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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.

To view the proposal, click here.

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.

See Also:

  • Annapolis Divided on City Dock Parking
  • Plans Unveiled For City Dock Transformation
  • Residents Help Decide Future of City Dock
W. L. December 12, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Parking is such a problem in Annapolis. Why would anyone want to reduce that around the city dock. The garages are charging enormous prices. Which has kept me from using them. The streets have limited parking. My time spent in Annapolis has been reduced considerably because of the parking issue. Why spend money on this renovation, when visitors have such a nightmare trying to find a place to park? I would think that Annapolis would focus on that FIRST. Do you want to draw customers to the businesses? Doesn't look like it.
Meem December 12, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Bike lanes, bike lanes, bike lanes. And bike parking availability. Better footpaths for a walkable town (so many crooked and hard on the foot and shoe bricks and concrete). What about making the dock area a car-free zone? I'm not opposed to public art, but I'm not into purchasing art just because it's in a plan. That kind of thing has just grown to be the "thing you do" to be PC. Art is personal. Annapolis has so many galleries with wonderful art. If the public art was uniquely Annapolitian (say, by an Annapolis artist or group) that would be sweet.
Rick M December 29, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Trying to force cars out of the city by reducing public parking is an attack on downtown business, pure and simple. That will double the amount of folks who will opt for the mall because the downtown parking is more of a hassle. Shoppers don't use shuttle buses.

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