All Restrictions We Fought for Intact

On January 26, Circuit Court Judge Mark Crooks dismissed technical claims by a small group of people trying to block all development on the 176-acre Crystal Spring site. This means, absent an appeal to a state appellate court within 30 days, The Village at Providence Point may proceed with all the improvements we fought for over 13 years.  Given the thoroughness of the Judge’s legal and factual research, it is very doubtful an appellate court would overturn his decision. Click here to read Senator Winegrad’s December 15 column on this matter.

The judge’s well-reasoned decision allows the unanimous approval by the Annapolis Planning Commission of the senior only project to proceed with all our demands met:. a major downsizing of the project; the elimination of all retail and non-senior housing; clustering the development closest to Forest Drive; improving traffic flows; assuring the 124 acres of forest now on the 176-acre tract would be kept at 124 acres in perpetuity including replanted forest; and improving stormwater runoff from existing conditions. These exceptional conditions would make this project a model for future developments. Click here to read our statement in response to this appeal.

From the beginning, we fought to protect the entire site, but there was no political support for the enormous acquisition cost that likely exceeded $50 million. And, the property owners did not want to sell the land for a park.

So, our group withdrew all objections after National Lutheran Communities & Services and the City met all our demands. Despite this, the small group appealed the first unanimous approval by the Planning Commission made after 5 lengthy public hearings. The appeal was filed on February 17, 2022. The court sent the approval back for more information on January 11, 2023, and the Planning Commission provided that information in a 17-page addendum to the 2,440-page previous record of decision on April 26, 2023. Our entire leadership team agreed that this was the best deal we could possibly achieve for this 176-acres site zoned for development in the City. Hopefully, the back and forth stops. Click here to read the Capital article on the judge’s decision.