Why Is It Important To Plan For The Long Term?
Maryland is experiencing unprecedented challenges of population increase, loss of farmland and forests, impacts on natural and water resources, and deterioration of older communities and infrastructure like roads and water supply. Development patterns heavily reliant on autos have contributed to a rise in heart disease and obesity in adults and children, made driving in congested traffic routine, and accelerated energy consumption. In combination with unprecedented national and global issues like climate change and soaring energy costs, these issues will increasingly influence how we manage land and development. Ineffective responses will allow further degradation of precious resources fundamental to quality of life in Maryland. These are a few reasons that we need better and more coordinated state, local and private sector strategies to chart a course for the long-term.