Board or Committee Meeting
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Agenda

 

FIVE HUNDRED SIXTY SEVENTH MEETING

TUESDAY– JUNE 11, 2019– 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 May 14, 2019 meeting
  3. Amended Site and Landscape Plan Application and Resolution No. 19-07-PC, 407 Main Street, filed by Richard Lesser

 

Public Hearing on Application

 

Final Action by Planning Commission

 

  1. Plat of Consolidation Application and Resolution No. 19-08-PC, 312/314 Second Street, filed by Muhammad Ismail

 

Public Hearing on Application

 

Final Action by Planning Commission

 

  1. Amended M-X-T Concept Plan Application No.  891 and Resolution No. 19-03-PC, Van Dusen Road, filed by Strittmatter Land, LLC

 

Public Hearing on Application

 

Final Action by Planning Commission

 

 

6.  Text Amendment No. 255- Ordinance No. 1945, An ordinance to amend Chapter 20, Article I, Division 1, Section 20-1.7., Division 6, Section 20-16.10., and Division 14, Section 20-26.15. Of the Laurel Unified Land Development Code to amend the paving requirements for parking areas and access driveways throughout the City; and providing an effective date. Application filed by the Mayor and City Council.

 

7.  Text Amendment NO. 254- Ordinance NO. 1944, TO AMEND THE CITY OF LAUREL’S UNIFIED LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE, CHAPTER 20, ARTICLE I, DIVISION I, SECTION 20-1.7 AND DIVISION 9, SECTION 20-20.5 OF THE CODE TO ALLOW ELECTRIC SECURITY FENCES IN THE INDUSTRIAL GENERAL (IG) AND INDUSTRIAL COMMERCIAL SERVICES (ISC)ZONES AND ESTABLISHING FENCE REGULATIONS, Application filed by Electric Guard Dog, LLC

 

  1. Planning Annual Report and Resolution No. 19-09-PC

 

Public Hearing on Application

 

Final Action by Planning Commission

 

9.  Adjourn                                                                                                              

Minutes

FIVE HUNDRED SIXTY SEVENTH MEETING

CITY OF LAUREL PLANNING COMMISSION

TUESDAY-JUNE 11, 2019

 

The meeting convened in the Council Chambers of the Laurel Municipal Center at 7:03 P.M., with Chairwoman Mitzi R. Betman, presiding.  The roll was called with the Honorable Rick Wilson, Mr. John Kish, Mr. Bill Wellford, Ms. Krystiana Bonheur and Council President Smalls. Also present were Mr. Larry Taub, City Solicitor, Ms. Christian L. Pulley, Director of Economic and Community Development, Mr. Robert Love, Deputy Director, Mr. Monta Burrough, Planner II and Ms. Brooke Quillen, Secretary to the Commission. There were approximately (12) twelve members of the public in attendance.

 

The minutes of the May 14, 2019 meeting were approved as written, on motion by Mr. Wellford, seconded by Mr. Kish, and carried on a roll call vote of all members present as written.

 

The next agenda item was for Amended Site and Landscape Plan Application and Resolution No. 19-07-PC, filed by JS1 LLC., Richard Lesser, 407 Main Street Laurel Maryland 20707.  Mr. Burrough stated the applicant is seeking Amended Site and Landscape Plan approval to construct an addition to the existing main structure. The new addition will be located on the rear of the existing building. The building was constructed in 1910. The property is zoned C-V (Commercial Village). The purpose of the proposed addition is to accommodate an engineering and architectural firm that wants to relocate to the City. The current tenant occupying the building is All-State Insurance.

 

The applicant, Richard Lesser, 407 Main Street Laurel Maryland 20707, was in attendance to answer any questions.

 

Chairwoman Betman opened the public hearing at 7:11 p.m. and stated there were zero members of the public signed up to speak on this item.

 

Chairwoman Betman closed the public hearing 7:11 p.m.

 

There was conversation among the Commission, staff and applicant regarding the back alley, its use for the project and if the owner had been notified. The applicant stated the alley would not be used during construction. Staff believes this alley is public.

 

The Commission, on motion by Ms. Bonheur, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and carried on a roll call vote of all members present, voted to approve the Amended Site and Landscape Plan Application and Resolution No. 19-07-PC for 407 Main Street Laurel, Maryland 20707 as presented in the Technical Staff Report.

 

The next agenda item was for Plat of Consolidation Plan Application and Resolution No. 19-08-PC, filed by Muhammad Ismail, 13909 Clarkwood Lane Laurel, Maryland 20723.  Mr. Burrough stated that the applicant is seeking Plat of Consolidation approval to consolidate two (2) parcels into one (1) parcel. The two (2) parcels are described as a combination of three (3) lots. The first parcel is a combination of 1 Lot 14 & part of 15. The second parcel is combination of Lot 16 & part of 15. The properties are zoned C-G (Commercial General).

 

Chairwoman Betman opened the public hearing at 7:16 p.m.

 

There were no members of the public signed up to speak. Chairwoman Betman closed the public hearing 7:16 p.m.

 

There was discussion among the Commission and staff that if the applicant wishes to add a parking lot they will have to create a new storm water management system to handle all the run off, which could be costly.

 

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. 19-08-PC.

 

The next agenda item was Amended M-X-T Concept Plan Application No. 891 and Resolution No. 19-03-PC, Van Dusen Road, filed by the Strittmatter Contee LLC 9102 Owens Drive Manassas Park, Virginia  20111. Mr. Love stated that the Applicant is seeking Revised Conceptual Site Plan approval to revise their current site known as Westside to reduce the retail area to 40,000 sq. ft. maximum and include an additional eighty-one (81) townhouses on the site. The subject property is located at Van Dusen Road and consists of approximately 59.76 acres of land.  The current zoning of the property is Mixed Use Transportation Oriented (M-X-T).  The property was previously approved for 200,000 sq. ft. of commercial space.  The Westside project consists of four phases, Phase 1 consists of 484 multi-family units and Phase 2 consists of 56 townhomes both of which have been constructed.  The current application will be Phase 3 of the project and Phase 4 is a proposed hotel pad site.  The property was annexed into the City in July of 2012.

 

The applicant’s attorney, Mr. Edward C. Gibbs Jr., Esquire, 1300 Caraway Court Suite #102 Largo, Maryland 20774 stated there were (since the last Planning Commission meeting) two community meetings held. The builder has offered to construct a clubhouse that the current residents would have access to, however, the community will have to get their HOA to annex in the new townhouse area and their HOA fees would likely increase. The citizens present at these meetings were satisfied with the new offer.

 

Chairwoman Betman opened the public hearing at 7:38 p.m.

 

Vivian Walker, 14303 Ridge View Lane, Laurel, Maryland 20707, had attended the previous meeting and has been in contact with the developer. She would like to give them credit for listening to the community and being flexible. She feels more comfortable with the plan now and understands why it has changed.

 

Clarice Hayslett, 14311 Ridgeview Lane Laurel, Maryland 20707, stated they are in the early stages of working with the property manager and reviewing budget with the new HOA, which must be done before the community vote.

 

There were no other members of the public signed up to speak. Chairwoman Betman closed the public hearing 7:43 p.m.

 

The Commission, on motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Ms. Bonheur, and carried on a roll call vote of all members present, voted to approve the Amended M-X-T Concept Plan Application and Resolution No. 19-03-PC for  Van Duson Road Laurel, Maryland 20707 as presented in the Technical Staff Report.

 

The next agenda item was for Text Amendment No. 255 and Ordinance No. 1945, filed by the Mayor and City Council.  Mr. Love stated the proposed text amendment would amend Chapter 20, Article I, Division 1, Section 20-1.7., Division 6, Section 20-16.10., and Division 14, Section 20-26.15, of the Laurel Unified Land Development Code (Code) to amend the paving requirements for parking areas and access driveways throughout the City.    

 

Michael McLaughlin, 1013 Eighth Street Laurel, Maryland 20707, stated he installed a pervious driveway about 10 years ago, had to get approval from the Council to use grasscrete pavers for a driveway, which did not last long so he eventually put down gravel. He would like to ask the Commission to rethink the text amendment, which would not allow for gravel driveways. Additionally, he believes the definition of pervious and non-pervious added to the text amendment would be very helpful to the public.

 

Mike Dyer, 310 Fourth Street, Laurel, Maryland  20707, stated he supports to stop erosion by using pervious materials. He also mentioned that the Patuxent River received a D- rating of the water.

 

The Commission suggested that staff raise awareness to the community on the  text amendment, as there could be some backlash from City residents; who currently have gravel driveways and wish to maintain them as such.  Staff stated all text amendment applications are placed in an ad for Prince George’s County Sentinel for the Council meetings with dates of when they are voted on to pass.

 

The Commission, on motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Bonheur and carried on a roll call vote of all members present, voted to voted to recommend approval of the Text Amendment No. 255 and Ordinance No. 1945 as presented in the Technical Staff Report.

 

The next agenda item was Text Amendment No. 254 and Ordinance No. 1944, Electric Fences, filed by Guard Dog LLC. Ms. Pulley stated the prosed text amendment would amend Chapter 20, Division 1 Definitions, Section 20-1.7 and Division 9, Exceptions and Supplements to Regulations, Section 20-20.5 “Fences and Walls” of the Unified Land Development Code (Code) to permit electric security fences within the Industrial General (IG) and Industrial Commercial Services (ICS) zones. Prior to filing a text amendment application Electric Guard Dog (the Applicant) met with City staff multiple times; and the Council to explain Electric Guard Dog’s electric fences as well to address any concerns.

 

There was lengthy discussion among the Commission, staff and applicant regarding why Watch Dog LLC., was represented as an applicant when they are actually not property owners in the City of Laurel.  It was explained that the City currently does not allow electric fences. Watch Dog LLC., has potential clients located in the City that are interested in the product.

 

The Commission, on motion by Ms. Bonheur, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and carried on a roll call voted to recommend approval to the Text Amendment No. 254 and Ordinance 1944, Electric Fences 20707 as presented in the Technical Staff Report, with Mr. Wellford abstaining from the vote.

 

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:41 p.m.

 

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