What Are The Costs?
The costs associated with land-use patterns as we know them are many. The pressure on taxpayers to pay for roads and utilities to serve an ever spreading metropolitan core is unsustainable, at a time when systems put in a half-century or more ago are coming to the end of their useful life and need replacement. Concepts such as green living and energy conservation weren't part of the debate a half-century or more ago, but they're very much on the minds of people now. If we continue to consume land for new development without greater regard for the overall impact and at the current pace, Maryland is on track to add about 560,000 acres of new developed land by 2030.