The current development plan would destroy almost 40 acres of the last remaining large stand of forest in the City of Annapolis, which will detrimentally impact our air and water quality. About 25.5 acres would be cleared for the Providence Point senior community, which will include 383 senior homes and 48 assisted living units. Additionally, there is a subdivision plan that would allow the owner to develop additional lots on the western half of the property. They are planning to clear 13.3 acres on two of these lots (see the red X on the image below). While the developers have not given details about what will be built there, current zoning permits up to 147 non-age restricted homes.
The 82 acres of forest on the 111-acre site, comprised of many 80 to 100 year old trees, has been designated Priority Forest and is protected under state and city law. The Forest Conservation Act requires that these forests “be left in an undisturbed condition unless the applicant has demonstrated, to the satisfaction of the City, that reasonable efforts have been made to protect them and the plan cannot reasonably be altered.” The developers have thus far failed to meet this strict threshold for clearing.
The CCRC building, originally planned to be six stories as part of the mixed-use development, has been reduced to two four-story wings nearly doubling the footprint and taking down many more trees.
STORMWATER MANAGEMENT: To date, the developers have failed to deliver on their promise of a comprehensive stormwater management plan to address polluted runoff. The entire 111 acre site drains directly into Crab Creek off the South River. The River is already impaired and failing to meet Clean Water Act requirements, largely due to runoff from other developments.
AIR AND WATER QUALITY DECLINE: Our area is already failing to meet federal laws for air and water quality. The clearing of such a large block of forest, combined with increased emissions from an influx of motor vehicles, will intensify air and water quality problems.
WILDLIFE IMPACTED: Crystal Spring’s forest, meadows, and wetlands are home to over 220 species of birds and multiple species of reptiles, amphibians, and other animals that would be significantly affected by this development.