Opinion

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.


Maxine Keesling


Woodinville

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