Board or Committee Meeting
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Agenda

 

FIVE HUNDRED FIFTY NINTH MEETING

TUESDAY–JULY 31, 2018– 7:00 P.M.

AGENDA

 

PLEASE NOTE: If you wish to be heard at this meeting please sign the speaker list provided on the table at the side of the Council Chamber.  The Chairman reserves the right to limit the amount of time each speaker has for each agenda item.

  1. Roll Call
  2. Approval of Minutes from the June 26, 2018 meeting
  3. Amended Site and Landscape Plan Application and Resolution No. 18-03-PC, American Legion Post 60, filed by Freelance Construction Inc

 

     Public Hearing on Application

 

     Final Action by Planning Commission

 

  1. Special Exception Application No. 885, Zips Dry Cleaners, 706 Washington Boulevard, filed by BBB Enterprise Inc. for recommendation to the Board of Appeals.

 

  1. Amended Site and Landscape Plan Application and Resolution No. 18-02-PC, Chi-bal Mexican Kitchen,  14933 Baltimore Avenue, filed by Roberto Ramirez

 

      Public Hearing on Application

 

      Final Action by Planning Commission

 

  1. Concept Site and Landscape Plan Application and Resolution No. 18-01-PC, Contee Crossing III, filed by Legend Builders Inc

 

     Public Hearing on Application

 

     Final Action by Planning Commission

 

  1. Adjourn

Minutes

FIVE HUNDRED FIFTY NINTH MEETING

CITY OF LAUREL PLANNING COMMISSION

TUESDAY- JULY 31, 2018

 

The meeting convened in the Council Chambers of the Laurel Municipal Center at 7:01 P.M., with Chairwoman Mitzi R. Betman, presiding.  The roll was called with Mr. John Kish, Mr. Bill Wellford and Councilman Smalls present. Also present were Ms. Christian L. Pulley, Director (acting as Secretary), Mr. Robert Love, Deputy Director, Mr. Monta Burrough, Planner II and Mr. Nathan Grace, Planner II. There were approximately fifteen (15) members of the public in attendance.

 

The minutes of the June 26, 2018 meeting were approved with the correction of the date, on motion by Mr. Wellford, seconded by Mr. Kish, and carried on a roll call vote of all members present.

 

            Next, Mr. Nathan Grace, Planner II, presented the Technical Staff Report dated July 19, 2018 regarding the Amended Site and Landscape Plan Application- American Legion – 2 Main Street, filed by Mr. John Gerrich, Freelance Construction, Inc., P.O. Box 1165 Laurel, Maryland  20725.  Mr. Grace stated that the applicant was seeking approval to extend an existing deck, 1,248 square feet into the parking lot, relocate five (5) handicap parking spaces to the front of the building, and lowering the curb, where the five (5) handicap spaces will relocate to and extending it five (5) feet to make it handicap accessible, to be located at 2 Main Street.  There will be 159 parking spaces including 6 handicapped parking spaces. The property is zoned I-CS (Industrial Commercial Services). The Technical Staff Report recommended approval of the request with conditions.

 

Chairwoman Betman opened the public hearing regarding at 7:05 p.m. and noted that there was no one signed up, however, the applicant John Gerrich, Freelance Construction Inc., P.O. Box 1165 Laurel, MD  20725 was in attendance to answer any questions on the project. Councilman Smalls asked the applicant if it was ever considered to move the deck to another area. The contractor stated “No”.  Chairwoman Betman closed the public hearing at approximately 7:07 p.m.

 

The Commission, on motion by Mr. Wellford, seconded by Mr. Kish, and carried on a roll call vote of all members present, voted to approve the Amended Site and Landscape Plan Application for 2 Main Street and Resolution No. 18-03-PC with the conditions listed in the Technical Staff Report.

 

The next agenda item was for Special Exception Application No. 885- Zip’s Dry Cleaners- 706 Washington Blvd, filed by BBB Enterprise Inc., 14705C Baltimore Avenue Laurel, Maryland 20707.  Mr. Monta Burrough stated that the Applicant was seeking approval to operate a dry cleaners. The building was constructed in 1985 and property is zoned C-G (Commercial General). Per the ordinance, a dry cleaning plant is permitted only through Special Exception approval. This property was previously the Monro Muffler Brake and more recently the Nankee Auto Tune & Lube. The proposed dry cleaners meets the required parking for a dry cleaner plant.

 

Chairwoman Betman opened the public hearing regarding at 7:11 p.m.  The applicant’s attorney, Victor Graves, 1680 E. Gude Drive Rockville, Maryland 20850, stated ZIPS wanted to remain in the City of Laurel for the relocation. Mr. Graves stated he is in attendance to answer any questions from the Commission. He also requested that the statement of justification and staff report be adopted and included in the record. Mr. Graves also stated it was a pleasure working with the city staff on this application.

 

The applicant, Bart Castello, BBB Enterprise Inc., stated they have been here for more than 20 years and plan to stay in the area. Currently, the business is located in 6,500 square feet space; however, the new location is 3,900 square feet. Changes have been made with cleaning technology and compact equipment, therefore, they can move to a smaller location. He believes the business relocation will be a positive presence within the city. Chairwoman Betman closed the public hearing at 7:17 p.m.

 

The Commission, on motion by Mr. Kish, seconded by Mr. Wellford, and carried on a roll call vote of all members present, voted to recommend approval for Special Exception Application No. 885, 706 Washington Blvd Laurel, Maryland  20707 with the conditions listed in the Technical Staff Report to the Board of Appeals.

 

Next item was for the Amended Site and Landscape Plan Application and Resolution No 18-02-PC- Chi’bal Tequla Bar and Mexican Kitchen- 14933 Baltimore Avenue Laurel, Maryland  20707 filed by Roberto Ramirez, 13 Atwood Court  Silver Spring, Maryland  20906.  Mr. Nathan Grace presented the Technical Staff Report dated July 18, 2018 and stated the applicant is seeking approval for an Amended Site and Landscape Plan to install a fenced in 790 square feet seasonal outdoor patio. The installation includes bollards and concrete planters. The property was constructed in 1978 and is zoned C-G (Commercial General).  The Technical Staff Report recommended approval of the request with certain conditions.

 

Chairwoman Betman opened the public hearing on the application at 7:21 p.m.

There was nobody signed up to speak on this agenda item. Chairwoman Betman closed the public hearing at 7:21 p.m.    

 

Chairwoman Betman stated Councilmember Sydnor, Chair of the Public Safety and Transportation Committee, provided a letter for the record to staff. In addition, Chairwoman Betman thanked staff and Mr. Sydnor for working together to ensure safety of the proposed project. There was discussion between the Commission and staff regarding the proposed patio and fencing.

 

 The applicant, Roberto Ramirez, 13 Atwood Silver Spring, Maryland 20906, stated the fence would be painted metal with a solid guardrail that you would be able to see through. The fence would be screened around the patio and would serve as a protection measure for the patrons. However, the concrete bollards would serve, as protection for incoming traffic. Customers will enter the patio from inside. They plan to take a window out to put in a door since there is not one there now for the patio.

 

 The Commission, on motion by Mr. Wellford, seconded by Mr. Kish and carried on a roll call vote of all members present, voted to approve the Amended Site and Landscape Plan Application and Resolution No18-02-PC, Chi’bal Tequla Bar and Mexican Kitchen, 14933 Baltimore Avenue Laurel, Maryland  20707 with the conditions listed in the Technical Staff Report.    

 

The last item on the agenda was for the Concept Site and Landscape Plan Application and Resolution No. 18-01-PC. Mr. Robert Love presented the technical staff report of the proposed development. Mr. Love stated that the applicant is seeking Concept Site and Landscape Plan Approval to subdivide 7.22 acres of land to construct 26 single family detached dwellings. The subject property is located at Contee Road. The property was annexted into the City in 2006 as R-55 (One Family Detached). The subject properties Final Subdivision Plan was previously approved in 2007 to create 35 buildable lots to construct single-family detached dwellings. There will also be a storm water management area,  a new road, sidewalk, utilities and landscaping. In addition, Mr. Love stated the applicant should consider adding a park to the community and said it was listed as a condition in the staff report. Mr. Love recommended approval with conditions outlined in the staff report.

 

The applicant, Mike Collins, Legend Builders, Inc., 307 Compton Avenue Laurel, Maryland, spoke about the proposed project and informed the Commission that the project was approved in 2007 for 35 lots and now was proposing 26; will be smaller due to addition of the park. However, since it was never developed the approvals had expired, therefore, he had to revise the application to meet today’s standards. Mr. Collins stated there are new regulations that will require dry wells to be installed that will address the run off issues. In addition, he will work with the current HOA with the proposed development. Mr. Collins added he predicts it would be a two-year project from start to finish. There was discussion among the Commission members and the applicant. Councilman Smalls questioned the applicant if the new storm water management system will help alleviate the water issues in the surrounding area. The applicant stated he believed so because new laws require no water run-off in new developments. Councilman Smalls also commented that a new playground is a major bonus to the area.

 

Chairwoman Betman asked staff to explain what was currently being presented and what would the next steps be if approved. Mr. Love explained the current review and approval is for the concept plan. The applicant would need to obtain other zoning approvals by the Planning Commission, which would be for the Forest Conservation, Preliminary Subdivision Plan and Final Site and Landscape Plan approval.

 

Mrs. Ty and Mr. Glenn Brown, 13813 Clarkwood Lane, expressed their concern regarding extra community fees, construction disruptions in the area, timeframe of construction, deforestation, pulling together the communities, HOA and traffic patterns, what will the impact be and if there are data on accidents in the area. Councilman Smalls stated that is a County road so the City of Laurel had no say in it, however, he agrees it is an inconvenience. Chairwoman Betman suggested the builder and resident get together to discuss some remedies to bring the communities together.

 

Mr. Stanley Robinson, 13817 Clarkwood Lane, spoke regarding concern on the tree buffers, weak trees, matching mailboxes (would like to see them uniform) and houses look too similar to Contee I and Contee II.  He added the sizes of the houses are different sizes, would like to see them similar in size.

 

Mr. Jim McKenney, 13916 Chadsworth Terrace, walking or running trails, concern of construction equipment and how this development will affect his development (Contee Crossing I). He confirmed he did get notification of this meeting. Chairwoman Betman added he should receive notifications on future meetings regarding this project as well.

 

Mr. Adetowun Awe, 13900 Clarkwood Lane, made a comment regarding the deforestation, concern with snakes, he would like to see a solution that is family friendly.

 

Ms. Busola Patrick, 13900 Clarkwood Lane, stated there is an increased thefts during construction and asked the Commission what will be done to help that. She also stated a uniformity of homes would be nice to help home values stay the same. Chairwoman Betman stated that would be a Police Department matter but we will look into having extra eyes on the area.

 

Mr. Abass Wurie, 13815 Clarkwood Lane, would like to see a playground for the kids and he has a concern with a bill he received for extra utilities. The builder, Mr. Collins, stated that bill is coming from WSSC. Chairwoman Betman stated that bill is not coming from the City of Laurel, it is not anything we are associated with or have control over. Lastly, Mr. Wurie stated he agrees with everything that has been said tonight from the other speakers. There was no one else signed up to speak and no one else from the public came forward. Chairwoman Betman closed the public hearing at 7:59.

 

The Commission, on motion by Mr. Wellford, seconded by Mr. Kish, and carried on a roll call vote of all members present, voted to approve the Concept Site and Landscape Plan Applicant and Resolution No. 18-01-PC with the conditions listed in the Technical Staff Report.                                                                                                                                                 

 

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:00 p.m.

 

 

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