As reported June 7, 1989 in The Howard Sun:
Home builders in the western, rural county, like their counterparts in the more heavily developed eastern county, will be required to leave a portion of their land for public use.
The County Council passed the controversial measure by a 4-0 vote.
The proposal, sponsored by Councilwoman Angela M. Beltram, D-2nd, says developers in the rural district must set aside 5 percent of their property as public open space when they subdivide the land. That will make the county's building requirements more equitable, since developers in all residential districts but rural must designate between 6 to 30 percent of the land open space, Ms. Beltram said.
"It can save a lot of open space out there," she said. "Eventually we'll be glad to have something out there that's not set aside for development."