The Hartford Courant would like to see Connecticut adopt some of the smart growth policies that are in the new Maryland plan before it is too late. They see the update of the 1990s Maryland planning process as coming just in time.
“As reported in The Atlantic Magazine, land development in Maryland has grown at three times the rate of population over the past few decades. More than a quarter of the state’s land has been developed, mostly as single-family homes. The state will add a million residents by 2035. If the present growth pattern continues — and it will unless it is stopped — the state will lose more than 400,000 acres of forest and farm by that year, at a cost of billions of dollars for new roads and other infrastructure.”