Working Groups

Another component of the Comprehensive Plan update is a series of working groups that will focus in refined detail on pressing themes. These themes - Resiliency, Affordable Housing, and Healthy Communities - fit seamlessly into the content and framework of the plan. 

The groups will be made up of experts in related fields, resident stakeholders, and representatives from City staff working on relevant issues. Over the course of each working group, the participants will dive deep in brainstorming and discussing the array of factors influencing the respective topic. Eventually this collaborative process will inform a series of strategies to incorporate into the Comprehensive Plan. These strategies will be accompanied by performance measures and targets to ensure we achieve them as intended.

Each working group will run in succession, not in conjunction with one another, with the first being the Resilience working group.

  • Resiliency

Spring 2019 - Winter 2020

Participants:

City staff - Mayor’s office, Planning and Zoning, Office of Emergency Management, Office of Environmental Policy

Boards and commissions - Annapolis Conservancy Board, Environmental Commission, Planning Commission

University of Maryland Center for Global Sustainability (CGS)

Working group meetings:

DateMeeting Accomplishments
May 31, 2019
  • Stakeholders came to an agreement over how to define resilience in order to maintain focus and also be inclusive of all that is an indicator of resilience or vulnerability
  • Explored ideas for what a framework for resilience planning could look like with a robust set of assets, priority actions, targets, and baselines
  • Discussion of priority areas materialized into distinctive categories for assets of infrastructural, social and environmental
June 24, 2019
  • Visited preliminary asset table that was populated by working group participants in the interim to discuss and confirm assets and their pertinent stressors
  • Modified asset table by revising according to those that were missing and those that were not as imnportant
  • Partook in a discussion of subsequent steps toward a resilience framework such as prioritizing assets and hazards, bringing the public into the process, and a timeline for deriving actions
August 6, 2019
  • Revisited master asset table to ensure the entire working group is in agreement over the makeup of each asset, their importance, and the climate and non-climate stressors that affect them
  • Discussed process of how to proceed with identifying community actions and prioritization
  • Addressed plan for community engagement and how to integrate the resilience framework into the Comprehensive Plan
October 9, 2019
  • Repackaged all assets into tables grouped by similar prioritization from high to medium to low
  • Began deciding upon timeframes with which to address each asset as short-term, medium-term, long-term, or ongoing
  • Began developing action areas to capture actions that address threats to assets
October 21, 2019
  • Confirmed that priority and timeframe for assets was appropriate
  • Begun identifying goals, strategies, performance measures, performance targets and actions for each asset
November 5, 2019
  • Deliberated over assets, starting with high priority to shore up goals, strategies, etc. and clarify their meaning and context
  • Filled in gaps in performance measures, performance targets, strategies, actions through meeting discussion
November 14, 2019
  • Began brainstorming outreach strategy among key stakeholders and general public, for Resilience Master Plan
  • Continued devising goals and deliberating over performance measures, performance targets and strategies
December 9, 2019
  • Discussed and refined outreach strategy
  • Came to an agreement on realistic timeline for outreach over Resilience Master Plan

This working group will build on previous resiliency efforts such as the award winning effort Weather It Together.  

  • Housing

Winter 2020 - Spring 2020

Participants:

City staff - Mayor’s office, Planning and Zoning, Office of Emergency Management, Police

Boards and commissions - Planning Commission

Action Annapolis, Homes for America, Serenity Sistas, Habitat for Humanity, Uplift Recovery Homes, HACA, Pathways

DateMeeting Accomplishments
December 19, 2019
Recovery Housing Representatives Meeting.  The needs of local groups providing housing for people recovering from addiction.  
January 7, 2020
Maryland Housing Needs Assessment Advisory Group, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development  is looking at regional issues and housing needs.  First meeting to set priorities.  
February 4, 2020
Housing Needs Assessment and Strategic Plan Meeting building on key principals.
February 18, 2020Housing Stakeholders meeting.  Discussion with housing and service providers about the crux of the issue on access to housing in Annapolis, including barriers and challenges.


  • Healthy Annapolis

On hold for now as prioritize our own immediate health