Public Hearing
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Agenda

FIVE HUNDRED FORTY-THIRD MEETING

TUESDAY–NOVEMBER 15, 2016– 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 September 13, 2016 meeting.
  3. Special Exception Application No. 863- 9701 Fort Meade Road Suite 200, filed by The Shadow of the Almighty Ministries for recommendation to the Board of Appeals.
  4. Special Exception Application No. 864- 1 Second Street, filed by Mastec Network Solutions/Verizon Wireless for recommendation to the Board of Appeals.
  5. Special Exception Application No. 865- 154 Lafayette Avenue Suite C, filed by Big City Body Art for recommendation to the Board of Appeals.
  6. Adjourn.

Minutes

The meeting convened in the Council Chambers of the Laurel Municipal Center at 7:00 P.M., with Chairwoman Mitzi R. Betman presiding. The roll was called with Vice Chairman John R. Kish and Mr. Bill Wellford present. Also present were Mr. Martin A. Flemion, Executive Officer, Mr. Jack T. Brock, Director, Karen P. Ruff, Esquire, City Attorney, Ms. Christian L. Pulley, Assistant Director, Mr. Nathan D. Grace, Planner and Ms. Sara Green, Secretary to the Commission. There were approximately six (6) members of the public in attendance.

 

The minutes of the September 13, 2016 meeting were approved on motion by Mr. Kish, seconded by Mr. Wellford, and carried on a roll call vote of all other members present as written.

 

The next agenda item was Special Exception Application No. 863 for 9701 Ft. Meade Road Suite 200 (zoned CG- Commercial General) filed by The Shadow of the Almighty Ministries. Ms. Pulley presented the Technical Staff Report stating that the Applicant was seeing a special exception to operate a house of worship. Ms. Pulley said that the Applicant agreed that if the special exception were approved the House of Worship would not operate during the following hours when the Dutch Amish Market is open: Thursday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. to avoid any parking and traffic issued that could possibly occur on site if the two were to operate at the same time. Further, Ms. Pulley said that the Pastor of the Church stated that the Church had never hosted a wedding or funeral but if either event were to occur, it would be planned for a day and time that the Dutch Amish Market is closed. Ms. Pulley stated that the Technical Staff Report recommended approval of the application with conditions.

 

Pastor Anthony, Shadow of the Almighty Ministries addressed the Commission and stated that he was available for questions. The Commissioners did not have any questions for the Pastor. There were no other members of the public signed up to speak regarding the application.

 

The Commission, on motion by Mr. Wellford, seconded by Mr. Kish, and carried on a roll call vote of all members present, voted to recommend approval of Special Exception Application No. 863 with the conditions listed in the Technical Staff Report to the City of Laurel Board of Appeals.  

 

Next, the Commission heard the request for Special Exception Application No. 864 for 1 Second Street (zoned CG- Commercial General) filed by Mastec Network Solutions for Verizon Wireless. Mr. Nathan Grace 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.

 

Mr. Greg Diamond, Counsel for Verizon Wireless addressed the Commission and stated that he was in agreement with the Technical Staff Report and noted a grammatical error on Page Four of the document. There were no other members of the public signed up to speak regarding the application.

 

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 of Special Exception Application No. 864 with the conditions as presented in the Technical Staff Report to the City of Laurel Board of Appeals.

 

The last agenda item was Special Exception Application No. 865 for 154 Lafayette Avenue Suite C (zoned ICS- Industrial Commercial Services) filed by Big City Body Art. Ms. Pulley presented the Technical Staff Report stating that the Applicant was requesting approval to operate a tattoo and body piercing studio. Ms. Pulley stated that the Applicant signed an agreement to comply with pending City regulations for tattoo and body piercing studios.  Chairwoman Betman stated that Mr. John Ryan, Owner, Big City Body Art was signed up to speak regarding the application. Mr. Ryan stated that he was available for questions. Chairwoman Betman noted that there were no other members of the public signed up to speak regarding the application. Mr. Wellford stated that he toured the facility earlier in the day and felt that it was setup very nicely and looked clean and appeared to be a professionally run operation.

 

The Commission, on motion by Mr. Wellford, seconded by Mr. Kish, and carried on a roll call vote of all members present, voted to recommend approval of Special Exception Application No. 865 with the conditions listed in the Technical Staff Report to the City of Laurel Board of Appeals. 

 

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:15 p.m.

 

 

Approved:  Sara Green, Secretary to the Commission                                                                            Date:   December 13, 2016

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