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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

Capital LTE: “Village at Providence Point is a model project”

The letter from Laura Townsend opposing The Village at Providence Point senior-only living facility is misguided on several key points. Instead of attacking former Sen. Winegrad, she should be praising his near decade of commitment to making this a model project. His tenacity turned a destructive sprawling development into a win-win for National Lutheran Communities read on >

Annapolis environmental group appeals Providence Point development

By: Brooks DuBose, Capital Gazette reporter An Annapolis environmental group is appealing a plan to turn part of a heavily forested property off Forest Drive into a retirement community. Crab Creek Conservancy, a nonprofit environmental organization, announced it had appealed a decision by the Annapolis Planning Commission to approve the development of The Villages of read on >

The Capital: “Crystal Spring compromise a model for future land-use battles”

By: Gerald Winegrad, Capital Gazette Columnist Plans for a senior living project at the 176-acre site known as Crystal Spring have been approved by the Annapolis Planning Commission, the last step in the city process. This only occurred after an intensive 13-year uncivil war with withering citizen opposition to previous plans. Mayors were elected and read on >