You are right about Fairfax and Loudoun Counties. I lived in Prince William (Manassas) from 94-00 and Loudoun (Leesburg) from 00-02. What I saw made me sick of the governing officials. They subdivided all their land just before passing very strict development laws. Granted, the curbs were needed, but doing what they did was underhanded.
Would a local mish mash been better? Maybe, but you would end up with Townships that over develop amongst those that curb it. Plus it is harder for a small township to defend itself against corporate giants (look at Wal-Mart in Windsor Township right now).
Redundancy in schools is bad. I don’t think the county would be a bad level to manage it on. It would save a fortune. As far as what to teach, leave that up to the State since they mandate the requirements today anyway. There should not be interpretation going on by closed door groups.
What the Dover board did was irresponsible. They knew there would be a legal fight. They intentionally made the move knowing they had free representation. But there will still be costs. If nothing else, just the time wasted litigating. They could have held an open debate and put it out for vote.
I like local control of zoning still. It gives us some say in our future. I just wish the state would quit meddling with local control and quit trying to take away with things like ACRE. In it’s original form, we would have had no control at all regarding large agricultural operations. We might not now either but the law has less teeth.