Since launching our campaign, I’ve knocked on over 1,000 doors in Ward 5 in order to directly listen to residents about the issues that most impact our community. By far, the most pressing issue and one of the biggest concerns for residents across the Ward is increased development and the negative impact development has on our quality of life.
I want to take this opportunity to make my position clear:
The development process in Annapolis is broken. Lack of community input and the absence of a long-term vision has allowed overdevelopment to create significant and negative impacts on our quality of life, especially along the Forest Drive corridor (which, like many of us, I live along!). Instead of viewing individual development projects in a piecemeal fashion, we need a comprehensive view of development as it impacts the City as a whole. We need a community-driven, responsible, sensible, and smart approach to growth, so we can avoid and prevent overdevelopment and sprawl that negatively impacts our traffic, safety, and our natural environment.
I'm proud to have worked on legislation with Alderman Jared Littmann that addresses these issues, such as the Adequate Public Facilities for School Capacity, No Net Loss of Trees, and others. I hope to advance and build on this important work if elected to represent you in City Hall, including introducing legislation that will directly address and mitigate our increasingly congested roadways by requiring traffic levels to have to be improved above the current D grade. I have worked closely with the City's Planning and Zoning Department on the current Forest Drive Sector Study that will form part of the 2019 comprehensive plan. This is an important opportunity for public input and a resident-driven vision. We need more open and green spaces, better connectivity, and we must make Annapolis more walkable and more bikeable.
Mitigating development by protecting our environment is essential to preserving our quality of life for generations to come. That's why I am proud to have received the endorsements of the League of Conservation Voters and the Sierra Club. For all of these reasons, I oppose the proposed Village at Providence Point / Crystal Spring development and align myself with the positions taken by the Stop Crystal Spring team, which you can see here.
I'm going to approach the issue of development just as I will approach every issue that faces Annapolis: by asking what do we want our City to look like in 5, 10, 30 years, and beyond.
Thank you for your continued support and friendship. Please feel free to reach out to me directly if you have any questions,