Developers Spearhead Smart Growth Makeover

Rockville Pike, Maryland has grown haphazardly and auto-centrically for the past few decades. A group of developers has brought planners and politicians together to makeover the town with smart growth principles.

The plan is projected to add 9,800 new residential units and 5.69 million square feet of commercial space.

Eugene L. Mayer writes: "Developers will be allowed higher densities than current zoning permits, in return for providing more amenities and also by paying farmers in the county's 93,000-acre rural preserve to keep their land in agriculture. They would be required to finance infrastructure improvements through the creation of a tax district."

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