Group praises planning commission’s rejection of building moratorium

| July 16, 2017
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Walter Vasquez

Thursday night, City of Annapolis Planning Commission voted 4-3 against recommending a proposed moratorium on all planned development projects until September 1, 2018. The non-binding recommendation was made to the Annapolis City Council, which will likely vote on the moratorium in the next few weeks. The decision by the Planning Commission marks a roadblock for the proposed moratorium proposed by Aldermen Joe Budge (Ward 1) and Ross Arnett (Ward 8).

Walter Vasquez, business owner and founder of Annapolitans for Responsible Development, expressed his support for the decision and thanked the commission for the opportunity to speak on an issue that deeply impacts his community. For Vasquez, this was not only a good business decision, but the right thing to do.

“I understand that we are talking about codes – the right things and the wrongs things – but can we talk about human beings? The jobs? Those people, those kids that need to have a better meal, those people that need to have a better place to live. Those are the ones that I’m really concerned about,” Vasquez said.

Vasquez acknowledged the concerns about “too much growth,” but reminded the commissioners of their responsibility to look out for all Annapolitans.

“There are cities in this country that are begging for projects like this to come to their cities. They are embracing that,” Vasquez said.  “But now we are here, and because we are lucky, we are turning our backs to them. I mean honestly, I will say, can we be more human?”

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