Conservative lawmakers have won a skirmish in what they call a “War on Rural Maryland,” getting state officials to delay implementing a land-development plan until a Senate committee has its say.http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/nov/28/conservative-maryland-lawmakers-win-a-skirmish-on-/
On November 9 MACo sent a letter to Governor Martin O’Malley summarizing the organization’s remaining concerns with PlanMaryland (the Plan) and offering suggestions to address those concerns. As...http://conduitstreet.mdcounties.org/2011/11/11/maco-sends-planmaryland-letter-to-governor/
Take your pick: PlanMaryland is either A) a useful statewide guide for coordinating future growth, or B) a war on rural Maryland that strips land-use decisions from citizens and steers them into towns and cities.
November 3, 2011
Secretary Richard Hall
Maryland Department of Planning
301 West Preston Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Dear Secretary Hall,
The Senate President sent your office a letter dated, October 25, 2011, requesting you delay finalization and implementation of PlanMaryland until the Maryland State Senate could hold hearings.
It appears as though you have no intention of yielding to the wishes of the Senate President.
In a Daily Record article dated November 1st, you are quoted as saying “We have confidence in what’s in there.” If this is the case, then certainly there should be no reason to put off hearings by the State Senate until the regular legislative session. That is, unless of course there is an actual lack of confidence in “what’s in there.”
If the data used to create PlanMaryland is unimpeachable, then its presentation in front of a State Senate committee should be nothing but a simple courtesy.
I ask that you yield to the request of the Senate President and avail yourself to hearings before final recommendations and implementation of PlanMaryland.
Senate Minority Leader
Senator EJ Pipkin
The public relations spin that the Maryland Department of Planning is trying to put on the flawed PlanMaryland is unbelievable! See the MACo comments for sense of just how bad PlanMaryland is.
Secretary Hall misses the mark. PlanMaryland is a jobs killer in rural MD, strips property rights without compensation, and is leading to higher tolls, taxes, and fees.
While State money for repair of rural MD was being cut, Gov O’Malley found $120 million over the next 2 years for planning for the Purple Line & Red Line in Montgomery Co & Baltimore City (2 subway projects that will cost nearly $4 Billion-that’s Billion-dollars.
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland: Democratic Governor Martin O’Malley has been liberal with his policies on environmentalism since taking office in 2007. Reactions to his policies have been mixed. His office claims that “He is basing his decisions on what is best for Maryland now and in the future.” Senate Minority Whip E. J. Pipkin has stated when speaking to rural residents that, “We’re at war. Simply, at war.”
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If Gov. Martin O’Malley has his way, future generations of Marylanders will be forced to live where current residents are fleeing.
PlanMaryland: At the Crossroads – Forum Takeaways
Christopher Monckton – Climate Change Abatement Costs
- Needed – proper cost/benefit analysis
- Cost of curbing CO2 emissions in Maryland hundreds to thousands of times greater than focused adaptation. Mitigation results would be so small as to be immeasurable
- Focused adaptation if/when necessary. Let technology and markets do their job
- Sea level rise – Not happening. Latest data suggests 2 in./century at most
- Worsening coastal storms – Not happening
- Modest warming beneficial to agriculture, wildlife
- Chinese CO2 increases more every month than if Maryland reduced emissions to zero
Wendell Cox – Economic Premises
- Premise: Cars remove wealth from society. False. Cars allow for more flexible mobility, providing for greater economic growth and wealth creation
- Premise: Transit is preferable to highways. False. Nearly all mobility is by highway. No metropolitan region in affluent nations has successfully shifted to transit
- Premise: Transit is required for low income mobility. False. Only 7.9% of jobs in metro Baltimore are accessible by transit. Most people in all income groups use autos
- Premise: Compact development assures affordable housing for all income levels. False. Compact development raises housing prices. Low income groups are disadvantaged
- Premise: Compact development supports better health. False. Compact development increases air pollution and worsens health effects
- Premise: Compact development reduces greenhouse gas emissions. False. Compact development ineffective. GHG can be reduced w/o lifestyle changes through technological improvements
- Premise: Smart Growth increases tax revenues, reduces cost to government. False. Smart Growth reduces tax revenues and increases cost to government (Commissioner Rothschild)
Patrick Moffitt – Environmental Concerns and Highlands Act Impact on New Jersey
- PlanMaryland: Risk to landowner equity not addressed
- Agricultural issues not properly framed; erroneous data
- Water supply and water quality issues inaccurately characterized
- Other natural resource issues inaccurately characterized
- Environmental risks not properly addressed or identified
- Devil in the details – failure to ask right questions leads to incorrect premises
George Frigon – Septic vs Waste Water Treatment Plants
- Premise: Nitrogen from septics is 10 times more than WWTP. False. Little difference between them
- Fact: WWTPs deplete aquifers by removing groundwater and discharging it in the bay
- Fact: Septics recharge groundwater and are therefore more sustainable
- Fact: Septics are no more damaging to the Chesapeake Bay than WWTP
- Fact: Septic nitrogen loading virtually identical to WWTP per household
- Current knowledge of nitrogen processes insufficient to justify septic regulations Plan advocates
Ed Braddy – Quality of Life and Property Rights
- PlanMaryland does not reflect popular opinion
- Autos: Exaggerates costs/ignores benefits
- Compact Development: Exaggerates benefits/ignores costs
- Transit: Exaggerates benefits/ignores costs
- Suburbs: Exaggerates costs/ignores benefits
- Vitiates private property rights