- Associated Press - Friday, June 15, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams is vetoing plans for an 8,800-home suburban development following an outcry by neighboring residents.

McAdams vetoed plans for the Olympia Hills project Friday after residents blasted the proposal during a town hall the previous evening.

Residents said the proposal was sprung on them. They said the development’s relative high density would lead to heavy traffic and strain local resources.

The Salt Lake County Council approved zoning changes for the development last week.

McAdams is a Democrat trying to unseat Republican Rep. Mia Love in the U.S. House. The race is considered to be the only competitive matchup in deep-red Utah this year and could be key to Democrats’ hopes to gain control of the chamber.

Love attacked McAdams over the development and urged him to veto it this week.

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