Oliver's bill, in it's original form, would have delayed or derailed those projects, Almond said.
Oliver accused Almond and Councilwoman Cathy Bevins of being unduly influenced by former County Executive Jim Smith and the Towson law firm Smith, Gildea and Schmidt, which represents Foundry Row developer Greenberg Gibbons.
Almond, in her statement after the vote, compared Owings Mills to the White Marsh area, which she said has prospered while Owings Mills has not.
Below is Almond's complete statement:
"On behalf of this council I would just like to say that transit oriented development legislation is groundbreaking for us. It's been very, very difficult to get a handle on it.
"In this TOD bill, there are 14 exemptions for Mr. Brown and nothing is going to hurt the Metro site and the TOD. There's been federal, state and county money and personal money put into this project. It will happen.
"The amendments were for the purpose of allowing future development around this TOD site and to make Owings Mills, which is partly mine and Councilman Oliver's the best that it can possibly be. This is our last chance to get it right.
"White Marsh went ahead and grew and prospered and Owings Mills did not. Now we have a chance to let that happen. I hope this council can come together to see that all these developments happen and prosper."