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Letter to the Editor: Forest Conservation Needed Before Crystal Spring is Planned

Scott Mobley, President of the Annapolis Neck Peninsula Federation, raises his organizations concerns about a proposed development on Forest Drive.

Annapolis Neck Peninsula Federation (ANPF) and many environmental organizations, including the South River Federation, are concerned about the stormwater impacts of the proposed Crystal Spring development on Forest Drive.

However, ANPF believes this project has much bigger issues, such as destruction of forests and wetlands. And more traffic congestion. And worse school overcrowding.

So, are we ready to accept this project's plan?

Crystal Spring must file a Natural Resource Inventory, describing which forests and wetlands to preserve according to the Maryland Forest Conservation Act. They've tried. Five times. The city found all inadequate.

Until the location of forests and wetlands is well understood, no site plan should be in discussion. Otherwise, buildings may be eagerly planned in areas where the law says natural resources must be preserved.

We won't see a final site plan until the public hearings. Until then, no one can figure out the full impacts of over 500 residences and 200,000 square feet of retail stores.

The developer has shown pretty concept drawings and colorful sketches. We are not impressed. Marketing material just doesn't provide critical information.

Crystal Spring is a huge development. It poses equally huge environmental, quality of life issues and consequences which must be understood by all affected parties.

We and others will carefully study Crystal Spring's plans when available publicly. We have many questions. How does the proposal fit with governmental plans for growth? Are wetlands, forests and wildlife habitat protected? How will they avoid worsening crowded, overburdened roads and schools?

Crystal Spring is a massive project which will affect every local resident and business. We encourage you to attend public hearings and to let your council member know your views. It's your community.

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