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County Executive Leopold Acts to Keep South County Rural by Vetoing 16 Zoning Amendments

Council actions violate sound planning principles

Annapolis, MD (August 23, 2011) - County Executive John R. Leopold today vetoed 16 zoning amendments passed by the County Council, calling the changes a "flagrant violation of the principles of the General Development Plan and the Small Area Plans that proceeded it."

"`Keep South County Rural’ is not just a slogan. It is the guiding principle for how we preserve the character of our communities into the future," County Executive Leopold said. "I stand with the communities who have worked hard to protect their farms, streams and neighborhoods. 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."

County Executive Leopold has been consistent throughout the comprehensive rezoning process. In May, he vetoed four zoning amendments that would affect West County and North County. Today’s vetoes are for Annapolis and South County.

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