Leopold announced Tuesday that he had vetoed 16 amendments to the comprehensive rezoning bill for South County and Annapolis, which the council passed unanimously last week. Leopold called the amendments in question a "flagrant violation of the principles of the General Development Plan and the Small Area Plans that proceeded it."
"I stand with the communities who have worked hard to protect their farms, streams and neighborhoods," Leopold, a Republican, said in a statement. "Many of the proposed zoning changes are irresponsible spot zoning. Enacting these changes would start a domino effect of rezoning requests to commercialize a rural district."
The council needs five votes to override the vetoes.