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Ulman vetoes Howard County’s growth tiers law

In his first veto since he was elected in 2006, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman on Thursday vetoed legislation passed by the Howard County Council earlier this month to define so-called “growth tiers,” or levels of development that will be permitted in various areas of the county.

Ulman said the growth tiers map adopted by the council was insufficient to protect the Chesapeake Bay and preserve the county’s agricultural heritage. He called for a collaborative effort to reshape the legislation.

Four of the five council members voted to approve the law, and it will take that number to override Ulman’s veto.