Daphne City Council upholds mayor’s veto on zoning project

Baldwin County

DAPHNE, Ala. (WKRG) — A zoning ordinance that sparked outrage from Olde Towne Daphne residents will no longer go into effect, following a city council decision Monday night.

Earlier this month, the city council voted to pass the ordinance, which would bring a stretch of homes and business to the quiet neighborhood. Within 24 hours, Mayor Dane Haygood vetoed it.

At Monday’s meeting, the council had the opportunity to overturn that veto if five member voted in favor of doing so. The council did not put forth the votes, given how emphatically their constituents argued against the proposed zoning changes.

The room erupted into applause when the council announced they would not move forward with trying to overturn the mayor’s veto.

“We’ve all done what we think it right, and I think the citizens are very happy with the outcome,” said Mayor Haygood.

The developer who introduced the initial re-zoning proposal still privately owns land in Olde Towne Daphne and is able to build on those sites.

“The developer does have some rights and remedies,” said City Council Vice President Pat Rudicell. “But they’re not going to be as invasive as what he requested.”

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