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Reasons to control growth Carroll County: Exempting some lots from adequate-facilities standards can work.

THE FLAP OVER Carroll County Commissioner W. Benjamin Brown's private meeting to seek an acceptable compromise with the development community on building of recorded lots was much ado about nothing.

But it reminds Carroll County of the problems inherent in a commissioner form of government, where all three commissioners wear both executive and legislative hats. Such a meeting wouldn't have been a problem under a charter form of government, where those important powers are divided. And for all the criticism of Mr. Brown's methods, commissioners Richard T. Yates and Donald I. Dell indicate they are in general agreement with the proposal that came out of that meeting.

The issue...