Speak Out!

June 08, 2005

THE ISSUE: GROWTH AT FORT MEADE

Maryland officials are advising local governments to expect as many as 10,000 new jobs at Fort Meade within seven years as the military consolidates bases and the ranks of the National Security agency are boosted.

Anne Arundel County officials say they are well-positioned to handle such an influx from the standpoint of office space, homes and roads.

But Howard County officials have said they are concerned about the increased demand for housing, and some planners and Smart Growth activists worry that moving jobs from the inner Washington suburbs will contribute to sprawl.

YOUR VIEW

Can Anne Arundel County handle the growth expected to be generated by the shift of jobs to Fort Meade and nearby areas?

Tell us what you think at arundel.speakout@baltsun.com by tomorrow. Please keep your responses short, and include your name, address and phone number. A selection will be published Sunday.

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