As of now, the Navy is not considering any sole source lease proposals for Greenbury Point. We received competing proposals from Anne Arundel County and the Naval Academy Golf Association for a sole source lease and management of Greenbury Point, which makes it no longer possible to consider either party's request. NSA Annapolis is currently evaluating the status and future of Greenbury Point in support of the mission of both the installation and the U.S. Naval Academy.
Questions and Answers: Updated 19 Aug , 2022
Q1. Why does having a second proposal preclude NSA Annapolis from proceeding with either proposal?
A1. Both requests were "unsolicited" sole source requests. A Sole source lease agreement presumes only one entity could address the requirements/concerns of NSA Annapolis/USNA. When a second "sole source" request was received, it negated the possibility that only one entity could address the requirements/concerns of NSA Annapolis. The standard process for leasing government property is not sole source but rather a competitive solicitation.
Q2. Mr. Chet Gladchuck’s recently had an interview published in the Capital Gazette and where he stated he is still hopeful and believed the NAGA proposal will be reviewed by the Navy chain of command very shortly. What is the Navy’s position on Mr. Gladchuck’s comments?
A2. As of now, the Navy is not considering any sole source lease proposals for Greenbury Point.
Q3. Will the Navy open a competitive bid for the lease and management of Greenbury Point?
A3. NSA Annapolis is currently evaluating the status and future of Greenbury Point in support of the mission of both the installation and the U.S. Naval Academy.
Q4. How much of the Greenbury Point Trail is currently open/available? Does fencing have to do with an upcoming golf course proposal, or were those placed for another reason?
A4. The fencing is to ensure public safety. The trail on Greenbury Point is currently open to the general public when the firearm ranges are not operational, or other training events do not preclude public access. The roads that many people use recreationally are within the Surface Danger Zone for the firearms range at NSA Annapolis and will be closed during range operations to ensure public safety. Additionally, portions of the trail are sometimes closed to do preservation and/or maintenance on the towers or the path. Any closures, signs, markings, restrictions, or otherwise are to ensure the safety of the public during range operations, or to complete routine maintenance without disruption.
Q5. To clear up the confusion: Is the proposal from the Naval Academy Golf Association for a new and additional golf course or to expand the existing course?
A5. The proposal is only a concept, but our understanding is that NAGA proposed to construct a new golf course on Greenbury Point that would replace the existing course.
Q6. Any additional information that you're able to share on this subject?
A6. As a vital component of present and future missions and needs of NSAA and USNA, we will continue to evaluate the status and future of Greenbury Point as those missions and needs change. In the meantime, we will continue to allow public access to Greenbury Point as operations and safety requirements allow. If our requirements for the use of Greenbury Point change, we will keep all interested parties informed.
Q7. Can you please share a copy of the Naval Academy Golf Association proposal?
A7. The letter from NAGA can be found here: Reading room (navy.mil)
Q8. When will the public be able to comment on the proposed project?
A8. As of now, the Navy is not considering any sole source lease proposals for Greenbury Point.
Q9. Why is there newly raised fencing on Greenbury point? Why is the gate consistently closed at the entrance of the nature trail?
A9. While we welcome our community to enjoy Greenbury Point, the primary mission of NSA Annapolis is to support military operations. The gate is closed when the firing range is operational because the trail's position is at risk. The fencing on Greenbury Point is to ensure individuals do not enter the trail when it is closed for safety. The fencing is unrelated to the proposed concept received from NAGA- there has been no construction or changes to Greenbury Point related to NAGA’s proposal. Greenbury Point will remain unchanged before any proposed concept has been through an extensive review process that includes an opportunity for public comment.
Gates at the entrances to the gravel access roads are closed and locked during evening hours: 8:00 p.m. - 5:00 a.m. (March 1 – October 31) and 6:00 p.m. - 5:00 a.m. (November 1 – February 28) and during periods of operational closures. Please keep in mind that Greenbury Point is subject to closure at any time without prior notification.
Q10. What about the USNA range's restricted area and danger zone? How can we build a golf course in a danger zone?
A10. Any activity in the Greenbury Point danger zones is restricted when the ranges are operational. any project would need to mitigate the danger somehow to avoid restricting portions of the site. Until a proposal undergoes the deliberate review process and becomes a final project, we will not know what the mitigation would be.
Q11. What does it mean to grant a sole source negotiated lease agreement?
A11. Authority to grant a sole-source lease is a kind of lease agreement that the Navy can issue without a competitive bidding process and can only be authorized by the Secretary of the Navy, delegated to DASN EI&E.
Q12. Why has the INRMP not been updated since 2014? Isn't periodicity every five years?
A20: NSAA is in the process of updating its INRMP and will post the updated plan when final.
Q12. How is the Navy able to change the designation of the land from a conservation space to potential commercial/recreational use?
A12. The Navy has the authority to change the designation of land to meet operational needs and requirements.
Q13: Are there plans to develop further the surrounding area, such as the former David Taylor Research site? Is there other development planned for Greenbury Point in addition to a golf course?
A13. The former 46.5-acre site of the David Taylor Research Center is owned by Annapolis Partners. The Navy has no update on the status of redevelopment, as initially proposed in 2002. In addition to the guest cottages currently under construction, NSA Annapolis Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR) proposed developing an RV Park near Possom Point.
Q14. I'm also trying to fact check this review stating around 500 trees were removed - https://www.facebook.com/wayne.pruitt.96/posts/10218686088602953
A14. I have not been able to confirm that 500 trees were removed. Our PWD combed through documentation and could not find that trees were removed. There have been several projects at the golf course over the last few years, and the only project that discussed tree removal was the Short Game Practice Course project. A building was installed, which required some trees to be removed, but they were mitigated with the replacement of trees.
Q15. Was there notice of the proposed Categorical Exclusion in the Federal Record for public input? Was the final Categorical Exclusion posted in the Federal Record? I'm having trouble locating both. Can you provide links or copies for both?
A15. The Council on Environmental Quality regulations provides for the establishment of Categorical Exclusions (CATEX) for those categories of actions that, after consideration by the Department of the Navy, have been determined to have no significant effect on the human environment, individually or cumulatively, under normal circumstances, and therefore do not require completion of an Environmental Assessment or Environmental Impact Statement. The Department of Navy List of existing 49 NEPA Categorical Exclusions can be found in Table 10-6 (pg. 10-41) in the Department of Navy Environmental Readiness Program Manual, publicly available via this link: 5090.1.pdf (navy.mil). Federal "Procedures on Establishing a New or Revised Categorical Exclusion" (https://ceq.doe.gov/docs/ceq-regulations-and-guidance/NEPA_CE_Guidance_Nov232010.pdf) requires that notice of proposed new or revised Categorical Exclusions be published in the Federal Register.
In 2019, the Department of Navy proposed new or revised Categorical Exclusions, and as required, a notice of these changes was published in the Federal Register (see attached). Subsequently, Table 10-6 of the Environmental Readiness Program Manual was updated to reflect the approved changes to the Department of Navy Categorical Exclusions. If and when the Department of Navy determines that an individual project or action, such as the 2019 NAGA Bunkers and Green Renovation project, is on the CATEX list (Table 10-6 of the manual), there is no requirement that the CATEX determination be published in the Federal Register.
Q16. Who owns and maintains the radio towers at Greenbury Point?
A16. The radio towers are owned and maintained by Anne Arundel County.
Q17. Who pays the water bill for the USNA golf course.
A17. NAGA is paying utilities for the golf course. They pay for electricity, gas, water and sewer. They have an irrigation system that is not tied in with the water the Navy provides.