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 >

The Capital: “City’s new development rules differ from county”

By: E.B. Fergurson III, Capital Gazette reporter The city’s new school enrollment rules for developers allow more students per school than the county regulations they are modeled after, but are more restrictive elsewhere. While the new rules, counting the number of students a project will generate against school enrollment capacity, do not seem to threaten read on >

The Capital: “City passes school capacity bill”

By: E.B. Fergurson III, Capital Gazette reporter The Annapolis City Council on Monday passed the city’s first school capacity test in order for developments to be approved. The legislation is designed to reduce residential development, or at least delay it, near crowded schools in the city, including the overcrowded Tyler Heights Elementary School. The city read on >

Capital Editorial: “Passage of city school bill important, overdue”

By: Capital Gazette Editorial Board The city hasn’t been in any rush to extend the concept of adequate public facilities to school capacity. Indeed, it has been moving so slowly you could accuse it of standing still. The bill the City Council is expected to approve Monday won’t provide any quick relief for some of read on >

Capital Op-Ed: “Development strangles city quality of life”

By: Gerald Winegrad, Stop Crystal Spring Traffic, school overcrowding, and environmental degradation linked to city annexations of land from the county and other developments make most residents suffer, especially on the Annapolis Neck Peninsula. Developers, land speculators and their attorneys exert an undue influence over city elected officials to the detriment of the common good, read on >

The Capital: “Bill to slow development near crowded Annapolis schools up for vote”

By: Chase Cook, Capital Gazette reporter The Annapolis City Council will vote Monday to reduce residential development near crowded schools, most notably Tyler Heights Elementary. The Adequate Public Facilities bill would lock residential development when nearby schools hit capacity. Developers would have to pay for improvements or wait up to six years for the school read on >

City Seemingly Prioritizes Development over Public Safety

On May 26, thousands of motorists were affected when once again Forest Drive came to a complete standstill after an accident. While the traffic on Forest Drive was bad enough, the accident caused a ripple effect leading to significant delays throughout the entire Annapolis area. As we’ve seen so many times before, the Annapolis Police read on >

Capital LTE: “City should put children first and update Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance”

Former state Sen. Gerald Winegrad hit the nail on the head with his recent letter (The Sunday Capital, May 15). As a city resident and homeowner with one child in Hillsmere Elementary School, I am disappointed with city leaders who are more concerned with appeasing developers than considering the needs of their constituents. I would read on >

Capital LTE: “The city needs the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance”

I am incredulous with the elected officials who won’t take responsibility for easily fixing a problem that affects so many of our students. It’s simple: Any development proposal must consider the feeder schools’ capacities. The Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance would require such consideration. By not passing the APFO, city officials are not addressing school overcrowding read on >

Capital LTE: An open letter to Alderman Kenneth Kirby

An open letter to Alderman Kenneth Kirby: In a front-page article regarding school overcrowding at Tyler Heights Elementary School (The Capital, May 11) you were quoted as noting that some Tyler Heights students are traveling to Georgetown East Elementary School due to overcrowding. “These parents are screaming bloody murder and I need Tyler Heights moved read on >