Bernstein & Feldman, P.A.

Providing Personal Counsel
And Representation For Over
30 Years

Guiding principles for land use in Annapolis

In October 2009, the Annapolis City Council adopted Resolution R-32-09, which is also known as the Annapolis Comprehensive Plan. The third chapter of that plan establishes principles and goals for land use and economic development. Some of these principles may affect how some entities may have to approach zoning requirements.

One of the principles outlines in the plan suggests that the city will attempt to help protect potential investments by protecting them from future hazards, such as flooding. Decisions regarding land use must also consider historical patterns of development and current use of certain sections of the city. This principle was included because at the time the document was adopted, only about 3 percent of the city's usable land was vacant, making it clear that a majority of future development would rely on gradual redevelopment of land that is currently in use.

Furthermore, another principle suggests that the economic health of the city should not relay on the expansion of the city's borders. An explanation suggests that because development and use is cyclical, it may be more prudent to redevelop underutilized properties rather than expand the boundaries of the city in an effort to promote economic growth.

While these principles may not be established as law, they adoption of the plan suggest that they will guide policy decisions until a new plan is drafted and accepted by the council. Because of this an understanding of these principles may be beneficial to those seeking to acquire real estate for development. An attorney who is familiar with local polices for land use and real estate may be able to help those individuals meet their development and commercial goals.

Source: The City of Annapolis Maryland, "Planning and Zoning", September 29, 2014

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information