Put the development where the municipal services already exist.
That seems to be the guiding principle behind a proposed new comprehensive plan for Jefferson County, W.Va., that would concentrate new development in a "townscape" area around Charles Town and Ranson. But planners need to look harder at ways to encourage farming to continue.
To encourage preservation of land in designated rural areas, the proposed plan would only allow cluster developments at a rate of one home per five acres.
Lee Snyder, a member of Citizens for Economic Preservation, correctly notes that most homeowners don't want to care for five-acre lots and that such a rule will only use up the land more quickly.