O-23-18: Rezoning the City Dock to the Mixed Use (MX) Zoning District

O-23-18Rezoning the City Dock to the Mixed Use (MX) Zoning District – For the purpose of implementing the recommendations of the City Dock Master Plan by rezoning the City Dock area to the Mixed Use (MX) Zoning District.
 
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June 12, 2018

May 21, 2018

Word document outlining what the changes to city code are in O-23-18.
Analysis of O-23-18
Hotel and Underground garage proposal descriptions based on presentations made to WORA at Membership Meetings.

Email sent to WORA Members 5/20/18
Dear WORA Members,
The Agenda for the City Council Meeting on Monday evening, May 21, 2018 (beginning at 7 PM) lists several items of interest to Ward One residents.
It deserves your careful review and I encourage WORA members to attend the meeting and provide comments.
Of particular concern to Ward One are:
O-23-18: Rezoning the City Dock to the Mixed Use (MX) Zoning District – For the purpose of implementing the recommendations of the City Dock Master Plan by rezoning the City Dock area to the Mixed Use (MX) Zoning District.
An extract from Alderwoman Tierney’s pre-meeting email last evening characterized this legislation as follows: (highlighting is mine).
“…. I’ll quote a dear friend of mine, who referred to this ordinance as nothing less than ‘kicking the teeth out of the historic district’. In all seriousness, I find this hasty, irreverent, irresponsible and acutely financially driven to introduce this to Council, especially during this year’s annual Budget crisis. We apparently have not learned from recent history the danger of cherry picking the CDMP to enable commercial development to suit a private developer’s performa over the City’s long-term interest and sustainability. I suspect we will have testimony Monday night re-educating those who need to be reminded of the processes we have for protecting the historic district and its established height and bulk limits. I will move to get this removed from consent calendar for discussion. It is far too important to rubber stamp into the legislative queue. If pulled out it will be moved to the end of the agenda.
Earlier I sent an email to WORA expressing my concern and the concerns expressed at the WORA Membership meeting in March.
Dear Members of WORA,
The comment from members and the enthusiastic, positive reaction from the bulk of the attendees reaffirmed WORA’s long-standing concern for following the rules inherent in our historic districts designation as Colonial Annapolis National Historic Landmark District. Importantly, a concern that not doing so, specifically in the case of proposed development that clearly exceeds the height and bulk provisions, might well jeopardize our National Historic Landmark designation and make us a candidate for its revocation, as is the case in Savannah, GA. Response to our request for resident input was uniformly supportive of following the rules.
I agree. This is a legitimate, real-time concern as the thinking about development on the city dock evolves. The membership represented at the March 27th meeting was clearly in support of historic preservation and concerned about putting our Nation historic Landmark Designation in jeopardy.
Late on Friday, April 6th, 2018, Historic Annapolis (HA) advised in an email that the Capitol had posted an editorial “What is HA’s opinion on the proposed hotel and parking garage at City Dock?”, with a link to the editorial on the Capitol website. I heartily encourage you to read this.
I will be providing comments in the “Comments by the General Public” opportunity early in the evening. I agree with Elly. This is an unprecedented affront to the rule and process of historic preservation in Annapolis. It is a threat to our designation as Colonial Annapolis National Historic Landmark District. We, Annapolis, need to be better stewards of our historic legacy and meet our responsibility to the country for generations to come than is embodied in this proposed ordinance.
O-16-18: Annual Operating Budget: Fiscal Year 2019: WORA has a new team in place analyzing the Budget. It’s a lot to look at and hard to dissect. It is telling that there has been no serious look at internal budget cuts but rather seeks upfront to raise taxes. Check the WORA website for updates and mark your calendar for the expected Budget Town Hall on May 30, 7 PM at Maryland Hall.
Hope to see many of you at the City Council Meeting Monday evening and to provide comment.
Sincerely,
Mike
Michael A. Farmer
President, Ward One Residents Association
References: (from the WORA Website)
April 2018: President, Ward One Residents Association Letter from WORA President
Dear Members of WORA,
The comment from members and the enthusiastic, positive reaction from the bulk of the attendees reaffirmed WORA’s long-standing concern for following the rules inherent in our historic districts designation as Colonial Annapolis National Historic Landmark District. Importantly, a concern that not doing so, specifically in the case of proposed development that clearly exceeds the height and bulk provisions, might well jeopardize our National Historic Landmark designation and make us a candidate for its revocation, as is the case in Savannah, GA. Response to our request for resident input was uniformly supportive of following the rules.
I agree. This is a legitimate, real-time concern as the thinking about development on the city dock evolves. The membership represented at the March 27th meeting was clearly in support of historic preservation and concerned about putting our Nation historic Landmark Designation in jeopardy.
Late on Friday, April 6th, 2018, Historic Annapolis (HA) advised in an email that the Capitol had posted an editorial “What is HA’s opinion on the proposed hotel and parking garage at City Dock?”, with a link to the editorial on the Capitol website. I heartily encourage you to read this.
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