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October 05, 2008

BRAC and traffic: The thousands of new employees coming to military-related jobs in Harford County in the next three years will likely grapple with traffic congestion caused by inadequate roads, failing intersections and insufficient mass transit. Maryland's revenue shortfall has delayed several key projects that were designed to relieve commuter traffic to and from Aberdeen Proving Ground, which is expected to grow by about 10,000 jobs within the next three years.

Columbia plan: Now that a mound of paperwork has been turned over to the county, the effort to redevelop Columbia is officially under way, and it promises to set in motion an intensifying public debate over the project and the approval process. General Growth Properties, the project's cash-strapped developer, is seeking approval to build homes more quickly and allow more traffic than permitted under Howard County's Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance.

Wind turbines: Nearly a decade after the Navy dismantled 19 communications towers along the Severn River in Anne Arundel County, a fledgling energy company is planning to build wind turbines that would turn the near-constant breeze there into electricity for as many as 10,000 homes.

These articles, and more from today's Anne Arundel, Harford and Howard County sections, can be found at baltimoresun.com/maryland.

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