Pipkin Heads Anti-Plan Panel

A group of local, county, and state politicians from some of Maryland’s more rural areas met in Annapolis to come up with a way to stop the governor from implementing his Plan Maryland, which would enact new rules concerning development projects in the state. The meeting was led by State Senator EJ Pipkin, who says the new rules will essentially mean an end to development in the state’s lesser populated areas. During last week’s special session, Pipkin tried to pass a measure that would have required legislative approval of Plan Maryland before it took effect. He says he will try again when lawmakers meet in January. The governor’s office says Plan Maryland will mean more than a billion dollars a year in infrastructure savings. Others argue it will strip zoning authority away from local governments.