Land Stewardship Solutions, LLC


We need a new philosophy about rural lands

In the past few decades, there has been a recognition that residential sprawl is bad for cities and towns, bad for traffic, and bad for the environment. Smart growth programs have focused on preserving farmland, concentrating new residential development in…

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Just Like Making Sausage

German aristocrat and statesman Otto von Bismarck is often quoted as saying “If you like laws and sausages, you should never watch either one being made.” The same might be said about making tier maps. In 2012, the state required…

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Workgroup Recommendations Receive Warm Reception from Commissioners

Sometimes it takes a different approach to make progress on a tough issue.  Our six-person workgroup was asked to present a status report to the Charles County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, March 4th, and I was asked to speak for…

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Trying to Achieve Consensus in Charles County

Charles County has been working to complete a revision to its comprehensive plan for the last year and adopt a tier map which will determine where major subdivisions may be developed. Things have become very contentious. In January, three members…

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I did not “plan” to be a planner!  When I graduated from college, I took up farming.  I was oblivious to the fact that while I was in college (of course, deeply immersed in my math books) Calvert County had…

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