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Growth management the culprit
The sardined-cities/pristine-countryside growth management
advocates must have jump-clicked their heels in glee when the National Marine
Fisheries Service (NMFS) told this state to drop Interstate 405 expansion
plans due to potential fish harm.
NMFS spokesman Brian Gorman's comment about
growth causing serious problems unless handled "in a green way" ties in
beautifully with the non-profit advocacy Washington Public Interest
Research Group's recent report stating that road construction causes
urban/suburban sprawl. However, growth management itself in King County has resulted
in that sprawl. Sky-high prices for the single-family homes desired by
those with children are caused by extreme growth-management
environmental regulations (which are becoming more extreme under NMFS) and by
growth management's manipulation of land supply, which does not meet the
housing demand. Consequently we have ever more traffic congestion as
people drive to far-out, cheaper areas unserved by public transportation.
Another growth management shortcoming is not recognized
by those county officials who brag about the explosive job growth here.
While housing goals are unmet, jobs have far exceeded their goal, which is
the equivalent of placing pots of honey where there are no bee hives.
Growth management is too politically correct in this politically
powerful Puget Sound area to be significantly modified. But never think
that growth management is a success for the large population segment
unable to afford the home of their choice in King County.