Boards & Commissions

Meeting with Boards & Commissions

On Monday, December 2nd, the Planning team met with the Chairs and other representatives of City Boards and Commissions at the "Pip" Moyer Recreation Center. During the meeting, City staff presented the framework for the Comprehensive Plan update and gathered their feedback on what their aspirations are for the Plan and the City over the next 20 years.

Here is what they said:

Maritime Advisory Boarddesign policy that will attract boaters, give them a positive experience, including water quality traffic control
Annapolis Conservancy Boardworking on a greenspace network inventory to identify what is available and where they can best conserve, maintain and improve the existing networks including bike and ped.  
Transportation Boardneed to look at alternative transportation modes for the future to help mitigate negative environmental and congestion issues, need to look at cycling as a mode of transport and not as a recreational activity, paratransit opportunities are limited and currently cost more to use
Housing & Community Development Committeecomplaints around the use of Section 8 housing vouchers - it is illegal for a landlord to not accept a Section 8 voucher as a form of payment, city has not had a complaint based on race, origin or color as a reason for denying rental
Environmental Commissiondevelopment regulations, community groups are noticing issues with sediment, erosion control issues around town and the town has not been available to work with these, concerns with tree canopy, stormwater runoff, stormwater management, shoreline loss and mitigation will be an issue, the city has a significant amount of shoreline and it will be a difficult to manage these as the effect of climate change accelerate.
Historic Preservation Commissionfocused on individual applications for permit. Dealing with sea level rise and the impact on historic properties.  The preservation of downtown is important to the community as an economic engine and as the identity of Annapolis.
Commission on Aging

tale of two cities, those who can afford to live where they always have and have access to their needs and those that are constrained by transportation.  Housing and affordability: hope there is courage that there will be policy that encourages individuals to be creative about how housing and transportation are provided to those in the most need.

Samuel Jordan - transportation equity

City and County transportation systems need to be better coordinated and complement each other

Board of Appeals

board of appeals sees the end game of the many issues and finds the tools it's given are challenging, the code is unclear. 

Community character should be an important feature that needs to be included in the plan. Need a balance of rules and regulations with respect to allowing creativity that will enhance the community. 

Need to make the plan actionable and accountable, the plan shouldn't be a document that sits on a shelf and doesn't get used.