Recreational Facilities


The Director of the Recreation and Parks Department shall be responsible for review and assessment of proposed project with regard to the adequacy of recreational facilities.


The goal of adequate recreational facilities is to ensure that proposed projects contribute to and are served by adequate recreational facilities.


This certification applies to all proposed projects that include residential and mixed residential uses of 11 or more units. All other projects are exempt from the requirement of this Chapter.


Standards of this section shall include but shall not be limited to:

  • 1,000 square feet of public recreation space per each single-family detached dwelling unit;
  • 750 square feet of public recreation space per each single-family attached dwelling unit;
  • 500 square feet of public recreation space per each multifamily dwelling unit, two-family dwelling unit, or dwelling unit above the ground floor of nonresidential uses; or fees lieu of the provision of such public recreation space; or a combination of the above.

The fees for public park and recreation facilities are established by resolution of the City Council. They shall be reviewed and revised periodically to reflect changes in development and acquisition costs.


All development projects that fall under guidelines and requirements of O-32-06Revised9/10/07 (Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance) shall address adequacy standards as noted above through dedication of land pursuant to this Chapter and/or the payment of a dollar amount as established by resolution of the City Council.


A review of the proposed development as it addresses Recreational Facilities based on the standards as outlined in the Chapter and above.

The Director shall consider the extent to which the proposed Recreational Facilities meet the following guidelines:

  • The land and its development should result in an integral element of the comprehensive plan;
  • The land should be suitable for future park and recreation facilities;
  • The land should be of a size and horizontal and vertical configuration necessary for the design of recreation facilities such as play fields;
  • The land should have public access via a public street or an easement of an equivalent width and accessibility;
  • The land should provide linkage between city and/or other publicly owned recreation properties;
  • The land should be surveyed or adequately marked with survey monuments or otherwise readily distinguishable from adjacent privately owned property;
  • The land must have no known physical problems associated with it, such as problems with drainage, erosion or flooding, or the presence of hazardous waste;
  • The land should have no known on-site safety hazards.

Findings & Conclusions

If recreational facilities are not adequately addressed in the proposed development, a review of all applicable city park plans and/or an analysis of supply and demand data will occur to determine if land dedication or fee in lieu better meet the community's need for recreational facilities.

A developer may receive credit for park and recreational facilities provided in addition to the common open space requirements of 21.24.060 of Planned Developments if recreational purposes have been adequately defined as determined by the Recreation Director. These privately held recreational facilities should be continuously and permanently open to all residents of lots or dwelling units of the development. The facilities meet the minimum standards are determined by the Director. There must be a public record binding the owners, their successor to maintain the facilities at or above minimum standards. It will provide that if the facilities are not maintained at minimum standards the city may assume responsibility for maintenance and charge the costs thereof to all the lots or units within the development.

If analysis determines that suitable land is not available or not best suited for adequate public recreational facilities; fees in lieu will be collected. All fees in lieu collected pursuant to this regulation shall be used to address impacts within the city through the purchase of land, development of land, and/or improvement of facilities in accordance with the capital improvement program and the Parks and Recreation Chapter of the Annapolis comprehensive plan.

A written response of findings and conclusions will be provided to the Planning and Zoning Director.