During the COVID-19 pandemic the Annapolis City Council has started to host remote public meetings in order to help with continuity of operations and transparency. I commend them for taking the leap off the cliff to do this, especially given that the usual in person meetings are mostly a low tech operation from a council… Read More Testimony About Testimony, How Meta
Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are all in the news these day in urbanist circles. Many cities have enacted legislation to make them legal. Why would one want ADUs? Here are two reports from very different points of view that cover the waterfront on the value of ADUs: The Brookings Institute report and the R Street… Read More Accessory Dwelling Units In Annapolis
Appearing in The Capital, March 9, 2019 The Forest Drive/Eastport Sector Study takes a small step in the right direction towards a more satisfying future. It is not a plan but it is a hope, a strategic hope. And one must hope and envision in order to get anywhere. We need to accept the study… Read More Forest Drive/Eastport study offers hope for better walkability
The City of Annapolis Forest Drive/Eastport Sector Study, one of the “neighborhood” plans that rolls up in the city comprehensive plan is in full swing. There were a number of public meetings which I attended and a variety of presentations and work sessions with the Planning Commission, some of which I have also attended. My… Read More Forest Drive/Eastport Sector Study
The heat is increasing in the dispute between the City of Annapolis Historic Preservation Commission and property owners/artists in the”Arts District” (inner West Street). Good background can be found in articles in The Capital here, here and here. I am certainly not against historic preservation and it has been good for the city, but when… Read More On Paint and Historic Preservation
In July of 2014 The Capital published an article about a possible land swap between the City and a property owner in exchange for some land to reconfigure the Chinquapin/West/Admiral intersections. One aspect of that was the possible addition of a Taco Bell drive-thru restaurant at the site of the old Whiskey. I wrote about that… Read More Does West Street Need a Taco Bell?
A very interesting Planning Commission meeting last night (4/15/2015). The agenda item of interest to me was R-33-14, allowing access to a new development via the “highway” portion of Aris T. Allen Boulevard. This is a multifaceted issue dealing with prior annexation agreements from over ten years ago, transportation, development patterns and the wishes of… Read More Statement on R-33-14 Vehicular Access to and Internal Roadways within Certain Property adjacent to Aris T. Allen Boulevard