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by Sam White | 2006

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 County’s zoning commission was remanded  to them by Circuit Court Judge Gary Leasure.

Judge Leasure found that the development was not “in harmony with” the county’s comprehensive zoning plan. The zoning commission’s 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; or Mark Diehl at or 301-724-6238.

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