Board or Committee Meeting
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Agenda

 

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1. Roll Call

2. Approval of Minutes from the November 10, 2020 meeting

3. Special Exception Extension Application No. 911, 352-354 Main Street, filed by Exclusive Blue c/o Patrick Davis, for recommendation to the Board of Appeals

4. Special Exception Application No. 909, 1024 Marton Street, filed by Paul Timmons for recommendation to the Board of Appeals

5. Amended Site and Landscape Plan and Resolution No. 21-01-PC, Laurel Gardens, Park Avenue, filed by Legends Group c/o Mike Collins

Public Hearing on Application

Final Action by Planning Commission

6.  Amendment of Final Record Plat Plan and Resolution No. 21-02-PC, Laurel Gardens, Park Avenue, filed by Legends Group c/o Mike Collins

Public Hearing on Application

Final Action by Planning Commission

7.  Text Amendment No. 257 (Ordinance 1966) An ordinance amending the Unified Land Development Code (ULDC) to amend the Unified Land Development Code definitions and use tables, area, yard and height regulations, accessory structures, bulk regulations, site plans, signage, fences, and walls sections. The proposed update is part of a comprehensive review and update of the City’s zoning Code, for recommendation to the Mayor and City Council.

8.  Election of Chair

9.  Election of Vice-Chair

10.  Adjourn

Minutes

FIVE HUNDRED SEVENTY NINTH MEETING

CITY OF LAUREL PLANNING COMMISSION

TUESDAY- JANUARY 12, 2021 – 6:00 P.M.

 

The meeting convened on a virtual platform through Zoom at 6:00 P.M., with Chairwoman Mitzi R. Betman presiding.  The roll was called with the Honorable G. Rick Wilson, Mr. John Kish, Vice-Chairman, Mr. Bill Wellford, Ms. Krystiana Bonheur. Also, present were and the Ms. Christian L. Pulley, Director of Economic and Community Development, Mr. Robert Love, Deputy Director, Mr. Joshua Mitchum, Planner II, Mr. Monta Burrough, Planner II and Ms. Brooke Quillen, Secretary to the Commission. Present from the Office of Information Technology, Ms. Cinnamen Fisher, Application Specialist, and Mr. Darnell Butler, Communications Department. There were approximately (5) five members of the public in attendance.

 

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

 

Next, was Special Exception Extension Application No. 911, 352-354 Main Street Laurel, Maryland 20707 filed by Exclusive Blu c/o Patrick Davis for recommendation to the Board of Appeals.  Mr. Mitchum stated the Applicant is seeking an extension of the Special Exception previously granted to establish and operate a restaurant with live performances and a rooftop deck/bar area, to be located at the 352-354 Main 2 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) and 2019 (20-01-BOA). However, the latest approval has expired, and the Applicant is seeking an extension of the Special Exception granted in 2019.

 

Chairwoman Betman stated the Applicant was on the call and available for any questions, she added there were no members of the public signed up to speak on this item.

 

The Commission, on motion by Mr. Wellford, seconded by Mr. Kish, and carried on a roll call vote of all members present, voted to recommend approval of the Special Exception Application No. 911 with the conditions as presented in the Technical Staff Report.

 

Next on the agenda, Special Exception Extension Application No. 909, 1024 Marton Street Laurel, Maryland 20707 filed by Paul Timmons for recommendation to the Board of Appeals.  Mr. Burrough stated the Applicant is seeking Special Exception approval to construct an addition, 16’ x 37’ or 592 square feet, which exceeds seventy-two percent (72%) of the square footage of the existing main structure. The new addition will be located on the rear of the existing house. The property was constructed in 1951 and is zoned R55, Residential One Family Detached. The purpose of the proposed addition is to expand the house and give more room to the family. The existing structure on the parcel consist of a one-story single-family residence. The single-family residence has a footprint measuring 814 square feet and a gross floor area of 814 square feet.

 

Chairwoman Betman stated the Applicant was on the call and available for any questions, she added there were no members of the public signed up to speak on this item.

 

The Commission, on motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Ms. Bonheur and carried on a roll call vote of all members present, voted to recommend approval of the Special Exception Application No. 909 with the conditions as presented in the Technical Staff Report.

 

Next, Ms. Christian Pulley presented the Technical Staff Report dated for an Amended Site and Landscape Plan for Laurel Gardens Apartment Complex, Park Avenue, filed by Legends Group c/o Mike Collins. Ms. Pulley stated the Applicant is seeking approval to amend the Site and Landscape Plan for the Laurel Gardens Revitalization Overlay development, to plant additional landscaping throughout the community; as well as illustrate, the rededicating the abandoned portion of Park Avenue back to the City of Laurel.

 

Chairwoman Betman asked the Representative for the Applicant if they wished to speak regarding the request. Mr. Greg Benefiel, Registered Professional Land Surveyor, Survey’s Inc., 350 Main Street Laurel, Maryland  20707 was available for questions. Chairwoman Betman noted for the record that there was no one signed up to speak regarding the application and opened the public hearing at approximately 6:15 p.m. No one came forward to speak. Chairwoman Betman closed the public hearing at approximately 6:16 p.m.

 

Ms. Bonheur made a motion for approval of the Amended Site and Landscape Plan Application for Laurel Gardens Apartment Complex, Park Avenue Laurel, MD  20707 with the conditions listed in the Technical Staff Report and included Resolution No. 21-01-PC. Mr. Wilson seconded the motion and roll call continued with all members present voting in favor of the motion.

 

Next, the Commission heard the request for the Amendment of Final Record Plat Plan for Laurel Gardens Apartment Complex, Park Avenue Laurel, MD  20707 filed by Legends Group c/o Mike Collins. Ms. Pulley stated the Applicant, Legends Group is seeking record plat of subdivision to rededicate the abandoned portion of Park Avenue back to the City of Laurel. The area was to serve as greenspace for the redevelopment of the Laurel Gardens apartment complex. The vacating of part of Park Avenue was approved by the Mayor and City Council on November 26, 2012. The approved plat was recorded at Prince George’s County Land Records.

 

Chairwoman Betman asked the Representative for the Applicant if they wished to speak regarding the request.  Mr. Greg Benefiel, Registered Professional Land Surveyor, Survey’s Inc., 350 Main Street Laurel, Maryland  20707 was available for questions. Chairwoman Betman noted for the record that there was no one signed up to speak regarding the application and opened the public hearing at approximately 6:18 p.m. No one came forward to speak. Chairwoman Betman closed the public hearing at approximately 6:19 p.m.

 

Ms. Bonheur made a motion for approval of the Amendment of Final Record Plat Plan Application for Laurel Gardens Apartment Complex, Park Avenue Laurel, MD  20707 with the conditions listed in the Technical Staff Report and included Resolution No. 21-02-PC. Mr. Wilson seconded the motion and roll call continued with all members present voting in favor of the motion.

 

The next agenda item was Text Amendment Application No. 257 (Ordinance 1966) filed by the Mayor and City Council. Mr. Love stated the requested action is approval of Text Amendment No. 257 (Ordinance NO. 1966) to amend Chapter 20, Land Development and Subdivision, Article I, Zoning, Division 1 In General, Section 20- 1.7 Definitions, Article I Zoning, Division 5 Zoning Districts, Section 20-6.15. Area, yard, and height regulations, Section 20-6.16 Schedule of Area, Yard, and Height Regulations for residential uses, Section 20-6.23. Accessory structures; bulk regulations, Section 20-7.8 Table of commercial uses, Section 20-9.5 Table of Industrial uses, Section 20-12.2 M-X-T Zone (Mixed Use-Transportation Oriented), Section 20-12.5 “Site plans”, Section 20-17.1 Purpose & scope, Section 20-17.2 Definitions, Section 20-17.3 General provisions, Section 20-17.4 Regulation by zones, Section 20- 17.5 Legal nonconformity; maintenance and repair, Section 20-17.6 Construction specifications, Section 20-18.2 Nonconforming billboards, 20-20.5 Fence and walls, Section 20-22.53 Liquor stores, Section 20-22.72 Licensed premises of licensed dispensaries, Section 20-29.10 Mandatory dedication or fee-in-lieu of open space.

 

The Commission, on motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Wellford, and carried on a roll call vote of all members present, voted to recommend approval of Text Amendment Application No. 257 (Ordinance No. 1966) to the Mayor and City Council as presented in the proposed Ordinance.

 

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 6:35 p.m.

 

 

Approved:      LBQ                              Date:  3/9/2021

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