Board or Committee Meeting
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Agenda

 

***This meeting will be held virtually through Go To Meetings***

PLEASE NOTE: If you wish to be heard at this meeting please sign the speaker list provided online.  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 March 10, 2020 meeting
  3. Variance Application No. 900, 15409 Laurelton Drive, filed by Transforming Architecture, for recommendation to the Board of Appeals
  4. Amended Site and Landscape Plan Application and Resolution No. 20-05-PC, Olive on Main, 504 Main Street filed by Nadol Hishmeh

Public Hearing on Application

Final Action by Planning Commission

  1. Amended Site and Landscape Plan Application and Resolution No. 20-06-PC, El Paraiso Bar & Grill, 143 Bowie Road filed by Jonathan Villeda

Public Hearing on Application

Final Action by Planning Commission

  1. Detailed M-X-T Final Plan, Westside Application and Resolution No. 20-04-PC, Commercial, 13601 & 14501 Westside Boulevard, filed by Strittmatter Land, LLC.

Public Hearing on Application

Final Action by Planning Commission

  1. Detailed M-X-T Final Plan, Westside Application and Resolution No. 20-03-PC, Residential, 13601 & 14501 Westside Boulevard, filed by Strittmatter Land, LLC.

Public Hearing on Application

Final Action by Planning Commission

  1. 2019 Planning Report, Resolution No. 20-07-PC
  2. Adjourn

Minutes

FIVE HUNDRED SEVENTY FIFTH MEETING

CITY OF LAUREL PLANNING COMMISSION

TUESDAY- MAY 12, 2020 – 6:00 P.M.

 

The meeting convened on a virtual platform through Go To Meeting at 6:02 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, Mr. Bill Wellford. Also, present were Ms. Lou Ann Crook, Deputy City Administrator, Ms. Christian L. Pulley, Director of Economic and Community Development, Mr. Robert Love, Mr. Monta Burrough, Planner II, Mr. Joshua Mitchum and Ms. Brooke Quillen, Secretary to the Commission. Also present were Cinnamen Fisher and Yasir Sayed, Department of Information & Technology. There were approximately (20) twenty members of the public in attendance.

 

The minutes of the March 10, 2020 meeting were approved as written, on motion by Mr. Wilson seconded by Mr. Wellford, and carried on a roll call vote of all members present.

 

The next agenda item was for Variance approval application No. 900, filed by Transforming Architecture, LLC 7612 Browns Bridge Road Highland, Maryland 20777.  Mr. Mitchum stated the applicant is seeking variance approval to reduce the left side yard setback of the property from eight (8) feet, as stated in the City’s Unified Land Development (ULDC), to seven (7) feet. The subject property was built in 1962 and has lot area of 10,141 square feet and an above grade living area of approximately 1,901 square feet.

 

Chairwoman Betman opened the public hearing at 6:09 p.m.

 

It was noted the applicant, or a representative was on the teleconference to answer any questions. There was nobody else signed up to speak.

 

Chairwoman Betman closed the public hearing 6:09 p.m.

 

On motion by Mr. Wellford, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and carried on a roll call vote of all members present, the Planning Commission recommended that the Board of Appeals APPROVE Variance No. 900 as presented in the Technical Staff Report.

 

            Next on the agenda, was Amended Site and Landscape Plan application and Resolution No. 20-05-PC, filed by Nadol Hishmeh, 9656 Ironleaf Trail Laurel, Maryland 20723. Mr. Burrough stated the applicant is seeking an Amended Site and Landscape Plan approval to enclose an existing patio and construct a roof with four (4) skylights over the existing outdoor patio. The new construction will be located on the left side of the existing building. The property is zoned C-V (Commercial Village). The current tenant occupying the building is Olive on Main Restaurant.

 

Chairwoman Betman opened the public hearing at 6:14 p.m.

 

It was noted the applicant, or a representative was on the teleconference to answer any questions. There was nobody else signed up to speak.

 

Chairwoman Betman closed the public hearing 6:14 p.m.

The Commission, on motion by Mr. Wellford, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and carried on a roll call vote of all members present, to approve the Amended Site and Landscape Plan and Resolution No. 20-05-PC for 504 Main Street Laurel, Maryland 20707 as presented in the Technical Staff Report.

 

The next agenda item was for an Amended Site and Landscape Plan application and Resolution No. 20-06-PC, filed by Mr. Jonathan Villeda 7840 Eastern Avenue Baltimore, Maryland 21224.  Mr. Burrough stated the applicant is seeking Amended Site and Landscape Plan approval to construct a new 12’ x 14’ or 168 square foot deck to the exterior of the building. The new deck is part of the El Paraiso Bar & Grill Restaurant. The property is located at 143 Bowie Road. The property is zoned C-G (Commercial General).

 

Chairwoman Betman opened the public hearing at 6:18 p.m.

 

It was noted the applicant, or a representative was on the teleconference to answer any questions. There was nobody else signed up to speak.

 

Chairwoman Betman closed the public hearing 6:19 p.m.

 

The Commission, on motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Wellford, and carried on a roll call vote of all members present, to approve the Amended Site and Landscape Plan and Resolution No. 20-06-PC for 143 Bowie Road Laurel, Maryland 20707 as presented in the Technical Staff Report.

 

Next on the agenda, was a Detailed M-X-T Final Plan, Westside Application and Resolution No. 20-04-PC, Commercial, 13601 & 14501 Westside Boulevard, filed by Strittmatter Land LLC., 9102 Owens Drive Manassas Park, Virginia 20111.  Mr. Love stated the applicant is seeking Detailed M-X-T Site Plan Approval for Westside Shoppes Lot 3 to construct a 10,000 sq. ft. retail building. The site is part of the larger development known as Westside. The current zoning of the property is Mixed Use Transportation Oriented (M-X-T). The property was annexed into the City in July of 2012.

 

Chairwoman Betman opened the public hearing at 6:37 p.m.

 

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, sated they are pleased to have been working with the City of Laurel and they are in agreement with all the conditions listed on the staff report. They estimate the timeline of the new traffic signal would be 4-6 months after receiving the first set of permits. Lastly, Mr. Gibbs stated he and others such as the applicant, Engineer and Traffic Study Analysist for this project is also signed in and, on the call, to answer any questions from the Commission.

 

Council President Sydnor asked why the applicant cannot commit to grocery store at this space. Mr. Gibbs explained initially a grocery store was in the plans, however, online shopping has changed the expansion of grocery stores. They tried relentlessly to get one but unfortunately could not get any interest. Mr. Gibbs stated this has been communicated to the community who, for the most part, understand the situation.

 

Mr. Wellford asked the application if the new traffic signal would also control the Royal Farms traffic. The Traffic Study Analyst, Mr. Lenhart stated yes it would be a four way intersection, as the property is directory across Royal Farms.

 

Chairwoman Betman closed the public hearing 6:45 p.m.

 

The Commission, on motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Wellford, and carried on a roll call vote of all members present, to approve the Detailed M-X-T Final Plan, Westside Application and Resolution No. 20-04-PC for 13601 & 14501 Westside Boulevard Laurel, Maryland 20707 as presented in the Technical Staff Report.

 

Mr. Kish joined the teleconference at approximately 6:50 p.m.

 

The next agenda item, Detailed M-X-T Site Plan for Westside Residential Application and Resolution No. 20-PC-03 filed by Strittmatter Land LLC., 9102 Owens Drive Manassas Park, Virginia 20111. Mr. Love stated the applicant is seeking Detailed M-X-T Site Plan Approval for Westside Residential to develop eighty-one (81) individual townhomes. The site is part of the larger development known as Westside. The current zoning of the property is Mixed Use Transportation Oriented (M-X-T). The property was annexed into the City in July of 2012.

 

Chairwoman Betman opened the public hearing at 6:59 p.m.

 

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, briefly explained the history of this portion of the project. He stated that the same contacts are on the line from the previous item on the agenda, along with Jessica McHon, a representative from NVR homes. Mr. Gibbs stated they had made a commitment in the beginning of this project process to work the exiting community and has been working very hard to do so. They had extended the timeline for a vote on the Homeowners Association; however, they were not able to get the votes needed to annex in the Homeowners Association. One of the biggest concerns from current residents is quality. It was noted by Mr. Gibbs that the new homes will be equal quality if not better. Lastly, Mr. Gibbs stated he and his client agree with the conditions listed in the staff report and are available to answer any questions from the Commission.

 

Mr. Wellford asked what the purpose of the pavilion is. Mr. Gibbs stated for community events such as cookouts and family gatherings. It will be separate from the commercial site and intended for residential use only. Mr. Wellford also asked why there were two addresses for this project, and they are both being use for the commercial and residential sections. It was noted by Mr. Gibbs that the addresses are reflecting the current addresses and property has not been developed yet, therefore, once construction is done each building will have its own address number. The property has not yet ben legally divided.

 

Chairwoman Betman closed the public hearing 7:05 p.m.

 

Mr. Larry Taub recommended the Commission note in the motion regarding the fee-in-lieu, that is in fact a part of the public’s interest.

 

The Commission, on motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Wellford, and carried on a roll call vote of all members present, to approve the Detailed M-X-T Final Plan, Westside Application and Resolution No. 20-04-PC for 13601 & 14501 Westside Boulevard Laurel, Maryland 20707 as presented in the Technical Staff Report, and including condition number six, in that the fee in lieu credit is in the public’s interest.

 

Last on the agenda was the 2019 Planning Report and Resolution No. 20-07-PC.

 

The Commission, on motion by Mr. Wellford, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and carried on a roll call vote of all members present, to approve the 2019 Planning Report and Resolution No. 20-07-PC as presented in the Technical Staff Report.

 

Approved: Brooke Quillen                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Date: 7/14/2020

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