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Question of the Day: MoCo Growth Rules

The Montgomery Council has started debating new rules for development in the county. The Washington Post asked some county residents what they want from revised growth regulations. You can see what they said here.

Now, it's your turn. What's the most important growth issue to you? How should the council address it? Post your comments here, and we'll use Maryland Moment for a discussion among readers

-- Anne Bartlett, Maryland politics editor

By Anne Bartlett  |  October 2, 2007; 9:00 AM ET
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The most important growth issue is what is the council going to do about the $1,500 annual for 30 years development district tax being imposed on thousands of my neighbors in Clarksburg. This "tax" was not disclosed to any buyers there and is now depressing property values and indeed preventing home sales.

Posted by: Robin Ficker of Robin Realty | October 2, 2007 9:28 AM | Report abuse

the most important thing is that poor minorities are provided free or low income housing in the most expensive parts of the county to better improve the multicultural experience in the county. Some tract housing there around Congressional Country Club would be a good start.

Posted by: mix it up | October 2, 2007 4:59 PM | Report abuse

If you are going to saddle the people of Clarksburg with all the costs of growth after they moved here knowing they would not have to pay them, here is another idea. The most costly "growth," in an older community is the $100,000,000 cost of "fixing-up," the older local high school. Northwood, Blair, Whitman, BCC, Walter Johnson, Rockville, Richard Montgomery. Why should people of Clarksburg have to pay the costs of those schools. Perhaps the cost of any school "repairs," should be paid by the citizens who live within that school's area.

Posted by: Robin Ficker of Robin Realty | October 3, 2007 4:36 AM | Report abuse

Growth limitations are the ultimate Leftist coup: you get to pat yourself on the back for being "Green" while keeping property prices high enough so those poor undesireables can't move in next door to you.

Posted by: Rufus | October 3, 2007 10:53 AM | Report abuse

The most important growth issue is illegal overcrowding of housing, primarily by illegal aliens. The policies of the Montgomery County Council and Ike Leggett (and Doug Duncan) have made Montgomery County into a magnet for unskilled, illegal aliens. The illegals are willing to live in third world housing conditions so that they can undercut the pricing of legitimate workers. The Council's and the County Executive's policies must change or the county will be completely overrun with illegal aliens who pay litte or no taxes which will ultimately cause the citizens to pay so much in taxes that Montgomery County will be a community of only the ultra-rich and the ultra-poor.

Posted by: Jennifer | October 3, 2007 12:48 PM | Report abuse

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