Capital Guest Column: “Crystal Spring plan isn’t smart growth”

By: John W. Frece, Capital Guest Columnist The Crystal Spring developers have said their project represents smart growth, but it fails to meet at least eight of the 10 smart growth principles used nationally by communities to develop wisely: 1. Mix land uses. This encourages walking, shorter commutes and community interaction. Crystal Spring does mix read on >

In First Two Months, Over 2,200 Residents Sign Petition Opposing Crystal Spring Development

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (April 11, 2016) – Today, the leadership and supporters of Stop Crystal Spring presented over 2,200 petition signatures from residents who oppose the massive development planned for the congested area of Forest Drive and Spa Road. The organization hosted a rally outside City Hall attended by more than 150 residents of the City read on >

The Capital: “Crystal Spring rally crashes City Council meeting”

By: Chase Cook, Capital Gazette reporter A rally against Crystal Spring flowed into City Council chambers Monday, the participants holding signs, their mission emblazoned on each sheet: “Stop Crystal Spring. Help save the Annapolis we love.” About 150 people rallied in front of City Hall and filled the council chamber during Monday’s meeting, where they read on >

Capital LTE: “‘Tweaking’ Crystal Spring is Not Enough”

Regarding the story headlined “Crystal Spring developers to tweak proposed site boundaries” (The Capital, March 3): Tweaked? Crystal Spring boundaries to be tweaked? Why is it so difficult to understand that we don’t want Crystal Spring tweaked? We want what the mayor said he wanted: that there would be no Crystal Spring development. The arrogance, read on >

Capital LTE: “Crystal Spring’s developers and attorneys used to getting their way”

The Ethics Commission found that Jon Arason, former city planning and zoning director, violated ethics law by assisting developers of Crystal Spring in their efforts to gain approval by the city. This ethical breach is nothing new, as the city annexation and development approval process has been corrupted for decades. Deep-pocketed developers and their attorneys read on >

Capital LTE: “Crystal Spring developers hope to bulldoze all who challenge them”

The Sunday Capital’s recent article, “Former planning director for the city violates ethics law, commission says” (March 27) underscores citizens’ concerns involved in the developers’ plans for Crystal Springs. Following an investigation, the city ethics committee found Joe Arason, a former planning and zoning director, guilty of violating city ethics law. What is not included read on >