FIVE HUNDRED SEVENTY SECOND MEETING- REGULAR
TUESDAY– JANUARY 14, 2020– 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.
- Roll Call
- Approval of Minutes from the December 10, 2019 meeting
- Forest Conservation Plan Application and Resolution No. 20-01-PC, Bear Branch Stream Restoration Project, filed by Prince George's County Dept. of the Environment
Public Hearing on Application
Final Action by Planning Commission
4. Special Exception Application No. 898, 13600 Baltimore Avenue Suite 600, filed by Chick-Fil-A for recommendation to the Board of Appeals
5. Special Exception Application No. 897, 352-354 Main Street, filed by Patrick Davis for recommendation to the Board of Appeals
6. Election of Chairman
7. Election of Vice-Chairman
FIVE HUNDRED SEVENTY SECOND MEETING
CITY OF LAUREL PLANNING COMMISSION
TUESDAY- JANUARY 14, 2020
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 R. Kish, Ms. Krystiana Bonheur, Mr. Bill Wellford and Council President Sydnor present. Also, present were Ms. Christian L. Pulley, Director of Economic and Community Development, Mr. Robert Love, Deputy Director, Joshua Mitchum, Planner II and Ms. Brooke Quillen, Secretary to the Commission. There were approximately (10) ten members of the public in attendance.
The minutes of the December 10, 2019 meeting were approved as written, on motion by Ms. Bonheur, seconded by Mr. Kish, and carried on a roll call vote of all members present as written, with Mr. Wellford abstaining.
Chairwoman Betman recused herself for the next agenda item due to a conflict of interest. Vice Chairman Kish will preside.
The next agenda item was for Forest Conservation Plan Application filed by Prince George’s County Department of the Environment, for the Bear Branch Stream Restoration Project, Van Dusen Road Laurel, Maryland 20707. Mr. Love stated the objective of the project includes reducing instream sedimentation associated with active streambed and bank erosion within the project reaches to provide water quality improvements in fulfillment of the County's MS4 permit requirements, and to reduce the sediment supply to Laurel Lake and associated maintenance efforts. Another goal is nutrient reduction through nutrient processing and providing opportunities for ecological uplift.
Mr. Stephen Allen, Emergency Manager, stated he has worked with Ms. Smith for the last three years on this project. The City is involved in a major hazard mitigation plan and is working with Prince George’s County to enhance and improve all three main branches. He fully supports this program and he thanked Ms. Smith for all her hard work on this application.
The applicant, Joanna Smith, Prince George’s County Department of the Environment, 1801 McCormick Drive Largo, Maryland 20774, stated she has been working on this project since 2017. Ms. Smith gave a quick visual presentation on the project. She explained some of the goals of the project is to reduce sediment, improve water quality and eliminate stream bed and bank erosion. She added they did receive a letter of support from the the Villages at Wellington Community Association.
Vice Chairman Kish opened the public hearing at 7:15 p.m.
There was nobody else signed up to speak.
Vice Chairman Kish closed the public hearing 7:15 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 Forest Conservation Plan Application and Resolution No. 19-01-PC for Van Dusen Road Laurel, Maryland 20707 as presented in the Technical Staff Report.
The next agenda item was for Special Exception Application No. 898 filed by Chick-Fil-A, 13600 Baltimore Avenue Suite 600 Laurel, Maryland 20707. Mr. Mitchum stated the Applicant is seeking Special Exception approval for the addition of a second drive-thru lane with two (2) new Order and Pickup Point Canopies with their associated parking restriping at the property located at 13600 Baltimore Avenue, Suite 600. The property’s primary structure was built in 2005. Secondly, the Applicant is seeking approval for a proposed 415 square foot expansion in the rear of the building, for additional kitchen and dry-storage space.
The applicant, Nicholas Speech, P.E., Bohler Engineering, 16701 Melford Boulevard #103 Bowie, Maryland 20715, explained the purpose of this application is to get drivers in and out more efficiently. There will be an additional drive thru lane and canopy. He is here for any questions the Commission may have.
Chairwoman Betman opened the public hearing at 7:28 p.m.
There was nobody else signed up to speak.
Chairwoman Betman closed the public hearing at 7:28 p.m.
The Commission, on motion by Mr. Wellford, seconded by Ms. Wilson, and carried on a roll call vote of all members present, voted to recommend approval to the Board of Appeals the Special Exception Application No. 898 for Chick-Fil-A, 13600 Baltimore Avenue Suite 600 Road Laurel, Maryland 20707 as presented in the Technical Staff Report.
The next agenda item was for Special Exception Application No. 897 filed by Patrick Davis, 352-354 Main Street Laurel, Maryland 20707. Mr. Mitchum stated The Applicant is seeking Special Exception approval to establish and operate a restaurant with live performances and a rooftop deck/bar area, to be located at the 352-354 Main Street property. The subject property also has two (2) apartment-style dwelling units on the second floor. The primary structure was built in 1940, and is approximately 4,832 square feet in size. The property is zoned C-V, Commercial Village, and its current use is commercial. This proposed use was previously approved by the Board of Appeals in 2017 (17-01-BOA). However, the approval expired; the Applicant is seeking approval for both 352 and 354 Main Street to operate as a restaurant.
The applicant, Patrick Davis, 352-354 Main Street, Laurel, Maryland 20707, stated he is in attendance to answer any questions from the Commission. This application is fundamentally the same application that was approved three years ago; however, there were some delays in construction and approvals/permits have since expired since the work had not been started. He is in agreement with the conditions listed in the staff report.
The Commission, on motion by Ms. Bonheur, seconded by Mr. Wellford, and carried on a roll call vote of all members present, voted to recommend approval to the Board of Appeals the Special Exception Application No. 897, 352-354 Main Street Laurel, Maryland 20707 as presented in the Technical Staff Report.
The Election of the Chairman and Vice Chairman was the next item on the agenda. Mr. Wellford made a motion to elect Ms. Betman to continue as Chairwoman and Mr. Kish to continue as Vice Chairman to the Planning Commission. Ms. Bonheur seconded the motion and roll call continued with all members present voting “Yes”.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:33 p.m.