Council rejects Forest Drive plan Development resolution called 'merely symbolic'

March 12, 1996|By Dan Thanh Dang | Dan Thanh Dang,SUN STAFF

The Annapolis City Council voted last night to reject a "window-dressing" resolution that would have imposed a moratorium on development in the congested Forest Drive corridor.

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5/8 TC While agreeing that traffic-choked Forest Drive is indeed a problem, council members voted 6-3 against the resolution because it required that Anne Arundel County impose a moratorium first.

"It's not a moratorium," said Alderman Carl O. Snowden, a Ward 5 Democrat. "The county has clearly indicated that it's not planning on imposing a moratorium. Therefore, this resolution is merely symbolic without substance." "Does Forest Drive need improvements? Yes," Mr. Snowden said. "Are people working on rational solutions to solve this problem? Yes. In fact, many of us have spent much time trying to do just that."

Alderman Ellen O. Moyer, D-Ward 8, agreed and said: "This legislation is window-dressing."

A proposed amendment that would have extended the moratorium all the way down Forest Drive to Bay Ridge Road, which is county land, was defeated by a 6-3 vote.

Alderman Wayne C. Turner said not acting to alleviate problems in the Forest Drive corridor leaves constituents living in a "neglected area" that just "gets worse the longer it's ignored."

"There is a great fear in the Forest Drive corridor of the excessive development that has taken place in that area," said Mr. Turner, a Ward 6 Republican. "It is a disaster area. We have abandoned that area.

"All I'm suggesting is that we come up with a Forest Drive study that will come up with a conclusion and make a recommendation to the city before we allow any more development," he said. "The constituency in that area, on the city and county side, have felt like they have been neglected throughout the years."

Mr. Snowden objected vigorously. "Neglected Forest Drive," he said, quoting Mr. Turner. "That is pretty strong language and I think a poor choice of words. We have all worked hard to solve this problem."

In other matters, the council approved an application of The Food Basket to expand into a delicatessen and another from Einstein's Bagels to establish a store in the 100 block of Dock St.

The council also approved a request to zone for residential use 12.8 acres of land off Bembe Beach Road. That action allows Mericare Associates Limited Partnership to submit a request for conditional use of the property on which the firm wants to build a facility to care for the elderly.

Pub Date: 3/12/96

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