Opinion: Is NIMBYism good for the environment and America? 

By: Gerald Winegrad, Capital Gazette columist The Not-In-My-Backyard (NIMBY) syndrome, used to block infrastructure projects, is an extremely powerful force in our democracy. Some examples of projects that have been opposed by NIMBYs include affordable housing units, trailer parks, high-speed rail lines, daycare facilities, schools and bike lanes. When I was a senator, a fellow read on >


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 read on >

Providence Point retirement community takes next step after judge upholds Annapolis Planning Commission approval

By: Luke Parker, Capital Gazette reporter The city of Annapolis’ decision to grant a conservation variance for a proposed retirement community was upheld Friday after a judge found the city Planning Commission had effectively “closed the gaps” left by a written opinion he rejected last year. Anne Arundel Circuit Judge Mark Crooks’ ruling marked a read on >

The Capital: “Victory delayed in epic land-use battle over Crystal Spring in Annapolis”

By: Gerald Winegrad, Capital Gazette Columnist The land-use war over the 176-acre site known as Crystal Spring has raged since 2010. My direct engagement as the co-leader of the resistance to the plan for a sprawling, massive development began in January 2013. I knew from experience this would be a quagmire and, that once I read on >

City Sued Again Over Approval of Model Senior Living Project

During more than a decade of battle over the future of the 176-acre tract known as Crystal Spring, our group, Citizens for Proper Land Use, Inc., has spent countless hours blocking proposed large-scale developments at this site. The original plan would have destroyed 49 forested acres with only 4 acres replanted while building a massive, read on >

Annapolis conservation group repeats appeal of Providence Point retirement community decision

By: Rebecca Ritzel, Capital Gazette reporter A seven-year quest to build a nearly 400-unit continuing care retirement community in Annapolis is headed back to Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. Frederick-based National Lutheran Communities & Services proposed building The Village of Providence Point in 2017 and has been mired in revisions and legal battles ever since. read on >

Judge remands Providence Point case, accuses Annapolis Planning Commission of botching its written decision

By: Rebecca Ritzel, Capital Gazette reporter A long-planned Annapolis retirement community hit yet another roadblock Wednesday when a judge ruled the city Planning Commission’s decision to grant a variance for the project was so poorly written, the case must return to the commission for another review. Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Mark Crooks chose to read on >


In response to an appeal filed last spring by a small group of opponents after the Planning Commission approved the Village at Providence Point, a county circuit court judge sent the project back to the planning commission for further review. On January 11, the judge ruled that the Planning Commission did not include enough “independent reasoning” read on >

The Capital: “Why Providence Point is a model project”

By: Gerald Winegrad, Capital Gazette Columnist In February, after more than a decade of battle, the Annapolis Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve plans for a senior-only project on the 176-acre site known as Crystal Spring/Mas Que Farm after five lengthy public hearings For a decade, a group I led vigorously opposed six iterations of read on >