A measure to change the selection process for Baltimore County's Planning Board might have less to do with concerns about planning generally and more to do with opposition to mixed-use development that would include affordable housing, says a county resident who writes about law and local government issues.

As Baltimore households continue to get smaller, a commitment to building more housing to accommodate this trend is the best way to turn around the city’s declining population, say a consultant on vacancy and blight reduction and the president of an organization working to help rebuild Baltimore neighborhoods.