Mr. Young doesn't disagree that this plan might increase the population of the metropolitan areas. After all, that is the idea of Smart Growth to guide development to where the infrastructure is already in place instead of gobbling up more open space and increasing sprawl. But to suggest that the plan's purpose is political is a wee bit silly.
Mr. Young assumes that newcomers attracted to the metropolitan areas will automatically vote in line with their liberal Democratic neighbors. That is just plain illogical. Or might Mr. Young's motivation for opposition be politically driven?