The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday formally adopted tighter growth regulations affecting 250,000 of the county's rural acres.
The County Commissioners voted 3-2 to adopt a new zoning map, a comprehensive planning map and text changes to the county's Zoning Ordinance.
In a nutshell, the action means fewer homes are allowed per acre in rural areas.
Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook and commissioners James F. Kercheval and Doris J. Nipps supported the zoning changes, known as the county's rezoning plan.
Commissioners Vice President William J. Wivell and Commissioner John C. Munson voted against the changes.
The vote was the same as a July 12 decision, in which the commissioners agreed to support the rezoning plan.
The rezoning plan, which is part of the county's Comprehensive Plan, reduces the number of homes allowed in rural areas and attempts to direct growth to areas that have the resources such as water, sewer, road and school capacities to handle it.