Projected Plans for Crystal Spring Senior Housing Larger and More Costly Than Ever

Last week, Crystal Spring developers, National Lutheran Communities and Services (NLCS), held a series of informational sessions for prospective buyers. This was the first public outreach since the City rejected their July 25 filings of development plans for the Crystal Spring and Mas Que Farm properties. The City sent back the plans on August 11 read on >

Capital LTE: “Crystal Spring’s few proponents distort the issues”

My family and I must travel past Crystal Spring and Mas Que Farm daily and will be directly affected by the development of these properties. With all of the back and forth, I’ve noticed a common deceptive thread within the small minority favoring development: Any reference to Crystal Spring is avoided, as if the developers’ read on >

City Rejects Development Plans for Crystal Spring

On August 11, all of the voluminous filings and plans to develop the Crystal Spring and Mas Que Farm properties were sent back to the developers and owners for major revisions before the City would even process the woefully inadequate plans. The Office of Planning and Zoning cited numerous and substantial “deficiencies in the applications read on >

Capital op-ed: Reject latest Crystal Spring development plans

By: Gerald Winegrad After nearly five years of involvement in the battle to save the forests, fields and wetlands at Crystal Spring from a massive development, I was hopeful a sound plan could be worked out when the Connecticut developers gave up and departed. But my hopes were dashed upon examining the plans submitted recently read on >

Capital LTE: “Let’s bring sanity to the development process”

Walter Vasquez’s guest column promoting the development of Crystal Spring (The Sunday Capital, June 11) distorts reality and attacks opponents and city officials — even resorting to allegations that the mayor and some aldermen are making backroom deals to block the development. He alleges that city elected officials are blindsiding the developers and bullying them read on >

City Council Ordinance Proposes Moratorium on Planned Developments

On Thursday, July 6, at 7:00pm the Annapolis Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on a new City Council Ordinance (O-31-17) that proposes a moratorium on all Planned Developments until September 1, 2018. According to the staff report on the ordinance, “During the moratorium period, the City will review the definitions, policies, procedures, regulations, read on >

Capital LTE: “Listening to residents who complain about proposed developments is not a political side step”

Walter Vasquez’s complaint that businesses will stop coming to Annapolis (The Sunday Capital, June 11) reminds me of Yogi Berra’s purported assessment of a popular restaurant: “It is so crowded that no one goes there anymore.” Mr. Vasquez’s primary complaint is that the mayor and city officials are actually listening to city and nearby county read on >

Capital Editorial: “Development will be on the Annapolis ballot”

By: Capital Gazette Editorial Board Annapolis is a pleasant place to live, so it’s no surprise that when the economy gets sunnier, plans to build new homes blossom. The number of existing homes on the market remains lower than normal, so the law of supply and demand takes over: People want to live in Annapolis read on >

Memo Outlines Reasons City Should Stop Processing Crystal Spring Development Plans

Last month, Stop Crystal Spring coordinator and former State Senator Gerald Winegrad met with officials at the City of Annapolis Planning and Zoning Department to discuss several reasons the City should stop processing of any new Forest Conservation Plan (FCP) or other development plans for Crystal Spring. A summarized list of the issues can be read on >

The Capital: “Annapolis accepts part of Crystal Spring application”

By: Chase Cook, Capital Gazette reporter The city has accepted Crystal Spring’s Forest Stand Delineation, which sets the stage for developers to again initiate the formal application process for the project. However, developers aren’t sure when they might submit a new plan after recent actions by the City Council. The Department of Neighborhood and Environmental read on >