Glen Urquhart: Less Federal Government? Not While He Was Heading the NCPC

In 1988, Glen Urquhart, the head of the National Capital Planning Commission, was lobbying hard to increase his powers into a larger region. Under “Urquhart’s legislative proposal”, the scope of his Commission would expand radically to reach far outside of the District of Columbia and into neighboring counties.

Urquhart’s proposal was met with skepticism. The Washington Post reported that, “officials throughout the region questioned the need for a federal planning czar.” Arlington’s director of community planning thought the proposal would add more layers of bureaucracy to the system.

Another DC official declared that Urquhart’s proposal, “may have brought on a war between itself {the NCPC} and the local governments.”

Urquhart, whose jurisdiction with the NCPC was the District of Columbia, wanted his authority to spread out farther from DC to include six additional counties in Virginia and Maryland, a vast increase in the scope of his agency.

Paris Glendening called Urquhart’s agency “very heavy handed” and said, “Any expansion of {NCPC} power that would give more opportunities for the same heavy-handedness would not be welcome.”

Fellow Commission member Fred Green said, “The notion of this federal commission becoming a guardian of local interests defied logic.”

Urquhart’s proposal was not adopted.

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6 Responses to Glen Urquhart: Less Federal Government? Not While He Was Heading the NCPC

  1. Tennessee Walker says:

    “The notion of this federal commission becoming a guardian of local interests defied logic.”

    Does it really defy logic when the area Urquhart wanted under his control was also the area where he conducted his development business???

    • Picayune says:

      Ah, now it all makes sense. Not only did he want to expand the scope of government, he wanted to do it to help his own business.

      I wonder if anyone that comes before Vance Phillips on Sussex County Council will be treated differently if they do not support Glen Urquhart for Congress?

  2. anon2 says:

    Since you are so good at getting the “official” scoop maybe you can find out what Mr. Urquhart was complaining about when he said one example of government “over regulation” was the $10,000 it cost him when he was ordered to clean cow manure out of a pond when he sold his dairy farm for residential development? Love to know what that was about.

    • Tennessee Walker says:

      Seems as if I guy who is willing to spend close to $600,000 non tax deductible dollars to run for office wouldn’t worry that much about $10,000 tax deductible dollars.

      • anon2 says:

        You’re right. Hard to figure. I’d just like to know what the manure in the pond deal was all about. Apparently the EPA or somebody said get the shit out of the pond so it is safe for a residential neighborhood, Urquhart thought that was big government picking on small business or something?

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