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Iowa Caucus

Forum led by Carroll County debates state's PlanMaryland proposal

A panel of experts on environmental and growth issues offered criticism Monday of Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposed statewide smart-growth strategy at an Oct. 31 forum — organized by Carroll County and attended by more than 100 people from some of the most rural parts of the state.

Speakers accused state officials of inflating statistics and muddying facts to better make a case for PlanMaryland, a proposal which would designate targeted growth areas in Maryland.

George Frigon, an environmental consultant and wasterwater treatment expert, criticized PlanMaryland for what he said was a false assumption that "people who live on two acres poop more than people who live in...