FIVE HUNDRED FORTY-FIRST MEETING
TUESDAY–JULY 12, 2016– 7:00 P.M.
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 14, 2016 meeting
3. Amended Site and Landscape Plan- 116 Washington Boulevard, filed by Dooly Homes, LLC.
4. Public Hearing on Application
5. Final Action by the Planning Commission
6. Action on Resolution No. 16-05-PC
The meeting convened in the Council Chambers of the Laurel Municipal Center at 7:12 P.M., with Chairwoman Mitzi R. Betman presiding. The roll was called with Councilman Fred Smalls, Ex-Officio Member, Vice Chairman John R. Kish, Mr. Bill Wellford, Mr. Donald E. Williford, and The Honorable G. Rick Wilson present. Also present were Mr. Martin A. Flemion, III, Executive Officer, Mr. Jack T. Brock, Director, Ms. Christian L. Pulley, Assistant Director, Mr. Monta Burrough, Planner II, and Mr. Nathan D. Grace, Planner I. There were approximately two (2) members of the public in attendance.
The minutes of the June 14, 2016 meeting were approved on motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Kish, and carried on a roll call vote of all other members present as written.
The next agenda item was the Amended Site and Landscape Plan Application for 116 Washington Boulevard filed by Dooly Homes, LLC. Ms. Pulley presented the Technical Staff Report stating that the Applicant was requesting approval to demolish an existing 5,320 square foot building and construct a new 5,940 square foot building to be used for office/retail businesses.
Mr. Wilson asked if a parking analysis was completed for the proposed building because he didn’t see on in the packet. Ms. Pulley explained that she had not included a parking analysis because the proposed plan meets the parking requirements for construction.
Councilman Smalls asked if the Commission was in favor of the proposed façade of the building or if not, to please comment before a vote because the approval of the plan would indicate acceptance of the proposed design. The Commissioners agreed that the façade was attractive and acceptable because it proposed the use of mostly brick, windows with canopies/awnings over them.
Chairwoman Betman stated that no one was signed up to speak regarding the application and opened the public hearing at 7:21 p.m. and asked if there was anyone in the audience who wished to speak regarding the request. Mr. Cecil Deonauth, 113 Irving Street Laurel, Maryland 20707 addressed the Commission and stated that he wanted to inquire about the parking requirements for office/retail space in general in the Unified Land Development Code and for restaurants. Mr. Deonauth explained that he was in the process of attempting to open a restaurant in the City and was trying to obtain more information on the City’s parking requirements. Ms. Pulley explained that the parking requirements differ from zone to zone and between different business types and that she would be glad to speak with Mr. Deonauth again in the office about parking requirements for his location. Chairwoman Betman asked Mr. Deonauth if he had anything to share or add regarding the proposed application for 116 Washington Boulevard. Mrs. Deonauth stated that he didn’t have any issues with the request and had nothing to add. The public hearing was closed at 7:26 p.m.
The Commission, on motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Kish, and unanimously carried on a roll call vote of all members present, voted to approve the Amended Site and Landscape Plan for 116 Washington Boulevard with the conditions listed in the Technical Staff Report.
The Commission then took action on Resolution No. 16-05-PC. On motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Kish, and unanimously carried on a roll call vote of all members present voted to approve Resolution No. 16-05-PC as presented.
Chairwoman Betman asked if there was any other business for the Commission. Mr. Wilson stated that he felt that Staff and the Commission needed to consider reviewing the parking regulations especially in the Main Street and US Route 1 area where available parking is limited. Councilman Smalls agreed with Mr. Wilson regarding the parking regulations and added that transportation in the area also needed to be considered. Mr. Brock stated that changes to parking regulations were part of an amendment he had been drafting to the Unified Land Development Code that would probably be presented to the Commission in September of 2016.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:35 p.m.
Approved: Sara Green, Secretary to the Commission Date: September 13, 2016