Montgomery County Council members -- from left, Craig Rice, George Leventhal, Roger Berliner, Marc Elrich, Nancy Floreen, Tom Hucker, Sidney Katz, Nancy Navarro and Hans Riemer — are sworn in on Dec. 1, 2014, in Rockville. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

Paul M. Bessel correctly said many residents of Montgomery County think they are not properly represented by the current Montgomery County Council ["Does the Montgomery County Council need to change?" Local Opinions, Sept. 3]. However, he neglected to identify one of the principal reasons that individuals throughout the county feel poorly served.

Dissatisfaction is largely attributable to land-use decisions that consistently benefit developers and ignore residents' concerns. Council members continue to approve high-density projects without efforts to mitigate increased traffic congestion, school crowding and loss of green space.

The County Council's structure ensures that developers will continue to drive land-use decisions. At-large members are far less likely to consider citizen input when they neither reside in nor are directly accountable to those living in the specific districts affected by their rulings. Elimination of at-large seats is an important step if the County Council is to provide equitable representation of all who call Montgomery County home.

Marilyn R. Block, North Bethesda