Board or Committee Meeting
Tuesday, January 11, 2022 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Agenda

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***This meeting will be held virtually through Zoom***

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  1. Roll Call  
  2. Approval of Minutes from the December 14, 2021 meeting
  3. Amended Site and Landscape Application and Resolution No. 21-11-PC- Chido’s Tex- Mex Grill- 14600 Laurel Place, filed by Brunson Designs.

Public Hearing on Application

Final Action by Planning Commission

  1. Detailed M-X-T Final Plan Application No. 923 and Resolution No. 22-02-PC, Starbucks- 14940 Silver Trail Lane, filed by Westside Land Holdings LLC.

Public Hearing on Application

Final Action by Planning Commission

  1. Special Exception Application No. 921, Starbucks, 14940 Silver Trail Lane, filed by Westside Land Holdings LLC., for recommendation to the Board of Appeals.
  2. Detailed M-X-T Final Plan Application No. 922 and Resolution No. 22-01-PC, Wawa- 14910 Silver Trail Lane, filed by Westside Land Holdings LLC.

Public Hearing on Application

Final Action by Planning Commission

  1. Special Exception Application No. 920, Wawa, 14910 Silver Trail Lane, filed by Westside Land Holdings LLC., for recommendation to the Board of Appeals.
  2. Adjourn

Minutes

FIVE HUNDRED EIGHTY EIGHTH MEETING

CITY OF LAUREL PLANNING COMMISSION

TUESDAY JANUARY 11, 2022 – 6:00 P.M.

 

The meeting convened on a virtual platform through Zoom at 6:00 P.M., with Acting Chairman John R. Kish presiding.  The roll was called with The Honorable G. Rick Wilson, Mr. Bill Wellford, Ms. Krystiana Bonheur and Councilmember Sydnor, Ex-Officio Member. Also present were Mr. Robert Love, Director, Mr. Monta Burrough, Planner II, Mr. Joshua Mitchum, Planner II and Ms. Brooke Quillen, Secretary to the Commission. Mr. Darnell Butler from the Communications Department was also present. There were approximately forty-four (44) members of the public in attendance.

 

The minutes from the December 14, 2021 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.

 

It was noted by staff the Planning Commission’s alternate member, Mr. Dennis Grant is also in attendance and will be voting in Chairwoman Betman’s absence.

 

The next item on the agenda was Amended Site and Landscape Application and Resolution No. 21-11-PC- Chido’s Tex- Mex Grill- 14600 Laurel Place, filed by Brunson Designs, 10739 Tucket Street, #260 Beltsville, Maryland 20705Mr. Burrough stated the applicant’s proposal is to enclose an existing outdoor seating area and construct a new patio deck adjacent to a new enclosed outdoor seating area.  The new construction will be located on the right side of the existing building.  The property is zoned O-B (Office Building w/ conditions) and is in the Laurel Lakes Underlying Zoning area.  The current tenant occupying the building is Chidos Restaurant.

 

The applicant, Ms. Lynette Brunson, 10729 Tucket Street, #260 Beltsville, Maryland 20707, stated they agree with all the conditions listed in the staff report.

 

Acting Chairman Kish opened the public hearing at 6:06 p.m. and noted for the record there were zero (0) members of the public signed up to speak on this item.

 

Acting Chairman Kish closed the public hearing at 6:07 p.m.

 

The Commission, on motion by Mr. Wellford, seconded by Mr. Kish, and carried on a roll call vote of all members present, voted to approve the Amended Site and Landscape Plan Application and Resolution No. 21-11-PC.

 

            Next, was Detailed M-X-T Final Plan Application and Resolution No. 22-02-PC, filed by Westside Land Holdings LLC., 9102 Owens Drive Manassas Park, VA 20111.  Mr. Love stated the applicant is seeking approval for Westside Commercial Lot 4 to construct a 4,800 sq. ft. commercial building that includes a Starbucks restaurant with a drive-thru and for lease retail space.  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.

 

 

 

The attorney for the applicant, Mr. Edward C. Gibbs, Esquire, Gibbs and Haller, 1300 Caraway Court Suite 102 Upper Marlboro, Maryland   20774, briefly explained the history of the Westside project and the City of Laurel, adding they had to revise the original plan and reduce retail to increase residential. Grocery stores were not confident enough to open in the area, stating not enough residential units to justify opening at the site. Mr. Gibbs explained these applications would be the last of approvals before construction (after Board of Appeals final approvals for the Special Exceptions). He added they have had a few meetings with surrounding communities and believes most people are excited for these new tenants. Lastly, Mr. Gibbs noted he is in attendance to answer any questions and agrees with the staff report.

 

Acting Chairman Kish opened the public hearing at 6:12 p.m. There was nobody signed up to speak, however, members of the public were present and had questions.

 

            Ms. Deborah Elizebio, 14200 Westside Boulevard, #201 Laurel, Maryland 20707, asked what will happen to the other (2) two lots on the property, and stated she is happy to hear a new traffic light will be installed. Lastly, she asked about greenspaces and family friendly accommodations.

 

Mr. Edward C. Gibbs, Esquire, Gibbs and Haller, 1300 Caraway Court Suite 102 Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20774, replied all (4) four lots have been approved for commercial development, and indeed there will be additional greenspaces within the new townhouses directly behind the (4) four lots to include a pavilion and a dog park. Mr. Gibbs then referred to the applicant to confirm when that project should start.  

 

The applicant, Mr. Blake Esherick, Strittmatter Land LLC, 5630 Connecticut Avenue NW 3rd Floor Washington DC 20015, remarked they expect to start construction on the townhomes late this spring and completion would be approximately two (2) years.

 

Mr. Charles Wilson, 14200 Westside Boulevard, Laurel, Maryland 20707, asked if the new residential project will be all townhouses or mixed with apartments.

 

The applicant, Mr. Blake Esherick, Strittmatter Land LLC, 5630 Connecticut Avenue NW 3rd Floor Washington DC 20015, commented they will all be townhouses, the project was approved for eighty-one (81) townhomes.

 

Acting Chairman Kish closed the public hearing at 6:21 p.m.

 

It was noted by the Commission and staff additional questions that were submitted in the chat room of this zoom hearing will be answered individually and directly by staff, if email addresses are provided.

 

The Commission, on motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Wellford, and carried on a roll call vote of all members present, voted to approve the Detailed M-X-T Final Plan Application and Resolution No. 22-02-PC.

 

Next, was Special Exception Application No. 921, filed by Westside Land Holdings LLC., 9102 Owens Drive Manassas Park, VA 20111.  Mr. Love stated the applicant is seeking approval to construct a 4,800 sq. ft. commercial building that includes a Starbucks restaurant with a drive-thru and for lease retail space. 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.  

 

The attorney for the applicant, Mr. Edward C. Gibbs, Esquire, Gibbs and Haller, 1300 Caraway Court Suite 102 Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20774, explained this application is the same case as the previous application however a special exception was required because of the drive thru component that will be constructed at the Starbucks.

 

The Commission, on motion by Mr. Wellford, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and carried on a roll call vote of all members present, voted to recommend approval of Special Exception No. 921 to the Board of Appeals.

 

Next, was Detailed M-X-T Final Plan Application No. 922and Resolution No. 22-01-PC, filed by Westside Land Holdings LLC., 9102 Owens Drive Manassas Park, VA 20111.  Mr. Mitchum stated the applicant is seeking Detailed M-X-T Site Plan Approval for Westside Commercial Lot 2 to construct a 5,600 sq. ft. commercial building that includes a Wawa gas station complex.  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.

 

Mr. Edward C. Gibbs, Esquire, Gibbs and Haller, 1300 Caraway Court Suite 102 Upper Marlboro, Maryland20774, advised this Wawa will go on lot 2, on the corner of Westside Boulevard and Van Dusen Road, adding his client did extensive research for this project, with an update to include the new traffic light and turn only lane. They are confident it will meet all adequate levels of service with no backup concerns to the area. The substantial amount of parking will also be helpful. He noted they submitted a very detailed application package to staff including the traffic study, statement of justification and site plans. Lastly, Mr. Gibbs stated he will answer any questions or concerns and they agree with the staff report.

 

Acting Chairman Kish opened the public hearing at 6:38 p.m.

 

There was a discussion among the Commission and staff regarding EV charging stations for electronic vehicles. Staff stated they are always encouraged by the city’s Environmental Coordinator and will be installed at this Wawa as well as the most recent Wawa built on the other side of town.

 

Acting Chairman Kish closed the public hearing at 6:44 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 Detailed M-X-T Final Plan Application No. 922 and Resolution No. 22-01-PC.

 

Next, was Special Exception Application No. 920, filed by Westside Land Holdings LLC., 9102 Owens Drive Manassas Park, VA 20111.  Mr. Mitchum stated the applicant is seeking Special Exception approval to construct a Wawa gas station complex. 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), which was annexed into the City in July of 2012.

 

            Ms. Deborah Elizebio, 14200 Westside Boulevard, #201 Laurel, Maryland 20707, asked when will the next update will be available for this project.

 

The applicant, Mr. Blake Esherick, Strittmatter Land LLC, 5630 Connecticut Avenue NW 3rd Floor Washington DC 20015, mentioned they expect to start construction the immediately, once permits are issued. Additionally, they expect this project will take approximately a year to complete.

 

The Commission, on motion by Mr. Wellford, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and carried on a roll call vote of all members present, voted to recommend approval of Special Exception No. 920 to the Board of Appeals.

 

 

Approved: Brooke Quillen                                           Date:  2/15/2022

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