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The ECA is a non-profit, member-based community association.  We engage in activities that improve the quality of life in the Eastport Community and build relationships with our local officials. 


Membership is open to homeowners and renters who reside in Eastport.

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Forest Drive/Eastport Sector Study Open House Public Meeting #2

Tuesday, Dec. 12
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
arrive at anytime within the two hours
Pip Moyer Recreation Center
273 Hilltop Lane


The Forest Drive / Eastport Sector Study is in its second phase. So far, the City has heard from hundreds of Annapolitans about what issues they see on Forest Drive and in Eastport. Now they will move on to policy identification.
 
At the meeting, the planning team will propose ideas for potential policies and actions to follow in the sector area. You can stay updated on the status of the Forest Drive / Eastport Sector Study by visiting www.annapolis.gov/study, and even post comments on the process itself, or any other concerns/thoughts related to the sector study at the City’s open forum: annapolis.gov/communityvoice. The sector study webpage is regularly updated each week as meetings occur and milestones are reached.

The policy identification phase, the second step in the process, has so far involved synthesizing all of the input gathered to inform the work conducted by each member of the planning team. Lists of issues as direct comments by theme (mobility, land use, etc.) have been assembled to begin identifying specific solutions that could apply broadly and to localized problems alike. The collection of input has helped shape the second community survey, where respondents make a series of choices for mobility, land use, environmental, and other policies/actions, that the City is currently accepting responses for. Take the survey.

For questions, please contact Sally Nash at snash@annapolis.gov or 410-260-2200.


Background: The City held a Planning Commission Work Session on the Forest Drive/Eastport Sector Study on November 2. Several ECA members attended to hear about the status of the study and the questions by the Planning Commissioners. The ECA is sending some questions to the Commissioners suggesting they be used in the work session, and asking for a public work session in which we can participate. In addition, ECA sent a letter to the Planning Commission with observations, questions and suggestions. Read it here.



ECA General Membership Meeting

Thursday, January 18, 2018
Coffee at 7 p.m., meeting at 7:30 p.m.
NEW LOCATION
Eastport United Methodist Church
926 Bay Ridge Avenue



ALDERMAN ROSS ARNETT UPDATE ON EASTPORT SHOPPING CENTER


Alderman Arnett wants to make sure that all interested residents know the current status of the debated density of the proposed Eastport Shopping Center proposal. There are three density appeals being considered, one appeal by Alderman Arnett. The appeals challenge the determination made by Planning and Zoning Director Peter Gutwald. The challenges currently rest with the Board of Appeals, which is expected to hold a hearing on November 8 at 7:30 p.m. No public testimony or comment will be taken on November 8. If the appeals are not dismissed when the Board of Appeals meets in private on November 9, the appeals will proceed to a hearing on the merits at a date set by the Board of Appeals that is likely to be in 2018. The detailed process to be followed was laid out by Mr. Fred Sussman, Appeals Board attorney advisor. Click here for Mr. Sussman’s directive.

Alderman Arnett has also summarized the background on the density calculation issue. He has worked with the Ward 8 community in town hall meetings and ECA general meetings to try to understand the size of the Solstice Partners proposal, the traffic impacts, and the relationship of the proposal to city codes. Alderman Arnett concluded, over this last year, that the density calculation being used by the developers permitted more apartments and a larger development than the City Code permits. He describes the methods and the reason for his appeal and that of the Concerned Citizens. He says, “I believe that as a quasi-legislative branch of the City government, it is the duty of the City Council Members to monitor and act as checks and balances on the operation of the executive operations (Planning Department) of City government. Click here to read Alderman Arnett’s full statement.



Redistricting Plan for Annapolis Elementary and Middle Schools

This spring, the Board of Education approved a sweeping redistricting plan for the Annapolis Peninsula, changing attendance boundaries for eight of the Annapolis cluster’s nine elementary schools and both of its middle schools - including Eastport - to better utilize space in facilities across the peninsula, reduce overcrowding issues, and establish a more neighborhood feel to school attendance areas. See a map of the new attendance areas for EES (PDF). The communities of Harbour House, Eastport terrace, Colony Hills, Parkwood/Springdale, Severn House, Fairview, August Woods and Spa Cove will attend Eastport Elementary as of this fall. We will have many more "walkers" with this neighborhood consolidation. Street and Sidewalk safety issues will develop as a result. Have a street, sidewalk, intersection, etc, of concern? Respond to the survey and get your views known now. Share this survey with friends and neighbors!



Eastport Scavenger Hunt

Come and step into history with this fun, free scavenger hunt in Eastport. It's fun for the whole family. Download this walking guide (PDF) and start hunting!



ECA COMMITTEES


Architecture & Zoning: Eric Pilka, Chair
Communications: Susy Smith, Chair
Eco-Action: Diane Butler, Chair
Grants: Deborah Dillon, Chair

Home & Garden Tour: Holly Foster, Chair
Membership: Jane Lawrence & Dretta Peterson, Chair

Nominating: Being formed
Safety: Daniel Orr, Chair

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Annapolis, MD 21403
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