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State's Growth Management Act 1/20/2011
Douglas County Commissioners say they would support legislation that would allow them to opt out of the State’s Growth Management Act.

A bill that was introduced this week makes provisions for counties to opt out of the Growth Management Act, if they meet certain population requirements. Commissioner Steve Jenkins says the legislation is being considered as a cost-saving measure.

Commissioners say the intent of the bill is to restore representative government to the county commission with regard to land use and planning. Commissioner Ken Stanton says he’d support the legislation or possibly a restructuring of GMA to remove the “one-size-fits-all” approach to growth planning.

According to House representative Mike Armstrong, Douglas County would qualify under the bill as an opt-out county. The GMA Opt Out bill had its first hearing yesterday afternoon by the House Committee on Local Government.

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