Rockville and Gaithersburg are nearly identical in many ways, and usually get along. But they aren’t happy with each other right now, as they fight over who a property located in the narrow swath of unincorporated land between them. This fight shows how long-term planning works and why it is important.
The crux of their disagreement is that Gaithersburg’s decision to annex a piece of land near the Rockville border that Rockville has never annexed itself, but to which Rockville thinks it is entitled. The land is south of Shady Grove Road, which many people think of as the unofficial boundary between the two cities.
But what people think of unofficially is not the law. There are actually laws on the books that govern how annexation works. When the dust settles, Gaithersburg is going to win this fight, because Gaithersburg has proactively thought about its long-term planning needs, while Rockville has been strictly reactive.
[Continue reading Dan Malouff’s post at BeyondDC.]
Dan Malouff is an Arlington County transportation planner who blogs independently at BeyondDC.com. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.