Mr. Oliver has said that councilmanic courtesy should not apply to Wegmans, and we agree with him. The county has invested millions in the Metro Centre development, and the approval of a major project nearby that could affect its success is of countywide interest. But he seems not to have seen things that way when he proposed a major loosening of the rules for Metro Centre itself. He introduced legislation that would have allowed the developer, David S. Brown Enterprises, to make the project much denser and taller, with less parking and less open space. Metro Centre is, as the name implies, a transit-oriented development and as such warrants some flexibility on those standards, but Mr. Oliver's proposal went much too far, particularly by removing opportunities for public input and government review.