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Frederick Supervisors Vote Halts Clorox Facility Plans

24 May 2019 Frederick County News

The Frederick County Board of Supervisors voted against an amendment to the county’s comprehensive plan that would have allowed Clorox to build a cat litter manufacturing facility in Clear Brook.

The 5-2 Wednesday (5/22/2019) night vote came after the Frederick County Planning Commission recommended against the amendment. Supervisors McCarthy, McCann-Slaughter, Wells, Dunn, and Trout voted against, while Supervisor Lofton and Chairman DeHaven voted in favor of the amendment.

Interest from Clorox in establishing the manufacturing operation was first announced by Governor Northam in March 2019, and the facility was projected to create 100 new jobs. However, since Northam’s announcement, concerns have been voiced by residents that rezoning 109 acres from rural to industrial in order to accommodate the 668 Quarry Lane facility might affect the region’s rural character.

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