Forest Drive / Eastport Sector Study

The 4th public meeting will be held on Wed., June 20th from 6:30 - 8:30 PM in the City Council Chambers.

Thanks to those of you who joined us on April 11, 2018 for the 3rd public meeting where we lead you through the 1st draft plan.

 At the next meeting the planning team will review the revised draft and gather your input on it. You can study the 2nd draft in detail at Explore the Draft

The Forest Drive/Eastport Sector Study will define a vision for the corridor and identify recommendations to achieve this vision.

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Timeline Step 4 Revised May 31
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  1. Sally Nash

    Chief of Comprehensive Planning
    Phone: 410.260.2200 ext 7792

  2. Eric Borchers

    Comprehensive Planner
    Phone: 410.260.2200 ext 7789

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  1. Process & Timeline
  2. Public Input
  3. Purpose
  4. Background
  5. Milestones
  6. Previous Studies

The study process is currently in Step Four, highlighted below.

early spring - early fall 2017

The planning team will meet with local groups and stakeholders from many backgrounds to begin to identify the main issues for the sector study. The team will also meet with the Planning Commission to get feedback on the issues and topics that have come up in the stakeholder meetings. Notes from all meetings are posted on the website and there will be opportunities, such as a survey, for people who are interested in the project to share their thoughts. The final part of this step is an Open House Public Meeting where the planning team will continue to gather concerns and summarize what it has heard so far.

Timeline & Meetings

Date
Event / Activity
March 16, 2017
Preliminary outreach with Annapolis Neck Peninsula Federation
March 25, 2017
Preliminary outreach Annapolitans for Responsible Development
April 20, 2017
Briefing with Environmental Matters Committee
April 25, 2017
Planning Commission Work Session to discuss process
May 18, 2017
Briefing with Environmental Matters Committee
May 24, 2017
Briefing with Transportation Board
June 21, 2017*
Planning Commission Work Session to discuss major topics of the plan
July 11, 2017*
Stakeholder Meetings with business owners, developers, government officials
July 12, 2017*
Stakeholder Meetings with environmental groups
July 13, 2017*
Stakeholder Meetings with mobility groups
July 14, 2017*
Stakeholder Meetings with non-profit groups and neighborhood associations
July 17, 2017*
Stakeholder Meetings
July 19, 2017*
Planning Commission Work Session to discuss economic development
July 20, 2017*
Stakeholder meetings @ Eastport Fire Station - 6:00, 7:00 & 8:00 PM
July 24 - September 28, 2017
Gathering input via survey: https://goo.gl/forms/nFLNHULEGT2b5mqq2
August 30, 2017*
Transportation Board Meeting
September 20, 2017*
Planning Commission Work Session to discuss mobility
September 27, 2017
Open House Public Meeting #1 @ Pip Moyer Recreation Center (273 Hilltop Lane) 6:30 PM. We gathered input on your concerns and summarized the issues we have heard from the 1st survey and from stakeholder interviews.
*Notes associated


mid fall - mid winter 2017/2018

Once the planning team has collected information on the types of issues present in the sector study area, it will begin to identify appropriate existing solutions and solicit new ones through another series of surveys, interviews, and meetings. The data collected earlier will be analyzed and supplemented. The finding from this data will be shared with the public and stakeholders on the website and with the Planning Commission. Brainstorming sessions will generate potential future policies. The final part of this step is an Open House Public Meeting where the planning team will explore the major themes and what policies would result from these themes.

Timeline & Meetings

Date
Event / Activity
September 28 - October, 2017
Compiling and integrating input gathered to date. Finalizing collection of issues
October - November, 2017
Data analysis and refinement
October 12 - January 12, 2018
Gathering input via 2nd survey: https://goo.gl/forms/X2S0FPPu3GECNZCP2
November 2, 2017*
Planning Commission Work Session to discuss public input (meeting materials)
December 12, 2017
Open House Public Meeting #2: How do the major themes and issues we've heard so far translate into actionable items?
*Notes associated


winter 2017/18

The policies and actions identified in Step Two will be etched out for details to present to the public, stakeholders, and officials. These groups will provide feedback on the makeup and viability of solutions and whether to remove or add items to the list. The data informing the study will be refined to fill in the missing gaps in desired information expressed in meetings and interviews so far in the process, and to reflect an evolving outlook on the sector study. During this round of engagement, participants and stakeholders will contribute their thoughts on how best to implement the proposed ideas that have surfaced and have been fine-tuned. 

Timeline & Meetings

Date
Event / Activity
Jan. - Feb., 2018
Data refinement
January 17, 2018*
Planning Commission Work Session
February 1, 2018*
Planning Commission Work Session
February 21, 2018*
Planning Commission Work Session
March 21, 2018
CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER -- Planning Commission Work Session
April 5, 2018
Planning Commission Work Session
*Notes associated


spring 2018

After a deliberation with the Planning Commission over the direction and progress of the study to that point, and the planning team is comfortable with the milestones reached, it will convert the process into a guide for the future land use and development of the sector study area. They do so by revisiting and piecing together the recorded outcomes from the first three steps of the process into a draft plan document. The drafted document will serve as the collective vision of the residents, businesses, and other stakeholders in the Forest Drive corridor and in Eastport. The document becomes open to public comment online and in person through a series of further meetings to ensure that everything is accounted for and that residents, business owners, and other stakeholders are satisfied with the product of their contribution.

Timeline & Meetings

Date
Event / Activity
March - April, 2018
Draft preliminary plan
April 11, 2018
Public Meeting #3 in Council Chambers from 6:30 - 8:30 PM
April 12 - May 1, 2018Community Survey: Draft Plan
May 16, 2018
Planning Commission Work Session
June 20, 2018Public Meeting #4 in Council Chambers from 6:30 - 8:30 PM
*Notes associated


Step Five Graphic

summer 2018


To conclude the process, the planning team will again meet with the Planning Commission, once there is agreement among the public, to assess the changes that need to be addressed and carried out in the final draft. The changes will be based on input gathered and on what would be most actionable . To reflect on what was accomplished, the team and Commission will review what could be improved on for the next time and what are the meritable achievements. A final draft plan will then be brought to the Planning Commission and City Council through a series of public hearings where the public can offer additional comment.

  • June-July: Refine draft document
  • August-October: Plan goes to Planning Commission and City Council for public hearings



Ongoing Graphic


  • Surveys, social networking, other public outreach meetings, monitoring progress, and data collection.
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