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Western Md. County Seeks PlanMaryland Exemption

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OAKLAND, Md. (AP) — A rural county in western Maryland is asking the administration of Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley to exempt extremely slow-growing counties from proposed regulations for curbing urban sprawl.

The Garrett County Commissioners adopted a resolution Tuesday recommending that counties with less than 1 percent population growth over the last decade be exempt from PlanMaryland. Such a provision would apply to Garrett and Allegany counties, according to the 2010 census.

The commissioners are also joining a number of counties in asking the state to defer the adoption of PlanMaryland for one year.

The state Department of Planning has said it will submit a final version of the regulations to O’Malley by mid-November.

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

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