I support development when it’s done right and oppose it when it’s done poorly. It is a question of how, not whether, we will grow. Truly smart growth requires investment in schools, roads and transit, and development within widely accepted walkable distances to transit. Too often, those principles haven’t been followed in Montgomery County, and I have been proud to stand with residents who raise concerns about school crowding and traffic congestion that inevitably follow bad planning. I voted for a number of the county’s master plans over the years that weren’t perfect but that accommodated enough concerns for us to move forward.
I support I-270 reversible lanes, MARC expansion and the bus rapid transit system I have been working to get into the county’s master plans for years. These projects are essential for new development.
Marc Elrich, Takoma Park
The writer is a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Montgomery County executive.