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Anne Arundel exec proposes rural conservation area

Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh has proposed legislation creating a “rural conservation line” he said will protect environmentally sensitive areas.

The legislation will be proposed to both the Anne Arundel County Council and the Maryland General Assembly. If approved it would require a supermajority vote of the council to upzone property in the Rural Conservation area. It would also stipulate that 40 percent of the county remain in the Rural Conservation Area.

“Our existing array of preservation and conservation tools are no match for the economic forces that are driving development,” Schuh said in a news release. “Our rural conservation line legislation will help address the long term problem of over-development in our county.”

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