New panel to review plan for west edge of Annapolis

County executive asks for report within a year

February 21, 1999|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

County Executive Janet S. Owens has appointed a new citizens' panel to review Anne Arundel County's plan to turn the area on the western edge of Annapolis from an ugly sprawl of parking lots and strip shopping centers into a cohesive urban center.

She has asked the 22-member group to review the plan and regulations governing Parole's development and redevelopment. She wants the panel to issue a final report within the next year and make interim recommendations.

An earlier citizens' committee presented in 1994 a plan for the 1,500 acres on the western border of the city that called for pedestrian walkways, improved transportation, distinctive street-level features and preservation of environmentally sensitive areas.

Parole is one of three designated town centers in the county's master plan. The county's 1997 general development plan seeks to curb sprawl by encouraging construction within the town centers, around MARC and Central Light Rail stations and near existing commercial and employment centers.

Parole already is experiencing growing pains, Owens said.

"There are many challenges to creating a successful town center, and the Parole Growth Management Committee will play a pivotal role in overcoming those challenges," she said.

The members include former County Councilwoman Maureen Lamb; Dennis Curl of Anne Arundel Medical Systems; Robert Agee of Chaney Bros.; Scott Mobley, of Edgewater; Jay Irwin, of Annapolis; environmental activist Lina Vlavianos; Burnes Thomas of the ITT Research Institute; John Arason, director of planning for Annapolis; Joe Contee, owner of an office building in the area, and Carl Freedman of Freedman and Co. Real Estate, which controls Parole Plaza.

Others on the committee are Chris Swatta, Wayne H. Davis, Stephanie Bruce, Frank Watkins, Edward Kotok, John Flood, Wilson H. Phipps, Joe Galli, Stephen Carr, John Fischer, Charles Lamb and Arthur Fuccillo of Lerner Co., which operates Annapolis Harbor Center.

Pub Date: 2/21/99

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