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Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.

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Land Use Accountability Project

The Center for Public Integrity is launching its Land Use Accountability Project this week, focusing on the role of money and politics in land use and development decisions affecting America’s open spaces. Our first series looks at three communities in the Mid-Atlantic region facing visible growing pains: Loudoun County, the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and the exurban area outside Philadelphia, including Bucks County.

The Center’s goal is to expand the discussion of local land-use issues to make this a truly national story, where the experiences of these Mid-Atlantic communities are coupled with other communities throughout the country. To that end, the Center will be covering development stories nationwide involving small communities and developers and the challenges of protecting our national heritage while permitting appropriate growth.  

The writer who concentrated on Loudoun County is a former co-worker of mine, Dusty Smith. Dusty and I worked at Leesburg Today together, where he covered Loudoun County government and I was the deputy editor who also covered public safety. He has been working on this project since I was hired here in November 2006.  

You can read his articles here and here.