Save Our Schools: Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance Essentially Meaningless After Amendments

For decades the city has thumbed its nose at the county and allowed new residential development to add more students to overcapacity schools. Developers have blocked all attempts to pass a law parallel to the county’s that would prevent such developments from being approved for six years or until the school overcrowding is resolved. The 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 >

Capital LTE: “City should not put development ahead of basic rights of local citizens”

I am writing regarding recent stories about school overcrowding, traffic gridlock and new land development here on Annapolis Neck. As president of the Oyster Harbor Community, I am closely connected to these situations. Currently, at Hillsmere Elementary School, two more trailers have been added to the four already used by our students. Other schools, such 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 >

Inadequate Public Facilities Ordinance

For too long, the City has continued to approve the development of new homes, adding more students to already overcrowded schools. They have done so with complete disregard for county laws designed to prevent new development from occurring when schools are too far over capacity to accept new students. If Crystal Spring were still in read on >

Capital LTE: “Stop Overdevelopment of the Forest Drive Corridor”

I write to commend John Van de Kamp for his article on Forest Drive traffic being like the Bermuda Triangle (The Capital, May 7). Why does the city continue to defy common sense in packing in more and more development onto a dead-end peninsula, threatening public safety, the environment and our school system? The answer read on >