The controversial land-use plan known as PlanMaryland continues to spark debate. Ballard Spahr attorney Jon Laria, who serves as Chairman of the Sustainable Growth Commission, has been involved with the plan since the O’Malley administration started working on it.

“To me, PlanMaryland is not such a big deal with what it achieves,” Laria said. “What it signals is the state is going to take the lead on this process.”