Board or Committee Meeting
Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Agenda

THREE HUNDRED THIRTY-NINTH MEETING

THURSDAY– DECEMBER 1, 2016- 7:00 P.M.

AGENDA

 

  1. Roll Call
  2. Approval of Minutes- September 22, 2016 Meeting
  3. Approval of Minutes- Executive Session of September 22, 2016
  1. Special Exception Application No. 863- 9701 Ft. Meade Road Suite 200 filed by the Shadow of the Almighty Ministries
  2. Public Hearing on Application
  3. Executive Session, if necessary
  4. Final Action by the Board of Appeals
  5. Action on Resolution No. 16-04-BOA
  6. Special Exception Application No. 864- 1 Second Street filed by Verizon Wireless
  7. Public Hearing on Application
  8. Executive Session, if necessary
  9. Final Action by the Board of Appeals
  10. Action on Resolution No. 16-05-BOA
  11. Special Exception Application No. 865- 154 Lafayette Avenue Suite C filed by Big City Body Art
  12. Public Hearing on Application
  13. Executive Session, if necessary
  14. Final Action by the Board of Appeals
  15. Action on Resolution No. 16-06-BOA
  16. Adjourn

 

 

Minutes

Convened:  7:03 P.M.

 

Board Members Present:    

                                        

Margaret A. Chenault, Chairwoman

Marlene Collins

Brian Lee

Mary Eileen Leszcz

 

Staff Present:

 

Karen P. Ruff, Esquire, Assistant City Solicitor

Jack T. Brock, Director, Department of Economic and Community Development

Christian L. Pulley, Assistant Director, Dept. of Economic and Community Development

Nathan Grace, Planner I

Sara Green, Secretary

                                                 

Citizens Present: 8

                                             

The minutes of the September 22, 2016 meeting were approved as written on motion by Mr. Lee, seconded by Mrs. Leszcz, with Mrs. Collins abstaining from the vote, and carried on a roll call vote of all other members present.

 

The next agenda item was the approval of the minutes from the Executive Session held at the September 22, 2016 meeting. The minutes were approved on motion by Mr. Lee, seconded by Mrs. Leszcz, with Mrs. Collins abstaining from the vote, and carried on a roll call vote of all other members present, as written.

 

Next, the Board heard the request for Special Exception Application No. 863, 9701 Ft. Meade Road Suite 200, zoned Commercial General (CG), filed by The Shadow of the Almighty Ministries, 9701 Ft. Meade Road Suite 200 Laurel, Maryland 20707. Ms. Pulley completed the reading of the record for the administrative process that was completed by Staff and presented the Technical Staff Report stating that the Applicant was requesting approval to operate a House of Worship at 9701 Ft. Meade Road Suite 200. Ms. Pulley stated that the church would also provide other services to their members which include, bible study, prayer meetings, counseling and mentoring programs. The proposed church would be located within an existing shopping center which also leased space to the Dutch Country Market which operated Thursday- 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Friday- 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday- 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Ms. Pulley said that the Applicant agreed not to operate during times the Dutch Country Market was open. Ms. Pulley stated that the Technical Staff Report recommended approval of the application.

 

Pastor Anthony Adenikinju, Applicant addressed the Board and stated that he was available for questions. Mrs. Collins said that the Technical Staff Report stated that the Church had agreed that if funerals or weddings were to be held at the Church in the future, they would not be scheduled during dates and times when the Dutch Country Market was in operation. Mrs. Collins asked the Applicant how many members it currently had. The Applicant stated that the Church had approximately 50 members. Mr. Lee asked if Staff had considered limiting the time that the Church can begin a service on a day that the Dutch Country Market was open to minimize the traffic impacts, i.e. if the Dutch Amish Country closes at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, conditioning the approval so that the Church could not begin services until 4:00 p.m. at the earliest to allow Dutch Country Market patrons and employees to leave the parking area before having Church members enter the lot. Ms. Pulley stated that she had considered that.

 

Chairwoman Chenault asked if there were any further questions for the Applicant or of Staff. Mr. Lee stated that he would be willing to make a motion for approval if a condition stating that on days the Dutch Country Market was open, the Church shall not have an event or service that begins until at least one (1) hour after the closing of the Dutch Country Market. Ms. Green asked if Mr. Lee wished to include the approval of the resolution in his motion. A brief discussion between Ms. Ruff and Ms. Green regarding the procedure for amending the resolution to include the additional condition ensued. Ms. Ruff stated that the Board could make a motion to approve the resolution with the amendment to the conditions and delegate the preparation to Staff. Mr. Lee agreed to the amendment and added the approval of Resolution No. 16-04-BOA to the motion. Mrs. Collins seconded the motion and roll call continued with Mrs. Leszcz voting “Yes”, and Chairwoman Chenault casting the final vote of “Yes”.

 

            The next agenda item was Special Exception Application No. 864 for 1 Second Street, zoned Commercial General (C-G) filed by Mastec Network Solutions on behalf of Verizon Wireless, 9115 Guilford Road Suite 400 Columbia, Maryland 21045. Mr. Grace completed the reading of the record for the administrative process that was completed by Staff and presented the Technical Staff Report stating that the Applicant was requesting approval to install twelve (12) panel antennas as well as an equipment platform with cabinets on the roof of the Quality Inn and Suites building located at 1 Second Street.

 

            Next, Greg Diamond, Esquire, 7500 Woodlawn Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland, Attorney for the Applicant addressed the Board and listed the engineers and consultants that were with him and available for questions. Mr. Diamond provided a summary of the Applicant’s request and stated that he was available for questions. Mrs.
Collins and Chairwoman Chenault stated that they didn’t have any issued with the application as long as the condition regarding obtaining a Structural Engineers report confirming that the existing roof would hold the weight of the proposed antennas safely, was complied with. Mr. Diamond assured the Board that his client would provide the required documentation at the time of permit application.

 

            On motion by Mr. Lee, seconded by Mrs. Leszcz and carried on a unanimous vote by all members present, Special Exception Application No. 864 was approved as presented in the Technical Staff Report.

 

Resolution No. 16-05-BOA Granting Special Exception Application No. 864 was adopted, on motion by Mr. Lee seconded by Mrs. Leszcz and unanimously carried on a roll call vote, by all members present.

 

 

Next, the Board heard Special Exception Application No. 865 for 154 Lafayette Avenue Suite C, zoned Industrial Commercial Services (ICS), filed by Big City Body Art. Ms. Pulley completed the reading of the record for the administrative process that was completed by Staff and presented the Technical Staff Report stating that the Applicant was requesting approval to operate a tattoo and body piercing studio at 154 Lafayette Avenue Suite C.

 

Chairwoman Chenault stated that the Applicant, Mr. John Ryan was signed up to speak. Mr. Ryan stated for the record that his address was 6415 Holly Marie Road Hanover, Maryland and that he was available for questions. Chairwoman Chenault asked Mr. Ryan what agency regulated tattoos and piercings in the State of Maryland. Mr. Ryan stated that there were currently no regulations at either or the State or County level regarding tattoo or piercings. Mrs. Collins asked Mr. Ryan if his business was associated with the War Fighters Motorcycle Club located within the same commercial condominium building. Mr. Ryan stated that he was the Sergeant of Arms for the Motorcycle Club and that he and many of the members were military veterans who participated in a lot of veteran programs and who had all been honorably discharged from the United States Military. Mr. Ryan stated that he was working with the City to establish regulations and briefly discussed the types of regulations, and health and sanitary practices Big City Body Art follows themselves to protect the health and safety of the not only the customers but the employees as well.

 

Mr. Lee thanked Mr. Ryan and all members of the military for their service and commended Mr. Ryan for working with the City Administration to prepare regulations for tattoo and body piercing facilities in the City. Mr. Lee stated that if need be, he was willing to serve on a committee to help the City prepare the regulations.  

 

On motion by Mr. Lee, seconded by Mrs. Collins and carried on a unanimous vote by all members present, Special Exception Application No. 865 was approved with the conditions as presented in the Technical Staff Report.

 

Resolution No. 16-06-BOA Granting Special Exception Application No. 865 was adopted, on motion by Mr. Lee seconded by Mrs. Collins and unanimously carried on a roll call vote, by all members present.

 

 

Adjournment:   7:41 P.M.

 

 

APPROVED:   Sara Green, Secretary to the Board                                                                                  DATE:  December 22, 2016

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