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The Chairman of the Tuolumne County Supervisors planning committee hopes Thursday will be the day the committee finishes its work on new regulations for so-called “big box” retail stores, like Wal Mart or Home Depot.

Chairman Dick Pland says the controversial 60,000 square-foot limit has already been adopted by the committee.

On Thursday the committee will be talking about, among other things, development agreements and requirements for landscaping around the “big box” stores.

Pland says its hard to tell when the proposal will reach the full Board of Supervisors, but he adds it probably won´t be until early next year. After the committee adopts its version of the rules, the proposal would have to then make its way through Tuolumne County’s four planning commissions.

The rules would not apply to companies that have already submitted proposals.