently as a looming cloud of uncertainty and, therefore, a reason to stop approving future communities. The development pipeline refers to un-built units that have some level of approval (no houses are on the lots in the development pipeline).
Every community struggles at times and to varying degrees with the debate over growth. Many communities have healthy growth, but constantly debate how to embrace it, others want it but cannot achieve it, yet others simply do not want growth at all.