Capital LTE: “Elly Tierney’s betrayal on adequate public facilities”

Alderwoman Elly Tierney’s guest column on why she will renege on her pledge to vote for a school overcrowding law paralleling the county law is sadly full of deceit (The Capital, Feb. 16). Campaigning against incumbent Alderman Joe Budge in 2017, she pledged in writing that if elected, she would support and work to enact read on >

ACTION NEEDED: Express Input on Legislative Items Before the City Council

Please help us by sending a note to the Mayor and Council through our website on these two legislative issues: 1. Oppose R-49-18 to Reduce the Fee-in-Lieu of Replanting: This legislation threatens our ability to make sure the Crystal Spring developers are forced to replant trees cleared acre for acre. On November 19, we helped read on >

Capital LTE: “School Overcrowding”

I recently joined several other parents who spoke before the Annapolis City Council in support of a measure introduced by Aldermen Marc Rodriguez, Rob Savidge and Ross Arnett to strengthen the city’s law on school overcrowding. As a parent of two children in Anne Arundel County Public Schools and as a member of the Annapolis read on >

Capital LTE: “Annapolis needs to replace its ineffective Adequate Facilities Ordinance”

For far too long, city officials have willingly overlooked school overcrowding in favor of allowing more overdevelopment, which is why I was happy to hear the City Council is considering legislation to strengthen the law that restricts development when our schools can no longer accommodate new students. In 2016, the city passed a useless Adequate read on >

Please Support O-8-18 City School Overcrowding Ordinance!

The City Council is currently considering Ordinance O-8-18, which would strengthen the City’s Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance (APFO) as it applies to schools. We are asking residents to please support this important legislation with the two amendments described below. Residents have one final opportunity to provide public input on the legislation at the City Council read on >

Capital LTE: “City needs to strengthen its Adequate Public Facilities law”

We are parents of school-age children and residents of Hunt Meadow. Our mayor and several aldermen made campaign pledges regarding Crystal Spring and responsible development. We especially hope to see action soon on their promise to strengthen the city’s Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance, which restricts development when schools are overcrowded and can no longer accommodate read on >

Capital Op-Ed: “Development doesn’t pay for itself”

By: Fred Gregory Much has been made of the city needing to allow new developments to increase its tax base and benefit city taxpayers. The developers and their attorneys use this fallacious logic to argue that residents who would be affected by such developments as at Crystal Spring and Parkside Preserve but who live outside read on >

Capital Op-Ed: “What exactly is responsible development?”

By: Greg Walker Annapolitans for Responsible Development was recently formed. Its website asks you to sign a petition to “encourage our elected officials to promote responsible development.” Unfortunately, there is no further clarification. The implication is that if it generates jobs and taxes, it’s responsible. The organization should include a threshold requirement that elected officials read on >

Capital Op-Ed: “City going in wrong direction”

By: David Prosten It has been a year since family ties lured me to retirement in Falmouth, Massachusetts. But my two decades of environmental activism “back home” in Annapolis aren’t easily forgotten, or abandoned. So, I’ve been following the issues I care about and I’m dismayed at what I’m reading in The Capital. During much read on >

Mayor and Aldermen Cave to Developers in Eviscerating School Overcrowding Ordinance

“Promises made, promises kept,” Mayor Pantelides wrote in his July 2016 Newsletter. “I told Annapolitans when I was campaigning for office that I would address overcrowding in area schools and this bill ensures that a school capacity test is included in our development application process for the first time in the city’s history. The goal read on >