Sunday, December 11, 2005

Residents call for end to 'opaque' county planning

Covering the Clarksburg Town Center scandal, the Washington Post reports that several residents have found the Planning Board staff to be "responsive and helpful" to their concerns about sleazy relationships between developers and county officials.

"However, they said, the development application process seemed designed to serve the needs of politically influential developers rather than the people who will live near their new shopping centers and subdivisions," according to the Post.

One resident shared the concerns of the Seven Locks community when she said, "There's a perception that citizens are on the outside and can't really participate."

The Post headline is "A Call For End to 'Opaque' Planning."