Other Affiliation: Legislative Analyst, Montgomery County Council, Montgomery County, MD
Many rural areas at the suburban fringe are under pressure for development. Residents of these areas often advocate measures to preserve the rustic quality that make the areas so distinctive. The most common way is to establish agricultural zoning over the rural area or, alternatively, to zone it for a very low residential density, such as one home every twenty acres. A newer technique is to inaugurate a program to transfer development rights (TDR) from rural to urban locations.