Three years after the first meeting of a committee to chart a new plan for City Dock, the City Council formally adopted a plan.
The City Dock Master plan was approved by an 8-1 vote in the early morning hours of Tuesday, after the Council’s 7 p.m. Monday session spilled over into the next day. The plan lays out guidelines for how City Dock should develop.
The Council amended an existing plan presented by the City Dock Commission in 2012, adding a number of changes. Among them, increasing the setback requirements for waterfront buildings from 30 to 55 feet, allowing for commercial development at the former Fawcett's Boating Supply store, and allowing for a wider boardwalk along City Dock.
A parking study would be required if a "significant number" of spaces were removed due to any changes in the area.
The passage of the plan did not come without distress from some residents, who testified Monday that the plan was not yet ready.
It was a
repeat message from earlier this summer, when the plan became mired in controversy after the Save
Annapolis Coalition, a group of residents and downtown business leaders, rallied against a
developer's plan to redevelop the former
Fawcett Boating Supply store downtown into a retail shop. The
developer pulled his plans, citing opposition from downtown residents like
The new plan however creates an opportunity for the developer to return to the site.