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Growing Too Fast? Just Ban It!

Leonard Gilroy
January 14, 2005, 11:50am

Relatively inexpensive Prince George's County, Maryland has experienced increased interest from prospective homebuyers as housing prices continue to skyrocket in the Washington D.C. metro area. But concern about rapid growth in recent years has prompted the County to put the brakes on development in its rural areas. Yes, the dreaded "M" word - moratorium - resurfaces: In other words, "we haven't done our jobs." See what Reason's Sam Staley recently had to say about building moratoria in Ohio: And commenting on proposed growth caps in Chula Vista, CA, Reason's Owen Courreges adds this: If Prince George's County leaders are serious about looking to other counties in the region -- such as smart growth pioneer Montgomery County, MD, or perhaps Loudoun County, VA -- for ideas on growth management, then families looking for more affordable homes will probably need to keep on driving further and further away. As the Washington Post noted in its August 2004 series on sprawl and smart growth in the D.C. metro area (see inset box for full list of articles): Of course, we at Reason would prefer to see a completely different approach to growth management -- market-oriented planning. See Urbanfutures.org for our comprehensive collection of resources on this innovative approach.

Leonard Gilroy is Director of Government Reform


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