Anne Arundel County could lose as many as 44,866 acres of farm and forest lands during the next 30 years under existing land-use practices, state planners say.

Their estimates show 89,290 of the county's 269,000 acres are already developed.

Unless the state and county change their policies for controlling growth, an additional 23,159 acres of farmland and 21,707 acres of forest will be developed by 2020, said Ronald M. Kreitner, director of the Maryland Office of Planning.

Proposals by the Governor's Commission on Growth in the Chesapeake Bay Region will be discussed at a workshop at 7 tonight in the Glen Burnie Improvement Association meeting hall on Crain Highway.

The workshop is one of four sponsored around the state by the Citizens Campaign for the Environment to explain the proposals, said Barbara Taylor, executive director of Maryland Save Our Streams.

After more than a year's deliberations, the commission is preparing to submit proposed legislation to the governor and General Assembly to control growth statewide.

Although environmentalists generally applaud the commission's goals, few are certain what impact the proposals could have.

"The process the commission used to prepare the report gave the public little opportunity to participate," said Taylor, noting that only one public hearing has been called. "Because (the General Assembly session) is just a couple of weeks away, that's very little time for any real public education."

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