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Opponents to a land use plan for the Lake Maumelle watershed, scheduled for a Pulaski Quorum Court vote last week have grown frantic in opposition. The latest development is a "compromise" plan with some controls, but far less than the ordinance would provide.

The Arkansas Farm Bureau floated general elements of the compromise in advance of committee meetings Tuesday on the ordinances. They would list prohibited uses in the watershed; set aside 25 percent of the land as open space and put buffer zones along creeks. Period. The Farm Bureau has also joined with Republican official opposition in starting a new talking point – that unpaved roads are the real source of potential pollution in the watershed and perhaps a taxpayer-financed plan could be developed to pave them all. That wouldn't hurt majority landowner Deltic Timber, the Chenal Valley developer, one bit.

There was also this: In building opposition, the Farm Bureau said it was joined by the League of Women Voters and Citizens Protecting Maumelle watershed in opposition. Wrong and/or misleading. The League wants more than currently proposed, but president Nell Matthews said it supported the proposed plans and will work to improve them after adoption. A member of the Citizens Protecting group said the Farm Bureau was wrong "on many levels."

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