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After Tuesday's meeting, the board began its annual two-day summit to discuss the county's land-use plan and budget.

The board decided what Chairman Bunkey Morgan called two "hot button" issues: conditional zoning and the 10/70 rule. In November, about 150 residents criticized both at a commissioners meeting.

The board agreed to keep its current quasi-judicial process for reviewing development proposals. Board members are prohibited from talking to developers and citizens outside a public hearing. Conditional zoning would have allowed board members to speak about projects behind closed doors.

The board, however, did agree to change the application process for developers by requiring a citizens input meeting as part of the development plan. Most citizens at the November meeting requested such a change.

The board also agreed to drop the proposed 10/70 rule for commercial use, but asked the planning board to look into allowing it for government purposes. The 10/70 rule would allow as much as 10 percent of land in some watershed areas to be filled in with as much as 70 percent impervious surfaces, such as pavement and roofs. The government exception would allow for public projects, such as park and ride lots.

The summit continues today at 10:15 a.m. in the Dunlap Building, next to the district courthouse on East Street.

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