In Friday’s Gazette newspaper, columnist Barry Rascovar discusses the political side of the controversial PlanMaryland proposal. After reviewing some history and laying out some views on the current politics of the matter, Rascovar reaches a conclusion:
The Great Recession has put us in a slow-growth recovery period that may last a decade or longer. This could dramatically alter how planners view development trends over the next quarter-century.
Why provoke a confrontation that could get messy? PlanMaryland has been three years in the making. Another delay won’t hurt if it means coming up with modifications that ease rural concerns and broaden support for a statewide land-use strategy.