Board or Committee Meeting
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

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 April 9, 2019 meeting
  3. Plat of Consolidation Application And Resolution No. 19-06-PC, 901 Montgomery Street, filed by Asbestos Workers Local Union #24

Public Hearing on Application

Final Action by Planning Commission

  1. Amended Site and Landscape Plan Application and Resolution No. 19-05-PC, 14707/14731 Baltimore Avenue, filed by Jordan One LLP

Public Hearing on Application

Final Action by Planning Commission

     5. Special Exception Application No. 890, 14160 Baltimore Avenue, filed by Starbucks  Corporation LLC for recommendation to the Board of Appeals

  1. Final Site and Landscape Plan Application and Resolution No. 19-04-PC, 7041/7051 Contee Road, filed by Strittmatter Land, LLC

Public Hearing on Application

Final Action by Planning Commission

     7. Adjourn                                                                                                             

Minutes

FIVE HUNDRED SIXTY SIXTH MEETING

CITY OF LAUREL PLANNING COMMISSION

TUESDAY-MAY 14, 2019

 

The meeting convened in the Council Chambers of the Laurel Municipal Center at 7:01 P.M., with Chairwoman Mitzi R. Betman, presiding.  The roll was called with the Honorable Rick Wilson, John Kish, Mr. Bill Wellford and Ms. Krystiana Bonheur. Also present were Larry Taub, City Solicitor, Ms. Christian L. Pulley, Director of Economic and Community Development, Mr. Robert Love, Deputy Director, Mr. Monta Burrough, Planner II, Mr. Nathan Grace, Planner II, and Ms. Brooke Quillen, Secretary to the Commission. There were approximately (11) eleven members of the public in attendance.

 

The minutes of the April 9, 2019 meeting were approved as written, on motion by Mr. Wellford, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and carried on a roll call vote of all members present as written, with Mr. Kish abstaining.

 

The next agenda item was for Plat of Consolidation Plan Application and Resolution No. 19-06-PC, filed by Asbestos Workers Local Union #24, 901 Montgomery Street Laurel, Maryland  20707.  Mr. Grace stated that the applicant is seeking a Plat of Consolidation approval to consolidate three parcels into one parcel at the Asbestos Workers Local Union #24. Two parcels consist of the building and parts of the parking lot and one parcel just consist of the parking lot. The property is zoned C-N (Commercial Neighborhood). 

 

Chairwoman Betman opened the public hearing at 7:03 p.m. and stated there were zero members of the public signed up to speak on this item.

 

Chairwoman Betman closed the public hearing 7:03 p.m.

 

The Commission, on motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Kish, and carried on a roll call vote of all members present, voted to approve the Plat of Consolidation Plan Application and Resolution No. 19-06-PC for 901 Montgomery Street Laurel, Maryland 20707 as presented in the Technical Staff Report.

 

The next agenda item was for Amended Site and Landscape Plan Application and Resolution No. 19-05-PC, filed by Jordan One, LLP., 2824 Solomon’s Island Road

Edgewater, MD 21037.  Mr. Burrough stated that the applicant is seeking Amended Site and Landscape Plan approval to restripe exiting parking lot and add 15 parking spaces to Tower Plaza Shopping Center. Tower Plaza Shopping Center is a commercial retail shopping center that currently includes 237 parking spaces with a 47,512 square feet commercial building structure divided into (11) storefronts on site.

 

Chairwoman Betman opened the public hearing at 7:09 p.m.

 

Dean Packard (representing the applicant) Packard Associates, 16220 Frederick Road, #300 Gaithersburg, MD  20877, stated he is present to answer any questions from the Commission.  

 

There were no other members of the public signed up to speak. Chairwoman Betman closed the public hearing 7:10 p.m.

 

 

The Commission, on motion by Ms. Bonheur, seconded by Mr. Kish, and carried on a roll call vote of all members present, voted to approve the Amended Site and Landscape Plan Application and Resolution No. 19-05-PC.

 

The next agenda item was for Special Exception Application No. 892, filed by the Starbucks Corporation LLC., 7315 Wisconsin Avenue Suite #800W Bethesda, Maryland  20814, for recommendation to the Board of Appeals. Mr. Grace stated that the applicant is seeking special exception approval to operate a Starbucks restaurant with a drive-thru to be located at 14060 Baltimore Avenue. The property is zoned Planned Development Area Existing (PDA-E) Zone and is located in the Laurel Lakes Underlying Zone as a Commercial General (C-G) Zone. The property is located in the shopping center known as Laurel Lakes Centre.

 

The Commission, on motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Ms. Bonheur and carried on a roll call vote of all members present, voted to recommend approval for Special Exception No. 890, 14160 Baltimore Avenue Laurel, Maryland 20707, with the conditions listed in the Technical Staff Report to the Board of Appeals.

 

The next agenda item was for Final Site and Landscape Plan Application and Resolution No. 19-04-PC, filed by Strittmatter Land LLC., 9012 Owens Drive Manassas, Virgina 20111.  Mr. Love stated the applicant is requesting approval of a Final Site and Landscape Plan for the proposed 180-unit townhouse development and multi-purpose athletic field on the properties known as 7041 & 7051 Contee Road. The property sits on approximately 32.70 acres of land which includes the Flester property and the Kauffman property. Although, the Flester portion of the site comprises of almost 26.62 acres, only 22.9 acres is proposed to be developed. Majority of the land associated with the proposed development served as an old gravel pit.

 

The applicant’s attorney, Mr. Edward C. Gibbs Jr., Esquire, 1300 Caraway Court Suite #102 Largo, Maryland 20774, briefly discussed the history of the project that started with an annexation and rezoning of the property. He stated there was a need for athletic facilities per the Mayor, so they came to agreement with the builder. Mr. Gibbs said the development would have 644 parking spaces, 47 visitor spaces and spaces around athletic field that will be on a public road. The townhouses will be on a private road. Mr. Gibbs mentioned the revisions to some of the conditions listed in the staff report, that he and his client are in agreement with.

 

There was some discussion between applicant and the Commission regarding the location of the electric and gas meters. There was also discussion regarding trash pickup and snow removal.

 

The Commission, on motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Kish, and carried on a roll call vote of all members present, voted to approve the Final Site and Landscape Plan Application and Resolution No. 19-04-PC for 7041/7051 Contee Road Laurel, Maryland 20707 as presented in the Technical Staff Report.

 

A second vote for correction was requested by staff for Special Exception addressed 14160 Baltimore Avenue Laurel, Maryland 20707, as the application number is 892 not 890.

 

The Commission, on motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Ms. Bonheur, and carried on a roll call vote of all members present, voted to recommend approval for Special Exception No. 892, 14160 Baltimore Avenue Laurel, Maryland 20707, with the conditions listed in the Technical Staff Report to the Board of Appeals.

 

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:35 p.m.

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