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New proposal added to mix as council again considers land-use map

The landscape of Howard County's "rural west" — the chunk of the county roughly west of Route 108 and Centennial Lane — is set for the moment, and most owners hold the right to develop their land, or not, as they wish.

This could change, though, depending on the outcome of discussions that have been going on behind the scenes in county government.

The debate could emerge at the County Council on Monday, as the panel takes up its disagreement with County Executive Ken Ulman's administration regarding development rights in that area, 94,201 acres that make up nearly 60 percent of all the county's land.

The west's representative on the council, Greg Fox, filed the...