Two important principles are at odds in the current debate over Baltimore County’s practice of waiving fees for certain development projects. The first, and perhaps most important given the county’s checkered past with undue political influence, is the concern that such a system is inherently suspect. Developers are, after all, the most deep-pocketed and motivated of special interests at the county level. What’s to prevent them from essentially bribing their way to preferred status with sizable political campaign contributions?
Opinion: In Baltimore County, transparency is the key to properly regulating development
June 8, 2022