October 9, 2000
Growth management is too politically correct in this politically powerful area
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 not served by public transportation.
Another growth management shortcoming is not recognized by those county officials who brag about 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