Board or Committee Meeting
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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  1. Roll Call
  2. Approval of Minutes from the July 14, 2020 meeting
  3. Amended Site and Landscape Plan Application and Resolution No. 20-12-PC, 14805 Baltimore Avenue, filed by Ingleside Staggers

     

    Public Hearing on Application

    Final Action by Planning Commission

     

  4. Special Exception Application No. 907, Shell Gas Station, 711 Washington Boulevard/ 303 Gorman Avenue, filed by SMO Incorporated, for recommendation to the Board of Appeals

     

  5. Text Amendment No. 256 (Ordinance No. 1960) An ordinance amending the Unified Land Development Code (ULDC) definitions and use tables sections. The proposed update is part of a comprehensive review and update of the City’s zoning Code, for recommendation to the Mayor and City Council.

     

  6. Adjourn

Minutes

FIVE HUNDRED SEVENTY SEVENTH MEETING

CITY OF LAUREL PLANNING COMMISSION

TUESDAY- OCTOBER 20, 2020 – 6:00 P.M.

 

The meeting convened on a virtual platform through Zoom at 6:00 P.M., with Chairwoman Mitzi R. Betman presiding.  The roll was called with Council President Keith Sydor, Ex-Officio member, the Honorable G. Rick Wilson, Mr. John Kish, Vice-Chairman, Mr. Bill Wellford and Krystiana Bonheur. Also, present were and the Honorable Frederick Smalls, Alternate, Ms. Christian L. Pulley, Director of Economic and Community Development, Mr. Monta Burrough, Planner II, and Ms. Brooke Quillen, Secretary to the Commission. Present from the Office of Information Technology, Cinnamen Fisher, Application Specialist. There were approximately (4) four members of the public in attendance.

 

The minutes of the July 14, 2020 meeting were approved as written, on motion by Mr. Wellford seconded by Mr. Kish, and carried on a roll call vote of all members present.

 

The next agenda item was for Amended Site and Landscape approval application, filed by Ingleside Staggers, 14805 Baltimore Avenue Laurel, Maryland 20707.  Mr. Burrough stated the applicant is seeking Amended Site and Landscape Plan approval to construct a 126 square foot shed in the rear, adjacent to the existing parking lot. The property is zoned C-G (Commercial General).  A nail beauty supply store is the existing use at the site.         

 

Chairwoman Betman opened the public hearing at 6:17 p.m.

 

Chairwoman Betman stated there was no one signed up to speak on this item and the applicant was not on the call.

 

Chairwoman Betman closed the public hearing 6:22 p.m.

 

            It was discussed among the Commission and staff regarding possible fencing around the shed. Staff stated it is not required, as it is not treated the same as dumpsters. Ms. Betman explained as long as the doors to the shed are closed there is no major concern from the Commission. Mr. Burroughs will inform the applicant of this concern.

 

On motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Ms. Bonheur, and carried on a roll call vote of all members present to approve the Amended Site and Landscape Plan and Resolution No. 20-12-PC for 14805 Baltimore Avenue Laurel, Maryland 20707 as presented in the Technical Staff Report.

 

            Next on the agenda, was Special Exception with Variance approval Application No. 907, filed by SMO Incorporated, P.O. Box 2810 LaPlata, Maryland 20646.  Mr. Burrough stated the property is zoned Commercial General (C-G) and the existing site is a Shell gas station and a used car dealership (International Motors).  The existing address of the Shell Station is 711 Washington Boulevard and International Motors is 303 Gorman Avenue. The International Motors lot contains a sales office, various out building and over 40 parking spaces.  The lot with the existing Shell gas station is 24,978 square foot lot.  There is currently a 1,009 square foot convenience store and 8 multi-product dispensers under a canopy.

 

The applicant’s attorney, Mr. Daniel Lynch, McNamee Hosea Law Firm, 6411 Ivy Lane Suite 200 Greenbelt, Maryland 20770, thanked staff for guidance on the project and stated they do agree with the staff report and conditions. He briefly summarized the scope of the project and added they plan to address storm water management during redevelopment of this site.  Lastly, Mr. Lynch stated he along with the Civil Engineer and the applicant are available for any questions.

 

Mr. Andrew Lohr, Bohler Engineering, 16701 Melford Boulevard Suite 310 Bowie, Maryland 20715, added they will be widening the entry ways and drive aisles on the site. The pumps and underground tanks will all be replaced, with two additional dispensers.

 

Mr. Smalls expressed some concern on the design and stated he would like to see something more customizable and different in the city center.

 

Mr. Lynch stated the buildings on this site are actually smaller than other gas stations and a lot of thought and work was put into the architecture of this project. He believes overall it will look much better than it stands today.

 

The Commission, on motion by Ms. Bonheur, seconded by Mr. Kish, and carried on a roll call vote of all members present, voted to recommend approval of the Special Exception with Variance approval Application with the conditions as presented in the Technical Staff Report.

 

The applicant, Ms. Renee Montgomery, 102 Centennial Street La Plata, Maryland 20646 stated they hope to have the project done in approximately six (6) months, weather permitting.

 

Next on the agenda, was Text Amendment No. 256 (Ordinance No. 1960), filed by the Mayor and City Council.  Ms. Pulley stated the proposed text amendment No. 256 (Ordinance NO. 1960) would amend Chapter 20, Division I and V Sections: 20-6.13, 20-6.35, 20-7.8, 20-8.3, 20-9.5, 20-12, 20-22.13, 20-22.14, 2022.28, 20-22.47, 20-22.58, 20-22.74, 20-38.2, 20-38.11 and 20-40.3. Planning staff have been reviewing the Unified Land Development Code or alternatively referred to as the zoning ordinance to recommend changes for a comprehensive update. The last thorough review and approval occurred in 2011. The Code provides the City’s zoning requirements, subdivision regulations, forest conservation codes, and all other development-related regulations.  The goal of the update is to streamline the document to make it more user friendly for citizens, business owners and developers; as well as provide flexibility for various use types within the city’s zoning districts. The proposed text amendment is the first update with several others to come before the Council and Planning Commission over the next several months. 

 

Mr. Wilson asked staff to clarify the major and minor changes.

 

Ms. Pulley stated the major changes are modifying the use tables and ensuring each use has a definition. She added that the minor changes include in the MXT zone, ensure the approval process is clearly outlined, group home will be a new use and a pool is not considered an accessory, just needs a building permit and a fence.

 

The Commission, on motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Kish, and carried on a roll call vote of all members present, voted to recommend approval of Text Amendment No. 256 (Ordinance 1960) as presented in the Technical Staff Report and proposed ordinance to the Mayor and City Council.

 

The meeting adjourned at 6:34 p.m.

 

 

Approved:      LBQ                                                    Date:  11-10-2020

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