Jon Laria, Managing Partner of Ballard Spahr’s Baltimore office, serves as Co-Chair of the 28-member task force appointed by Gov. Martin O'Malley to curb septic systems in Maryland. The task force has come up with something far more sweeping—a “roadmap” to future growth in the state designed to rein in the metastasis of sprawl into the countryside.

The task force said it hoped the roadmap will change the way counties and municipalities look at planning growth.