Board or Committee Meeting
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm




TUESDAY– MARCH 10, 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.

  1. Roll Call
  2. Approval of Minutes from the February 11, 2020 meeting
  3. Special Exception No. 899 (with a Variance approval) 910 Fairlawn Avenue, JP Morgan Chase Bank, filed by CoreStates Inc., for recommendation to the Board of Appeals
  4. Adjourn






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 Council President Keith Sydor, Ex-Officio member, the Honorable G. Rick Wilson, Ms. Krystiana Bonheur and Mr. Bill Wellford. Also, present were Ms. Christian L. Pulley, Director of Economic and Community Development, Mr. Monta Burrough, Planner II and Ms. Brooke Quillen, Secretary to the Commission. There were approximately (8) eight members of the public in attendance.


The minutes of the February 11, 2020 meeting were approved as written, on motion by Mr. Wellford seconded by Ms. Bonheur, and carried on a roll call vote of all members present.


The next agenda item was for Special Exception with Variance approval application filed by CoreStates, Inc., 201 S. Maple Avenue Ambler, Pennsylvania 19002.  Mr. Burrough stated the applicant is seeking approval to construct a Chase Bank with exterior ATM, drive through facilities, and to reduce the right side setback from 50 feet to 39.24 feet.


On behalf of the applicant, Ms. Stacy Sibler, Attorney for Lerch, Early and Brewer, 7600 Wisconsin Avenue Suite 700 Bethesda, Maryland  20814, thanked staff for all the work put into this project. She stated the closest Chase Bank is approximately 20 miles away in the District of Columbia and there will be improvements made to the deteriorated site, with added green space and inlets to support flow of access water. Ms. Sibler stated she is in attendance to answer and questions from the Commission.


There was some discussion among the Commission and the applicant regarding adequate space between the property and neighboring property at the Capital One Bank, parking and drive through space.


Mr. Martin Swaggard, CoreStates, Inc., 201 S. Maple Avenue Ambler, Pennsylvania, 19902, stated even though they are sharing some common space with Capital One, there is no expectation of circulation issues. Mr. Swaggard added there is enough room for two-way traffic for the in between lanes. In addition, there will be a drive thru clearance bar.


Chairwoman Betman opened the public hearing at 7:15 p.m.


There was nobody else signed up to speak.


Chairwoman Betman closed the public hearing 7:15 p.m.


On motion by Ms. Bonheur, seconded by Mr. Wellford, and carried on a roll call vote of all members present, the Planning Commission recommended that the Board of Appeals APPROVE Special Exception Application No. 899 as presented in the Technical Staff Report.



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