Annapolis launched a new website this week outlining the draft goals, metrics and actions for the 2040 Comprehensive Plan.
Department of Planning and Zoning staff have led the effort to update the document, which lays out a guide to all aspects of the city’s development over the next two decades.
The most recent update began about 18 months ago and has resulted in nearly 100 meetings, workshops and surveys with community members. The website can be found at: www.annapolis.gov/1637/Goals-Metrics-Actions.
While the plan itself is not yet complete — that’s expected sometime in the early fall — the website contains the “meat of the plan,” said Eric Leshinsky, chief of comprehensive planning in the Annapolis Planning and Zoning Department.
“We’re at a critical point as we work on the plan document,” Leshinsky said during a City Council work session Thursday. “We wanted the community to provide input at this stage and give us a sense of whether we are on the right path and check the pulse.”
The eight chapters contained in the plan are municipal growth, land use, housing, transportation, community facilities, arts and culture, environmental sustainability and water resources.
Each of the chapters has specific goals, metrics and actions associated with them. They also contain links for visitors to submit feedback, accepting comments through early August.
Meanwhile, meetings with community stakeholders will continue through the summer, Leshinksy said.
Among the key features on the website are case studies on four areas that could see redevelopment over the next two decades.
They include the Bay Forest Shopping Center on Bay Ridge Road; the intersection of Chinquapin Round Road and Forest Drive; the intersection of Solomons Island Road and West Street; and Spa Road near Bates Middle School.
Each case study will contain a link to a survey for residents to fill out.
“These are sites that will likely redevelop in the next 10 to 20 years and we want to get ahead of that in some ways,” Leshinsky said.
Maryland law requires the city to update the comprehensive plan every 10 years. The last comprehensive plan was completed in 2009.