Judge Protects Green Ridge State Forest from Residential Development
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by Sam White |
Anti-Sprawl Organizers Fight Huge Development in Allegany County
The proposed 4,300 unit development near Green Ridge State Forest in Allegany County was dealt a setback in early May, bringing great news to anti-sprawl activists throughout Maryland. A decision to grant a residential zoning exception to the development planned for an agriculture zoning area by Allegany Countys zoning commission was remanded to them by Circuit Court Judge Gary Leasure.
Judge Leasure found that the development was not in harmony with the countys comprehensive zoning plan. The zoning commissions decision was appealed in court by Citizens for Smart Growth, a well-organized group of local citizens which includes some Sierra Club members.The Western Maryland Group is seeking volunteers for the ExCom. Anyone interested should contact Sam White, at 301-264-4162 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; or Mark Diehl at email@example.com or 301-724-6238.
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