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Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

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EIGHT HUNDRED AND THIRTY FIFTH MEETING

TUESDAY – JANUARY 10, 2021 – REGULAR – 6:00 P.M.

 

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  1. Roll Call.
  2. Approval of the Minutes for the Regular HDC meeting held on December 8, 2020.

3. HDC-040-2021 for 701 Main Street, submitted by Chester Higdon, requesting retroactive approval for the installation of a light brown with dark-brown trim wooden fence with a gate located in the front of the property.  The fence is located on an empty lot located on the corner of 701 Main Street.  The fence is currently 5’ 4” to 6’ along the front of the property.  The Applicant has been notified and agreed by email to cut the fence to appropriate height of 42”, per the City of Laurel Land Code.  Applicant was notified and agreed to cut a 1/8” gap in between each board, per the City of Laurel Land Code, a solid flat-board on board fencing of any height is not permitted in the front yard.

4. HDC-036-2021 for 342 Laurel Avenue, submitted by Jeffery Pohren, seeking retroactive approval to paint the gutters, window trim, and front porch columns.  Applicant has painted the window trim, front porch columns, and gutters Deep Breathe Blue (dark blue) from its original color of white. Applicant is also seeking retroactive approval to demolish the existing garage and remove existing fence. The existing garage was approximately 16.3’ X 27.4’ or 444.1 square feet.  The existing fence was 6’ in height and 24’ long.

5. HDC-041-2021 for 412 Prince George Street, submitted by Gemma Kuijpersg, seeking retroactive approval to perform a number of exterior renovations to the garage. Applicant proposes the repair of a crack in the garage’s wall, as well as a replacement of the existing white metal doors with custom wood doors (painted white with gray bordering) and the installation of a small ramp in front of the doors. The size of the new wood doors is unchanged from the previous metal doors.

 

Staff Approvals:

HDC-038-2021 for 617 Main Street, submitted by Sheryl T. McLean, request to install new sign for McLean and Tircuit Interior Design and Architectural Details, will be the same size and color scheme as other existing signs at Patuxent Place.

HDC-042-2021 for 412 Prince George Street, submitted by Gemma Kuijpersg, request to repaint house with “in-kind” color blue sapphire, and repair front porch with in-kind material color and style (wood, white and gray).

 

6. Adjourn

Minutes

MINUTES

EIGHT HUNDRED AND THIRTY FIFTH MEETING

TUESDAY – JANUARY 10, 2021 – REGULAR – 6:00 P.M.

 

*This meeting was conducted virtually through Zoom due to COVID-19*

 

Convened: 6:00 P.M.                                       Adjourned 6:47 P.M.

 

Commissioners Present:                                 Staff Present:

                                                                        Monta Burrough, Planner II, ECD

Councilmember Michael Leszcz                      Cinnamen Fisher, IT Department

Margie McCeney, Vice-Chair                          Robert Love, Deputy Director, ECD

Karen Lubieniecki                                           Joshua Mitchum, Planner II, ECD

Marlene Frazier                                                Brooke Quillen, HDC Coordinator, ECD

                                                                        Darnell Butler, Communications Department                                                                          

Commissioners Absent: Three (3)

Citizens Present:  Approximately two (2)

 

Acting Chairwoman McCeney called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m., read the Opening Statement and asked for a roll call. Four (4) commissioners answered present, constituting a quorum.

 

Acting Chairwoman asked if there were any corrections or comments regarding the Minutes from the Regular HDC meeting held on December 8, 2020. There were none.

On a motion by Ms. Lubieniecki, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz, the minutes were approved on (4) four affirmative votes.

 

HDC-040-2021 for 701 Main Street, submitted by Chester Higdon, requesting retroactive approval for the installation of a light brown with dark-brown trim wooden fence with a gate located in the front of the property.  The fence is located on an empty lot located on the corner of 701 Main Street.  The fence is currently 5’ 4” to 6’ along the front of the property.  The Applicant has been notified and agreed by email to cut the fence to appropriate height of 42”, per the City of Laurel Land Code.  Applicant was notified and agreed to cut a 1/8” gap in between each board, per the City of Laurel Land Code, a solid flat-board on board fencing of any height is not permitted in the front yard.

 

The applicant was present. There was discussion regarding the material of the fencing and that particle board was used. The applicant stated he used an outside stain on the particle board. There are serious concerns regarding the flat board fence which are typically not used. The applicant didn’t believe he needed HDC approval if the fence was on the church’s property. The use of the fence is for the kid’s programs for boy scouts and such. He thought it was an improvement to the property. The Commission reminded the applicant that this street is one of the historic roads in the City of Laurel. The Commission is familiar with the work of the church and appreciates all its efforts, however, this fence is not acceptable, as particle board is much weaker than plywood. The current panels are starting to warp already. The applicant will need to come back with another plan, with lumber and another style using maybe every other board. Applicant to keep in mind 42’’ is the rule for that site. More landscaping could be helpful as well.

On a motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Ms. Frazier, the application was TABLED for sixty (60) days on (4) four affirmative votes.

 

HDC-036-2021 for 342 Laurel Avenue, submitted by Jeffery Pohren, seeking retroactive approval to paint the gutters, window trim, and front porch columns.  Applicant has painted the window trim, front porch columns, and gutters Deep Breathe Blue (dark blue) from its original color of white. Applicant is also seeking retroactive approval to demolish the existing garage and remove existing fence. The existing garage was approximately 16.3’ X 27.4’ or 444.1 square feet.  The existing fence was 6’ in height and 24’ long.

The applicant was not present. There was discussion among the Commission and staff regarding the various violations regarding this project. The color shown in the picture and the color noted on the applicant looks different. Staff stated an inspection was made, and the color is a dark blue not black. It was also noted there was trash and debris in the rear yard. The oil tank and concrete block is still there. Staff noted code enforcement has been working with the applicant on this. The Commission believe the garage did provide some historic elements to the property. A stop work order was issued, fines were in place if the applicant did not come and apply. The applicant responded right away, however; it was after the garage was demoed. This is the reason why the HDC needs teeth, we need an opportunity to fine people otherwise there is no recourse for people when they The Commission requests the applicant come back with a future of this property, what will be done with the site where the garage was and the concrete pad that is still there.

On a motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Ms. Lubieniecki, the item was NOT approved on (4) four affirmative votes.

 

HDC-041-2021 for 412 Prince George Street, submitted by Gemma Kuijpersg, seeking retroactive approval to perform a number of exterior renovations to the garage. Applicant proposes the repair of a crack in the garage’s wall, as well as a replacement of the existing white metal doors with custom wood doors (painted white with gray bordering) and the installation of a small ramp in front of the doors. The size of the new wood doors is unchanged from the previous metal doors.

The applicant was on the call. The applicant stated she did not think this needed approval as the changes were minor.

On a motion by Ms. Lubienicki, seconded by Ms. Frazier, the item was approved on (4) four affirmative votes.

 

There was no further business.

 

The meeting adjourned at approximately 6:47 p.m.

 

 

Minutes Approved:    LBQ    Date:   2/17/2021

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