I don't think this piece states anywhere that semi rural areas should be urbanised? There certainly are different definitions of 'urban planning' however I think the author here clearly states that his desire for urban planning is a return to focus on the people; and you seem to concur with this sentiment. A focus on the people offers a range of lifestyle options, which doesn't dictate how people live but rather accommodates the mixture. If you object to urban planning efforts in your neighbourhood I suggest making having constructive (not aggressive) interactions with these 'self-appointed people with control issues'. You might be pleasantly surprised :)
A great piece, I thoroughly enjoyed and agree! It's so true, many cities have the theory in place, but not the political conviction/finances/whatever to follow through.