Roughly 280,000 people live in Frederick County. That’s twice as many as in 1987. And three times as many as 1972. Given all that makes Frederick County attractive, and our proximity to Washington and Baltimore, the county will keep growing. That growth isn’t random. It happens according to plans. The most important questions related to planning for growth are where and how. The county and every municipality have plans that capture a variety of goals and values, and reflect choices we’ve made, and continue to make.