King County Executive Ron Sims' proposed revisions to thecounty's 1994 Comprehensive Plan, which will guide every land-useand government management decision during the coming six years, isintended to protect rural areas. But protestors say that the newprovisions will limit their ability to construct adequately sizedchurches and private schools and is discriminating because itdoesn't apply to public schools. The proposed revisions would alsostop large-scale commercial developments such as shopping centersin an effort to meet the sprawl-stopping agenda Sims has set forthe county.

Though county officials have said that they will consideradjusting the proposed size limit for non-residential buildings,they stress that any such adjustments will be minor. The revisionsshould be formally adopted next month, when the County Council isscheduled to vote on a final version of the comprehensive planrevision.

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