Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Short on time now...

But rest assured, readers, I'll have more to say about this.

Howard County residents sitting in traffic jams and eyeing new homes might believe that development is running rampant, but the facts say otherwise, according to Marsha S. McLaughlin, the planning director.

"We think development is actually pretty well-phased. It is a challenge to convey that to citizens," McLaughlin told County Council members this week - including council Chairman Christopher J. Merdon, an Ellicott City Republican, and west Columbia Democrat Ken Ulman, both candidates for county executive.

The pace of residential growth has dropped sharply while commercial construction is booming, McLaughlin said, noting figures in the county's 14th annual Development Monitoring System Report, which tracks development since the adoption of the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance, known as APFO. The latest report covers Oct. 1, 2004, to Sept. 30, 2005.


Anonymous said...

Maybe that's b/c Marsha is on the take from developers. She's a waste of space and anyone who has attends the meetings and hearings knows it. She is so far up GGP's ass she can tell you what Dennis Miller eats for breakfast , lunch, and dinner.

Anonymous said...

She is appointed. Adminstrative. I can't believe Mr. Robey let her make those comments. Or.. perhaps he believes that growth is not an issue. Whether slower or faster- we've exceeded the tipping point. And the myth keeps getting repeated. Growth is good. Growth is an economic engine. You can't stop growth. It's apalling, really apalling, when the Director of DPZ starts pushing it.