Those three properties, mostly undeveloped but not in preservation, comprise nearly 1,500 acres.
Watson voted against that map on the grounds of "fairness" She said the three unpreserved properties were lumped in with those whose owners had given up development rights, and cited an email to the council from Sr. Rose Marie Jasinski of Bon Secours, asking that their property be taken out of that designation.
Larry Kaskel, operations director at the Bon Secours center, said there are buildings on only about six of the 312 acres there, and no plans to develop the rest. Still, he said the center would like to at least preserve their development rights for the future.
Fox's legislation would allow them to do that. It would put those three properties into the so-called Tier III, which corresponds to the county's rural residential zone. Zoning in that 32,330 acres is meant to encourage large lot subdivisions on septic systems.
But Watson said the Fox bill would not necessarily win her vote, as it "doesn't address other concerns" she has about the amended map. She declined to say what those are.
"I want to give the process a chance to work between the executive and the council," said Watson, who said she had been in touch with Ulman and members of his staff by phone and email. "I just want to respect the process. Right now we're starting over."
She spoke by phone this past week while heading down to Cambridge for the three-day Maryland Association of Counties winter conference in Cambridge, on the Eastern Shore. All five council members and Ulman were expected to converge on the waterfront setting, where they expect to talk about this legislation.
Fox said he had no contact with Ulman since the veto, and did not see the point of starting over on a process that began in the summer.
"I don't know what it gains us," said Fox.
Ulman was not saying if he had turned any votes his way.
Reached on his way to Cambridge, he said "myself and members of my staff are having good, positive conversations" with council members.
"I'm optimistic," he said. "There's been a willingness by a majority of the council to engage with us."