Annapolis City Dock vote set for Monday

For months, Annapolis officials and residents have debated the future of downtown’s City Dock area.

Monday, the city council is scheduled to vote on a new master plan for the area, guiding future developments and city projects.

The City Dock Master Plan drew strong criticism when it came before the council this summer, with many people testifying during an eight-hour public hearing that it would diminish the dock’s maritime character, allow for buildings that are too tall and promote green spaces at the expense of needed parking.

The mayor and aldermen spent most of October revising the plan, backing away from some of the controversial aspects and adding a requirement for a parking study before any significant changes are made to parking.

Monday’s is the final meeting of the council before elections are held Nov. 5. No meetings are scheduled in November, so any unresolved legislation will die before the new mayor and council are sworn in during December.

The council also is scheduled to ratify new union contracts for government employees and to consider a bill requiring planning officials to review school capacity when evaluating proposed developments.

The council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 160 Duke of Gloucester St.

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