This Month In County History

1984's Patuxent River Policy Plan

April 08, 2005

The County Council unanimously approved in 1984 a controversial plan to regulate development in the Patuxent River watershed.

The council, recognizing the strong opposition from developers, the county executive and farmers, amended the bill with a resolution calling for "additional consideration, public review and local approval."

The Patuxent River Policy Plan was a 10-point land management strategy that concentrated on preventing pollution carried by runoff from reaching the Patuxent River. It called for establishing a "primary management area" along the river and its tributaries to identify development that is likely to create runoff - and minimize development in the area.

Other counties that had approved the plan were Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Montgomery and St. Mary's.

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