Public Hearing
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Agenda

FIVE HUNDRED FORTY-FIFTH MEETING

TUESDAY–JANUARY 10, 2017– 7:00 P.M.

AGENDA (REVISED)

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 December 13, 2016 meeting.
  3. Text Amendment No. 244 (Ordinance No. 1900)- An Ordinance amending the City of Laurel Unified Land Development Code (ULDC), Section 20-9.5 to add Hotel/Motel Uses in the I-RTP- Industrial Research and Technology Park Zone, for recommendation to the Mayor and City Council.
  4. Election of Chairman.
  5. Election of Vice-Chairman.
  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. Chairwoman Betman stated that Mr. Donald E. Williford had resigned as Commissioner and thanked Mr. Williford for his many years of service to the Commission. Chairwoman Betman welcomed Ms. Kimberly Parker to the Commission. Ms. Parker stated that she had previously served on the Board of Appeals for many years and that she was looking forward to working with the Commission and continuing her service to the City. 

The roll was called with Vice Chairman John R. Kish, Mr. Bill Wellford, The Honorable G. Rick Wilson and Ms. Kimberly Parker present. Also present were Mr. Jack T. Brock, Director and Ms. Sara Green, Secretary to the Commission. There were zero (0) members of the public in attendance.

The next agenda item was the approval of the minutes of the December 13, 2016 meeting. Mr. Wilson noted that he had received the November 15, 2016 minutes instead of the December 13, 2016 meeting. Ms. Green apologized for the error and Mr. Wilson stated that the December 13, 2016 minutes could be approved at the next meeting and Chairwoman Betman and the Commissioners agreed.

Next, Mr. Brock presented the Technical Staff Report and proposed Ordinance for Text Amendment No. 244 (Ordinance No. 1900). Mr. Brock stated that the application was filed by Golden Realty, LLC., 1721 Reisterstown Road Pikesville, Maryland 21208 requesting amendment to the Unified Land Development Code (ULDC) to allow a hotel/motel use in the Industrial Research and Technology Park Zone (I-RTP) when the property is located within a Planned Development Area- Existing Zone (PDA-E).

Mr. Wilson said that the proposed ordinance mentioned that the height of any building shall not exceed sixty (60) feet and asked Mr. Brock if there were height restrictions in other zones within the City. Mr. Brock stated that the height restriction was already in the ULDC for the I-RTP zone. Mr. Wilson asked if there were other zones in the City where a building could potentially exceed sixty (60) feet in height. Mr. Brock stated that there were but that in order to increase the height past sixty (60) feet, the setbacks would also have to be increased.

Chairwoman Betman noted for the record that there were zero (0) members of the public in attendance and no one signed up to speak regarding the application. 

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. 244 (Ordinance 1900) as presented in the Technical Staff Report and proposed ordinance to the Mayor and City Council.  

The Election of the Chairperson was the next item on the agenda. Mr. Wilson made a motion to elect Chairwoman Betman to continue as the Chairwoman of the Planning Commission. Mr. Wellford seconded the motion and roll call continued with all members present voting “Yes”.

The final agenda item was the Election of the Vice Chairperson. Mr. Wellford made a motion to elect Vice Chairman Kish to continue as the Vice Chairman of the Planning Commission. Mr. Wilson seconded the motion and roll call continued with all members present voting “Yes”.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:10 p.m.

 

 

Approved:   Sara Green, Secretary to the Commission                                                                         Date:   February 14, 2017

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