CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — An Allegany County official says a legal battle over the hotly disputed Terrapin Run housing development in rural western Maryland may be coming to an end.

The Cumberland Times-News reports that County Attorney William Rudd says the developer is trying to sell the 935-acre site near the Green Ridge State Forest.

The County commissioners agreed Thursday to drop their lawsuit against the state departments of planning and environment to enable developer Terrapin Run LLC to sell off the property.

The plan for hundreds of new homes 25 miles east of Cumberland helped trigger a state law in 2009 that strengthened Maryland’s “smart growth” policies.

Smart growth aims to reduce urban sprawl by steering new development to areas with existing infrastructure.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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