City Council Receives City Dock Master Plan
The plan marks the end of the City Dock Advisory Committee, and it will now head to city departments and council committees for review.
The master plan to revamp City Dock took the next step towards implementation when City Council formally received the proposal at its Monday night meeting.
"This is a milestone tonight as we disband the City Dock Advisory Committee," said Annapolis Chief of Comprehensive Planning Virginia Burke. "What begins next is the review process and then the adoption process."
The advisory committee spent two years developing the proposal that Chris Jakubiak, an urban planner hired by the city of Annapolis, presented to the council at its Nov. 26 meeting.
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Under the plan, a 25-foot wide promenade would wrap around the waterfront on City Dock with a 3-foot sea wall to prevent flooding. The public space next to Market House would be expanded and include outdoor seating, and new building is proposed for construction along Dock Street.
The most controversial change would be the reduction of parking spaces from 199 to about 90, and the elimination of Donner and Fleet lots.
Several City Dock business owners voiced their opposition to the parking change at the council's Nov. 26 meeting.
The one area still left undecided in the plan is whether the city should remove Memorial Circle and replace it with a T-intersection.
Mayor Josh Cohen said the city and its committees have the option to modify any part of the plan before voting to approve it.
The plan will be sent to planning and zoning, the historic preservation commission and several council committees for review. If approved, it will become a part of the Annapolis Comprehensive Plan that council adopted in 2009.