At the public hearing, I and numerous others from across the county, not only from the Wheatfield neighborhood, implored the committee to leave Wheatfield's voting district together with its Ellicott City neighbors. While Columbia is a wonderful place to visit for its shopping, Symphony of Lights at Christmastime, and the incomparable Merriweather Post Pavilion, its local issues and challenges are vastly different from those of my Ellicott City neighborhood. Columbia is a quasi-city, with significant challenges of mixed-use development, transportation options and making village centers viable as places of commerce. Ellicott City, on the other hand, has issues surrounding a suburban community: protecting farmland and green spaces, limiting commercial and residential development, seeking creative solutions for affordable housing and upkeep of the network of roads feeding routes 100, 29 and 70. Both communities are wonderful and beautiful, but face vastly different issues to which our elected officials must respond.