Despite what the Washington Post characterized as "vehement opposition," Maryland's governor has used an executive order to create the state's first long-term plan for smart growth. According to the Post, opponents described this end run around the legislature as war on rural Maryland and "the height of arrogance." As a sign of the times, the governor denied a) this being part of a UN plan, b) an alien-implanted chip steering his behavior, and c) taking this as a directive from the recently deceased Kim Jong Il.
Since his 2nd term began in 2011, he still appears to have some time to joust with the legislature as they try to undo or alter this decision. But it can be hard to implement a long-term plan like this if it really turns out to be widely unpopular.