Brown claimed that the changes better unify subject areas in the same committee, like putting the environment with transportation and public works. There is indeed a lot of linkage, and those all were part of the same committee, under Jim Graham, before 2008.

But that’s almost the only case where Brown’s claim fits. He’s keeping the Office of Zoning in the Committee of the Whole, while moving planning to Wells’ committee. Planning and zoning go together like peas and carrots. In Montgomery County, they put planning and zoning together with the environment; that would have made even more sense and a great committee for Mary Cheh.

[Continue reading David Alpert’s post at Greater Greater Washington.]

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