- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Guidelines in the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ Region Forward plan aim to concentrate new-home development near Metro stations. Very few detached homes would be built (and even fewer would go for an affordable price for the middle class). Loudoun County has already codified this “smart-growth” land planning, which explains why it had to bring the pricey Silver Line into the county.

The housing choice for many future Loudouners will be directed to high-density Transit Oriented Villages adjacent to Metrorail’s Silver Line. Why? Because public water and sewer lines, necessary for traditional middle-class subdivisions, are banned in most of the county, where restrictive large-lot-only zoning favors the wealthy.

Local land-use law prevents builders from building middle-class detached homes. Instead, they must build to satisfy preservationists. That is what “smart growth” is really all about.

ROSE ELLEN RAY

Leesburg, Va.