Your action is STILL needed to protect Annapolis forests!

The 111-acre Crystal Spring development at Forest Drive and Spa Road continues to bully its way ahead. It's simply too large and too destructive of the environment and of the city's quality of life.  And it’s the stalking horse for another dozen development proposals are in the pipeline that would bring total development on the Annapolis Neck Peninsula to nearly 1,200 NEW residences and 250,000 square feet of new commercial and office space.

The Crystal Spring development is the stalking horse for all of this activity.
  • The Crystal Spring footprint would be three times larger than that of Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole. Its shopping center alone would be nearly the size of Harbour Center.
  • It calls for 500 residences, an 80-room inn, nearly 200,000 sq. ft. of commercial space on 111 acres, including yet another supermarket and more Main Street-threatening shops.
  • Half (44 acres) of the single large surviving forest in the city would be bulldozed.
  • Traffic on Forest Drive, already exceeding rush-hour capacity, would be slowed to a crawl.
  • Overcrowded schools would become even more overcrowded: Crystal Spring includes 130 non-age restricted townhomes.

The city is allowing the weakest possible interpretation of the state's 23-year-old Forest Conservation Act, under which the city has the authority to limit forest and wetland destruction. It ignores the Comprehensive Plan, which specifies the amount of construction allowed.

Property owners have a right to develop, but only within the confines of the law. The city has a moral and legal obligation to the people of Annapolis to enforce our laws and protect our environment at the same time. We, citizens of the Annapolis area, are asking the  mayor of Annapolis, Mike Pantelides, to forcefully follow through on his repeated campaign pledges to use his full authority, and that of the City, to reject the Crystal Spring development and all the environmental damage, worsened traffic congestion and even more overcrowded schools it would bring.   We ask for a temporary hold on new construction until, at a minimum, the area’s (documented!) over-capacity roads and schools can handle the new demands that development would bring.
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Protect Our Forests From Development
We ask you to follow through with your campaign pledges to use your full authority to limit the damage that will be caused by the massive Crystal Spring commercial, residential and housing development proposed for Forest Drive. It would destroy 44 acres of forest and sensitive wetlands. There will be an unbearable amount of new traffic generated from the site, which has a footprint three times the size of Annapolis Towne Center at Parole -- and schools will be overwhelmed. It must act, as well, to limit the damage that would be caused by the once denied, then appealed, 150 house development that would abut Quiet Waters Park. We ask you to recognize that yet a dozen MORE residential and/or commercial developments are proposed for the area, and ask that you propose a moratorium on all new construction until and unless the necessary public facilities, including roads and schools, are able to handle the new demands that would be made on them. The Administration must fully invoke the authority granted it under the Maryland Forest Conservation Act to mitigate the damage that would be caused at Crystal Spring and elsewhere. It must enforce its own Comprehensive Plan. The harm to our natural environment and the city's quality of life by the destruction of forest and wetlands the developer is asking for these projects cannot be overstated. I ask that you use your authority to declare a temporary hold on new development until the city, county and state agree on, and implement, a plan to protect Annapolis from the irreversible environmental harm, worsening road congestion and crowded schools. To cave in to the developers' demands for higher density and more profits is to make a mockery of claims to being a city that puts its citizens and environment first.