Public Hearing
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Agenda

FIVE HUNDRED FIFTY-FIRST MEETING

TUESDAY–SEPTEMBER 12, 2017– 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 July 11, 2017 meeting
  3. Laurel High School- 8000 Cherry Lane Amended Site and Landscape Plan, filed by Prince George’s County Board of Education

Public Hearing on Application

Final Action by Planning Commission

  1. M-X-T Concept Plan No. 872 Spring Arbor Townhouses- 7003 Van Dusen Road filed by BB Spring Arbor, LLC.

Public Hearing on Application

Final Action by Planning Commission

  1. Preliminary Subdivision Plan, Spring Arbor Townhouses- 7003 Van Dusen Road filed by BB Spring Arbor, LLC.

Public Hearing on Application

             Final Action by Planning Commission

  1. Text Amendment No. 248- Ordinance No. 1917 AN ORDINANCE OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL AMENDING LAUREL CITY CODE, CHAPTER 20, SEC. 20-1.7. “DEFINITIONS” AND SEC. 20.6.23. “ACCESSORY STRUCTURES, BULK REGULATIONS” TO AUTHORIZE LITTLE FREE LIBRARIES IN CERTAIN ZONES; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.  Application filed by the Mayor and City Council.

Public Hearing on Application

Final Action by Planning Commission

  1. Adjourn 

Minutes

FIVE HUNDRED-FIFTY FIRST MEETING

CITY OF LAUREL PLANNING COMMISSION

TUESDAY- SEPTEMBER 12, 2017

 

The meeting convened in the Council Chambers of the Laurel Municipal Center at approximately 7:03 P.M., with Chairwoman Mitzi R. Betman absent and Mr. John R. Kish, Vice Chairman acting as Chairman. The roll was called with Councilman Fred Smalls, Ex-Officio Member,   the Honorable G. Rick Wilson and Mr. Bill Wellford present. Also present were Mr. Martin A. Flemion, Executive Officer, Ms. Christian L. Pulley, Director, Mr. Monta Burrough, Planner II, Mrs. Brooke Quillen, Secretary to the Commission, and Ms. Sara Green, Executive Assistant to the Mayor. There were approximately six (6) members of the public in attendance.

 

The next agenda item was the minutes of the July 11, 2017 meeting. Mr. Wilson stated that he was present for the July 11, 2017 meeting but that he was not listed as being present in the minutes. Mr. Wilson made a motion for approval of the minutes with the revision. Mr. Wellford seconded the motion and Acting Chairman Kish cast the final vote of “Yes”.

 

Next, Mr. Monta Burrough, Planner II presented the Technical Staff Report dated August 21, 2017 regarding the Amended Site and Landscape Plan application for Laurel High School- 8000 Cherry Lane, filed by Prince George’s County Board of Education, 14201 School Lane Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772. Mr. Burrough stated that the Applicant was requesting approval to add a 4,200 square foot addition to the rear of the existing building to include landscaping and a fence. Councilman Smalls asked how many maintenance bays would be added if the addition were approved. Mr. Monta Burrough replied that there were currently five (5) bays and that the addition would add approximately three or four more bays. Councilman Smalls asked if the existing parking would be sufficient after the additional bays were installed.  Mr. Monta Burrough said that the existing parking would be sufficient.

 

Acting Chairman Kish opened the public hearing on the application at approximately 7:09 p.m. There was no one signed up and no one came forward to speak regarding the application. Acting Chairman Kish closed the public hearing at approximately 7:10 p.m.

 

The Commission, on motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Wellford, and carried on a roll call vote of all members present, voted to approve the Amended Site and Landscape Plan Application for Laurel High School with the conditions in the Technical Staff Report dated August 21, 2017and included approval of Resolution No.

 

Next, Ms. Pulley presented the Technical Staff Report dated August 23, 2017 regarding M-X-T Concept Site Plan Application No. 872 for Spring Arbor Townhouses- 7003 Van Duse Road, filed by BB Spring Arbor LLC., 3905 National Drive Burtonsville, Maryland  20866. Ms. Pulley stated that the Applicant was seeking M-X-T Conceptual Site Plan Approval to construct a fifty-five (55) unit townhouse community, to be known as Spring Arbor. The property was annexed into the City in 2008 as R-5 and rezoned to M-X-T in 2015. The site is part of the larger Anderson’s Corner mixed-use development; to include Avalon Bay apartment complex and the approved Royal Farms project. The subject property was previously approved for an assisted living facility.

 

Acting Chairman Kish opened the public hearing on the application at approximately 7:13 p.m. Edward C. Gibbs, Jr., Esquire, Gibbs and Haller, 1300 Caraway Court Suite 102 Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20774, Attorney for the Applicant, stated that his client was requesting approval the Conceptual Site Plan before the Preliminary Subdivision Plan. Mr. Gibbs said that his clients’ application was in compliance with the Unified Land Development Code. Councilman Smalls asked Mr. Gibbs how the proposed project would connect to the existing developments surrounding the site such as the approved Royal Farms gas station and Avalon Bay at Andersons Corner. Mr. Gibbs said that  there was an existing sidewalk connection from the proposed development along Van Dusen Road to the Royal Farms. Mr. Gibbs said that Avalon Bay was a gated community making a direct connection between the two communities was not feasible.

 

Acting Chairman Kish opened the public hearing at approximately 7:17 p.m. There was no one else signed up and no one came forward to speak regarding the application. Acting Chairman Kish closed the public hearing at 7:18 p.m.

 

The Commission, on motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Wellford, and carried on a roll call vote of all members present, voted to approve M-X-T Concept Plan No. 872 Resolution No. 17-08-PC for Spring Arbor Townhouses located at 7003 Van Dusen Road with the conditions in the Technical Staff Report dated August 23, 2017 and requested the concurrence of the Mayor and City Council.

 

The next agenda item was the Preliminary Subdivision Plan for Spring Arbor Townhouses- 7003 Van Dusen Road filed by BB Spring Arbor LLC., 3905 National Drive Burtonsville, Maryland 20866. Ms. Pulley presented the Technical Staff Report dated August 25, 2017 and said that the applicant was seeking approval to subdivide Lot 1 into fifty-five (55) residential lots and that the proposed development would be called Spring Arbor. The property was annexed into the City in 2008 as R-5 and rezoned to M-X-T in 2015. Ms. Pulley also said that the site was part of the larger Anderson’s Corner mixed-use development that includes Avalon Bay Apartment complex and the approved Royal Farms gas station and convenience store. The subject property was previously approved for the development of an assisted living facility. The applicant was seeking M-X-T Conceptual Site Approval simultaneously with the Preliminary Subdivision Plan.

 

Mr. Wilson asked staff if the roads in the proposed development would be private. Ms. Pulley said that the roads would be private and that as part of the final plan, the Applicant would provide details regarding the collection of refuse and recycling for the development. Mr. Wilson asked if the Fire Marshal had reviewed the plans. Ms. Pulley stated yes and that there were no concerns from the Fire Marshal. Mr. Gibbs addressed the Commission and said that he was available for questions.

 

Acting Chairman Kish opened the public hearing at approximately 7:20 p.m. There was no one else signed up and no one came forward to speak regarding the application. Acting Chairman Kish closed the public hearing at approximately 7:21 p.m.

The Commission, on motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Wellford, and carried on a roll call vote of all members present, voted to approve the Preliminary Subdivision Plan for Spring Arbor Townhouses- 7003 Van Dusen Road as presented with conditions in the Technical Staff Report dated August 25, 2017 and included approval of Resolution No.17-09-PC.

 

The final agenda item was Text Amendment Application No. 248 (Ordinance No. 1917), filed by the Mayor and City Council of Laurel. Ms. Pulley, presented the Technical Staff Report dated August 21, 2017 stating that the proposed text amendment would authorize Little Free Libraries as an accessory structures in the R-5, R-55, RMD, CV and CN zones. Ms. Pulley also stated that the proposed text amendment would amend Chapter 20, Section 20-1.7 and Section 6.23 of the Unified Land Development Code to permit “Little Free Libraries” in certain areas throughout the City.

 

Mr. Wilson asked about the nature of Little Free Libraries. Ms. Pulley explained that Little Free Libraries were reasonably sized structures for readers of all ages to exchange literature in the community and that a building permit would be required prior to construction so that the City could keep track of how many there were and to ensure proper maintenance of the structures. Councilman Smalls added that  Little Free Libraries  was in conjunction with the new City of Laurel Arts Council and while it was a new idea to the City, the program already existed all over the Country. Acting Chairman John Kish asked where the idea of the program originated. Ms. Pulley said that the City had received a few requests over the Spring and Summer to install Little Free Library structures but that they were not provided for in the City Code. Ms. Pulley added that the resident or commercial property owner would have full responsibility of maintaining the Little Free Library boxes.

 

Acting Chairman Kish opened the public hearing at approximately 7:25 p.m. There was no one signed up and no one came forward to speak regarding the application. Acting Chairman Kish closed the public hearing at approximately 7:26 p.m.

 

The Commission, on motion by Mr. Wellford, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and carried on a roll call vote of all members present, voted to recommend approval of Text Amendment No. 248 (Ordinance No. 1917) as presented to the Mayor and City Council.

 

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:28 p.m.

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