Thank you for your question regarding .htaccess rewrite. It sounds like the .htaccess is affecting the folders below it, you can avoid this by creating a new .htaccess file in the /dev folder, and turning the rewrite engine off in the new .htaccess.
This will cause the new .htaccess to override the rules created in the original one.
If you have any further questions, feel free to post them below.
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