November 2, 2011
A war on rural Maryland? We've been under siege for decades. But the enemy is sprawling development pressure, not government policies. ("Rural leaders rebel against O'Malley's statewide growth plan," Oct. 27). I should know. The Bay Bridge empties directly into my county. PlanMaryland, the state's new thinking about how to manage its future growth, is a positive step. It seeks to have rural towns absorb a greater portion of new residents, and in the process revive those towns, save tax dollars, preserve our farms and forests, and cut down on our endless commuting time, among other benefits.
October 31, 2011
Who among us believes that sprawl - that is, the destruction of farms, forests and other open spaces to accommodate far-flung development coupled with the neglect and abandonment of older neighborhoods and urban centers - is a cost-effect, environmental-friendly and ultimately sound strategy for future growth in Maryland? If you are raising your hand right now, you may well be sitting in the Pikesville Hilton where the Carroll County Board of Commissioners are today hosting a "summit" attacking Gov. Martin O'Malley's PlanMaryland initiative.
December 6, 2002
IN THE BALTIMORE area, regionalism spawns much more hot air than concrete action. Water and sewer systems and transportation planning are largely regional efforts, but that's about it. A few years ago, there was talk of tax-base sharing, as in Minneapolis, and regional land-use planning, as in Portland, Ore. But that draws little support -- then and now. "They'd string me up," Julia Walsh Gouge, a Carroll County commissioner, says. Yet development rapidly sprawling over Maryland's farms, forests and wetlands is one of the state's greatest long-term problems, affecting the vast majority of Marylanders.
December 4, 2002
AT BALTIMORE'S Mount Washington Elementary School this fall, 11-year-old Will Glasgow stays for the sixth grade, a possibility created by a community effort to form a middle school to stem long-standing middle-class flight. Along North Avenue, developer Wendy Blair briskly sells out Spicer's Run, 86 handsome new brick townhouses that go for as much as $190,000, to unsubsidized buyers who choose city life over the suburbs. From a station under the Atrium -- pricey apartments carved from the old Hecht's store on Howard Street -- more than 30 police officers, many on bikes, wage quality-of-life battles as the city renews its west side, even issuing citations for public urination.
April 16, 1991
Having encountered a formidable roadblock in the General Assembly in its quest to rein-in development sprawl, the Schaefer administration wasted little time seeking another approach: clamping down on unfettered growth by requiring local cooperation in land-use controls if counties want to obtain state money for schools, roads, parks, water and sewer plants.While this is an entirely logical -- and sensible -- way to proceed, the administration has blundered in pursuing this proposal so quickly after being rebuffed in the legislature.
May 4, 2006
Maryland's latest poster child for sprawl is called Terrapin Run, and its fate is now before an Allegany County Circuit Court judge - a review that we hope that it does not survive. The project is a natural but terrible product of cheap mountain land and the growing willingness of Washington-area workers to commute as far as 100 miles away in their desperate search for more-affordable housing. Right next to Green Ridge State Forest 50 miles west of Hagerstown along Interstate 68, Terrapin Run ultimately would put 4,300 homes and a shopping plaza on 900 acres of land originally zoned for agriculture and conservation.