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




TUESDAY– JULY 9, 2019– 7:00 P.M.




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 June 11, 2019 meeting
  3. Variance Application No. 893, 901 Montgomery Street, filed by Asbestos Workers Union Local #24 for recommendation to the Board of Appeals
  4. Amended Site and Landscape Plan Application and Resolution No. 19-10-PC, 312/314 Second Street, filed by Muhammad Ismail


Public Hearing on Application


Final Action by Planning Commission


      5. Adjourn                                                                                                             






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 the Honorable Rick Wilson, Mr. John Kish, Mr. Bill Wellford, Ms. Krystiana Bonheur and Council President Smalls, all present. Also, present were Mr. Tommy Helms, Public Works Staff, 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 (6) six members of the public in attendance.


The minutes of the July 9, 2019 meeting were approved as written, on motion by Mr. Kish seconded by Ms. Bonheur, and carried on a roll call vote of all members present as written.


The next agenda item was for Variance Application No. 893 filed by Asbestos Workers Union Local #24, 901 Montgomery Street Laurel Maryland 20707.  Mr. Love stated the Applicant is seeking a Variance to increase the maximum allowable building coverage for the lot, reduce the front yard setback requirement for 9th Street side, and reduce the side yard setback requirement for the western side of the building at the Asbestos Workers Local Union #24 for a proposed, two-story addition of 5,188 sq. ft. The property was built in 1954 prior to City zoning and building regulations being established and is zoned C-N (Commercial Neighborhood).


Chairwoman Betman opened the public hearing at 7:06 p.m.


Representing the owner and applicant, Michelle La Rocca, Meyers, Rodbell & Rosenbaum, 6801 Kenilworth Avenue Suite 400 Riverdale, Maryland 20737, attended to answer any questions. She stated there will be a brief presentation that will go over who the union is and the purpose of this project. She advised they are happy with the staff report and agree with all the conditions and recommendations listed.


Brian Cavey, Business Manager of the Asbestos Workers Union Local #24, 901 Montgomery Street Laurel, MD 20707, presented a slideshow with information regarding the union. He stated for over one hundred years, this organization has been dedicated to assisting its membership in securing employment, defending their rights and advancing their interests as working men and women. They represent workers in mechanical insulation, fire stopping and hazardous material handlers.  Approximately 23 years ago, they purchased the property from the local fire department and renovated it to their needs. The number of trainees have increased so much they will need an addition. There are typically 40-50 trainees present at one time.


Tim Longfellow, Principal Engineer P.E., GLW, 3909 National Drive Suite 250 Burtonsville, Maryland  20866, presented a slideshow of the landscaping plan. He stated currently there are two large planting areas with trees that are part of the landscaping along with a current strip of landscaping with shrubs in the direct front of the building. In addition, on the Ninth Street side, the landscaping will expand a little as well as well as in the back of the building around the parking area. The landscaping requirements will be met for the project.


Charles Alexander, Alexander Design Studio, 8212 Main Street Ellicott City, Maryland 21043, presented a slideshow of the new design of the building. He stated he was very excited to work on this project. The idea was to create layers and bring down the scale. The addition will be mainly classrooms and training areas. Did not want the look of a box added onto a building. This is an integrated design. This street has residential properties and that was considered during the design. The new look will have a covered entrance which is more welcoming.


Chairwoman Betman closed the public hearing at 7:19 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 recommend approval of the Variance Application No. 893 for 901 Montgomery Street Laurel, Maryland 20707 with the conditions listed in the Technical Staff Report to the Board of Appeals.


The next agenda item was for Amended Site and Landscape Plan Application and Resolution No. 19-10-PC, filed by Muhammad Ismail, 13909 Clarkwood Lane Laurel, Maryland 20707.  Mr. Burrough stated that the Applicant is seeking Amended Site and Landscape Plan approval to add nineteen (19) spaces to the rear of the property. The parcel of land consists of 11,091 C-G (Commercial General).


Chairwoman Betman opened the public hearing at 7:30 p.m.


The applicant’s engineer, Dennis Burrows, 113 Chesapeake Court Hanover, Maryland  21403, stated the 2 ramps are built, however, the adjacent ramp is not. The water run off is within the greenspace and will hold 800 gallons of water to soften any water problems. The back resident has water proofed his building and 50 ft. wall. He stated they will start working on the greenspace as soon as they receive approval for the project.


Tommy Helms, Project Inspector of Public Works, stated that his department is requesting the applicant to dig 1 ½ ft. trench 10 ft. out from the retaining wall and fill with #2 stone.  This will meet the County’s Storm Water Pollution Protection Plan requirements. As long as the catch basin is installed, Public Works is ok with this application. It will need to be inspected by Public Works.


Chairwoman Betman closed the public hearing 7:33 p.m.


There was discussion among the Commission, staff and the applicant’s engineer, that if the applicant does not meet all the conditions listed in the staff report this applicant approval would be void. Ms. Pulley gave a little history of the property and worked that had already been done on-site.


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. 19-10-PC.


There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:25 p.m.


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