Frederick County Hires New Director of Livable Frederick

Frederick County has selected Kimberly Golden Brandt to be the new director for Livable Frederick Planning and Design Office, according to a March 6 press release.

Brandt, a director from Preservation Maryland has been chosen to lead the implementation of Livable Frederick’s new master plan. “Kim’s broad experience with forward-thinking planning and preservation efforts makes her an ideal choice to lead the implementation of Livable Frederick,” said County Executive Jan Gardner. “We are excited to have someone of Kim’s caliber helping to move Frederick County forward.”

Livable Frederick is a new approach to updating the counties comprehensive plan aimed at sustainable living. The plan was given final approval in September 2019.

From the press release:

As the Director of the Livable Frederick Planning and Design Office, Ms. Brandt will lead the office responsible for the planning, design and implementation of small area plans, including the Sugarloaf Treasured Landscape Plan and the South Frederick Corridors Plan. The Office provides professional planning assistance in land use and transportation, growth management, pedestrian-friendly design factors, and development and community design considerations, among other areas. The Livable Frederick Planning and Design Office was created through a reorganization of the Division of Planning and Permitting.

From the Livable Frederick Master Plan:

Livable Frederick, through the creation of the Livable Frederick Master Plan (LFMP), embodies a focus on policy and general growth strategy in order to articulate a clear direction for Frederick County in the face of future change. An important part of many comprehensive plans involves the charting of ideas, concepts, principles, goals, and procedures for setting a course of future action and to establish a normative basis of action by providing benchmarks for determining outcomes that are “good” (desirable) or “bad” (undesirable). This is a central role of the LFMP, which together with the Comprehensive Plan Map, future community, corridor, large area, and functional plans, and other important pieces of comprehensive planning in Frederick County, as a whole constitute Frederick County’s Livable Frederick Comprehensive Plan