Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Ulman Pushes Green Development

County exec Ulman kicks off his legislative push for what WaPo calls "eco-friendly" development and the Sun dubs "green" buildings. The actual details are hard to come by; the legislation is still being drafted. But the stories say the plan is to give developers tax breaks, speedier approval processes and other incentives if they build in a more environmentally sensitive way and keep energy conservation in mind.

Green development may sound like an oxymoron, but the coverage hints that the legislation will curb McMansions, excessively paved cul-de-sacs, and other suburban scourges. The new rules may also allow developers throughout the county to compete for some annual housing allocations currently set aside for the west, allowing more development in our parts.

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