Rurals Continue Criticism of PlanMaryland

A Baltimore Sun October 27 article details both state and county officials, mostly representing rural sections of the state, raising extended concerns with proposed growth policies, most notably the Governor’s proposed PlanMaryland.

From the article:

State Sen. E.J. Pipkin, a Republican who represents Caroline, Cecil, Kent and Queen Anne’s counties, called PlanMaryland a “job-killer” for rural communities.

Pipkin, who led Thursday’s strategy session on how to give rural leaders a say over the plan, added that the attorney general’s opinion leaves “a significant amount of legal doubt” about whether the governor can implement PlanMaryland without legislative approval.

He said the plan — along with other recent policy changes and pending initiatives such as the recently approved toll increases on state roadways, a plan to ban septic systems and the governor’s plan to ramp up the timeline on stricter pollution regulations for the Chesapeake Bay — amounts to a “war on rural Maryland.”

Read the full coverage here.

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties

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