PlanMaryland: Land use plan will be gutted by rural lawmakers

November 01, 2011

In regard to your editorial, "Defenders of sprawl" (Oct. 31) you are living in a dream world if you believe that "majority of people support a rational discussion of how best to reform land use policies of the past." The majority who support PlanMaryland will not be those that make decisions to implement the plan.

In the rural areas, representatives have always supported their constituent farmers who desire at some point to develop their properties.

They have also supported those people who purchase houses in the rural area, then desire libraries, community centers, commercial development and wider roads to accommodate the increased traffic that occurs.

That is how it has been for the many times governors of the past have attempted to direct growth through incentives. If PlanMaryland as proposed is put into place, I'll write again and say I was wrong!

Angela Beltram, Ellicott City

The writer is a former member of the Howard County Council and the county's planning and zoning boards.

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