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.
April 28, 2010, 12pm PDT | Tim Halbur
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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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Published on Wednesday, April 28, 2010 in The New York Times
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