Benedict Arnold

Councilman plans override effort on South County vetoes

Anne Arundel County Councilman Jerry Walker plans to attempt to override several vetoes issued by County Executive John R. Leopold on a rezoning bill for the southern portion of the county.

Leopold vetoed 16 amendments Tuesday to the rezoning bill that sought to allow intensified development in some of the county's most rural areas, including south of Route 214, an unofficial line of demarcation for development. All but one of the vetoes affected South County.

"I was surprised there were so many" vetoes, said Walker, a Republican, who shepherded the bill through the County Council, which passed it unanimously. Five votes on the seven-member council are needed for...