Primary Election: June 26, 2018

growthAdvocating for Responsible Growth
Frederick County is growing and will continue to grow in the years to come. Growth that benefits the community, instead of being at the expense of the community, does not happen by accident. If we want to ensure that we don’t have overcrowded schools, congested roads, inadequate parks, and increased taxes, we need the community to be actively involved in wise planning for the future.

Jessica sees responsible growth as one of the major issues that the new County Executive and County Council will face. She is committed to maintaining the small-town feel and green spaces of our municipalities while recognizing that well-planned growth brings jobs and economic development to Frederick County. Future areas of growth should fill unmet needs within our communities and should be approved using a transparent process that involves input from community members who will be affected.

Our current Board of County Commissioners is using a rarely used tool, the Developer Rights and Responsibilities Agreement, to lock in deals with developers that are not in the best interest of our communities. Agreements that are made without necessary planning for school construction, roads, and infrastructure have a major fiscal impact on our county finances for years to come. Costs for new development should never land squarely on the shoulders of the taxpayers. Developers must pay their fair share of costs incurred by new residential and commercial building. Jessica would not support any agreements that do not include an adequate plan for funding schools and roads impacted by the new development.

By the Authority of Friends of Jessica Fitzwater, Chelsea Kadish, Treasurer

   Friends of Jessica Fitzwater
   P.O. Box 661
   New Market, MD 21774