Law proposed to improve development review process

Tomorrow night (Monday) the City Council is hearing public testimony, and apparently will vote on, Ordinance O-35-17. This ordinance would overhaul the development review process by inserting more transparency (beefing up the notification requirements), offering additional opportunity for public input, and would send major site design plan applications to the Planning Commission for a public hearing. This is good! And your support is needed! Last time it was mostly developers out to testify against it, with only a few there in support.
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Starbucks approved next to CVS

On July 18th, the City gave final approval to a proposal to build a Starbucks Cafe adjacent to the CVS on Bay Ridge Road.

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Annapolis hearing on Paris Agreement (climate change)

The City Council will be hearing public testimony on a resolution in support of the Paris Agreement (dealing with climate change), tomorrow night at 7pm. You can view the agenda here. And you can view the Resolution (R-22-17) at this link. It currently has 5-sponsors, so will likely pass, but I do feel it needs some additional improvements. I hope you will consider coming to testify in support. Climate change is a very real and imminent threat to the City.

 

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Kudos on Purchase of Parkside Preserves Forest

With the City’s purchase of the priority forests at the Parkside Preserve development site, it would appear the storied saga of this development is nearing an end. This is the project that exposed the raw underbelly of the City’s review process which allowed clearing of protected forests.  

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C&C liquors site to be redeveloped - Lidl grocery store

During my door-knocking, I've had a number of people inquire about the proposed re-development of the former C&C liquors site at the end of Georgetown Road. I have learned quite a bit about it through my work with the Annapolis Neck Peninsula Federation. Here's what I know:

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Savidge for Annapolis - Campaign update 5/24

I wanted to start by reminding everyone that our Happy Hour Fundraiser is tomorrow (Thursday), May 25th, from 5-8 pm at Caliente Grill. I don't know about you, but I am really looking forward to a margarita and some delicious Latin cuisine at the end of a long week. Please RSVP as soon as possible, either by purchasing a ticket (remember, kids are free) at  www.robsavidge.com/calendar  or emailing info@robsavidge.com if you plan to buy tickets at the door. It will be really helpful to Roxana at Caliente Grill to know ahead of time how many people to expect, so please be sure to let us know. Also, we would really appreciate it if you could spread the word. Invite friends via facebook by going to the event page , hovering over the 'Share' tab, and inviting friends and sharing on your page to let everyone know. In addition, feel free to email a link to the event website: http://www.robsavidge.com/calendar.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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Bike to work day

savidge bike to workDid you happen to notice more bicyclists on the road yesterday?  I hope so, because it was national Bike to Work Day.  I was one of many commuters across Annapolis yesterday who left their cars at home and bicycled to work.  

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We did it! The "no net loss of forests" bill passes the City Council.

We did it!! Monday night the City Council passed the "no net loss of trees" ordinance! Thank you, everyone, who came out last night! We were able to head off any effort to delay and secured the necessary votes for passage.  Our current Alderman, Ian Pfeiffer, supported this bill and his vote last night was crucial to ensuring its success.  Please take a moment to email or call Alderman Pfeiffer and thank him for his support.

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Immediate action needed to protect our forests & quality of life

Your attendance is needed at Monday night's City Council meeting. We are on the verge of strengthening our forest laws (and protecting your quality of life) by instituting a "no net loss of forest" policy. But developers are making a last-ditch attempt to sabotage this ordinance, and the Council needs to hear from you.

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Thank you for an excellent campaign kick-off!!

Thank you to everyone who turned out for the kick-off of Rob's campaign for City Council! The event was an enormous success with over 50 neighbors, friends, fellow community activists, and a few current and former elected officials who all showed up to give Rob a strong start. 

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