4-15-11: Smart Growth Held at Bay?
Two phrases you hear often in terms of environmental preservation in Maryland are “smart growth” and “pollution diet.” The first is Maryland’s nearly two-decade old anti-sprawl strategy of concentrating development around dense housing areas and existing transportation. The second is the Environmental Protection Agency’s new strategy to prevent run-off and clean up the Chesapeake Bay.
Some smart growth advocates say the pollution diet is making their job harder. It’s the topic of a session at a conference this weekend in Montgomery County that intends to “rethink the suburbs.”
Jason Dubow will be presenting there tomorrow about “smart growth” and EPA’s “pollution diet.” He’s the manager of the water resources unit at the Maryand Department of Planning, and today he tells Sheilah about how his department is trying to reconcile the two initiatives.
“Makeover Montgomery: Innovative Strategies for Rethinking America’s Suburbs” runs through Saturday in College Park and Silver Spring.