April 9, 1997
What does Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening's "smart growth" plan mean for Washington County? It's probably too early to tell now, but if local officials can quickly line up some quality projects, they might be able to define the bill's role in development across the state. The "smart growth" bill was Glendening's attempt to deal with what he's come to believe is unaffordable sprawl development. His predecessor, Gov. William D. Schaefer, tried to do much the same thing with the 2020 growth plan, but lawmakers rejected its attempt to give the state planners veto power over all local land-use decisions.
February 9, 1997
By GUY FLETCHER Staff Writer ANNAPOLIS - Of all the proposals being pushed this year by Gov. Parris N. Glendening, the one that could have the most impact on Washington County is his so-called smart growth plan, which could touch everyone from farmers to homeowners to industry. But whether the effects will be good or bad depends on who you ask. "There will be a significant beneficial impact," Hagerstown Mayor Steven T. Sager said. "The more I hear about it, the less I like it," said Del. J. Anita Stup, R-Frederick/Washington.