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P&Z Minutes

March 3, 2015

The Planning and Zoning Commission for the City of Cambridge met on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at the City Council Chambers, 305 Gay Street, Cambridge, Maryland.

Commissioners in Attendance: Jerry Burroughs, Chairman; Hubert Trego, Chan'Tay Nelson, Gene Lauer and William Craig, Vice-Chair

Others in attendance included: Anne Roane, City Planner and Robert S. Collison, City Attorney

Mr. Burroughs started the meeting with greetings.
Case # P&Z 6 YF 12/13 Applicant is looking for a final site approval.

Ms. Roane spoke that this project was brought to us back in August of 2013 and this is the innovation Center at the Dorchester County Technology Park, lot 3 located on Bucktown Road. It is a permitted use in the I Zone, the Planner had received a Preliminary Plan approval from this Commission on August of 2013 and those minutes are attached for you tonight. Also, included are the comments from our City Engineer, Mr. George Hyde and the applicant has those also. Please understand that we need to also have signage details for the property. Mr. Jeff Hubbard from Lane Engineering for this project and would like to answer any questions.

Mr. Hubbard from Lane Engineer spoke to the Commission he is representing the Dorchester County Council. This has been an exciting project, but slow moving as well the project is basically something to bring jobs to Dorchester County. It has been designed to be the headquarters of the Dorchester County Economic Development Department and as a very flexible space that can be expanded for business. The idea is to have small businesses to rent a space/desk, get the business plan going and then hire employees as they need, to grow into the building spaces. The building can be used for small manufacturing or small assembly with office space.

Mr. Tim Crosby was the architect for this project, which is pre-engineered structural steel building, and uses architectural screening in the front of the building. The idea was to capture the boat building industry in this building, like heavy timbers in the front of the entrances and a lot more elements in the design. Bucktown Road is a well-traveled road then coming through Flowers Drive. The back of the building will have architectural steel, glass and bricks with a nice courtyard. Roofing will have the run-off to the watering system for the courtyard and landscaping. We want something nice for the business owners to have a nice place to relax during the day. The Economic Development staff could hold small functions in the courtyard, like Chamber after hours or luncheons.

The buildings are going to be designed high-tech, with internet, security system, training facilities and conference rooms, catering facilities or etc. This building will be an anchor for the whole complex for the County. We would like to get stated this spring with the building of the project. Funding is in place to get it going.

Mr. Lauer spoke that he wanted to know if the site plan that we are approving does it also include any future building next to the courtyard. Mr. Hubbard hoped it was for the whole site plan with the parking areas. Ms. Roane spoke that it is for the first building and parking and not the outline of the future building next to the courtyard.

Mr. Craig spoke that he was concerned with the comments from Mr. Hyde that he wanted to know where the garbage dumpsters were going to be located. Mr. Hubbard spoke that the location is on the site plans.

Mr. Craig continued that we are prepared to have a motion for the final approval, but there are a few additional staff comments. Mr. Collison commented that the approval of the project with the additional staff comments to be satisfied.

Mr. Trego asked and he has been by the site and commented about the land conditions after the resent weather. Mr. Hubbard stated that we do construction any type of weather or conditions.

Mr. Burroughs asked if the building was going to be all steel. Mr. Hubbard commented that it is steel, brick and glass from the outside. It would be a lot of open space with a lot of natural lighting through the building.

Mr. Craig made a motion to approve this final site plan contingent on the satisfaction of the two outstanding staff comments. Ms. Nelson seconded this motion. The motion passed with unanimous vote.

Ms. Roane spoke that at the last meeting we need to address the officers for this Commission. She would recommend that this issue be table until the next meeting, because two members are absent tonight. At the next meeting we could focus on some outstanding legislation to bring into the UDC and to have a final hard copy for each member.

Mr. Collison spoke about the last meeting having a recommendation regarding the B&B on 312 Mill Street to increase from four rooms to five or six and with a three year term. The Board of Zoning Appeals did not accept your recommendation they actually lowered the permitted rooms from four to three rooms and kept it a one year approval. The basis for their ruling was the general language in our code that talks about bathrooms shall be convenient and appropriate number for B&B's and it would service the City better to just give a standard. The minimum standard shall be one bathroom per two rooms, something that the Commission may feel is reasonable and the consumer/buyer beware, it should be addresses.

Ms. Roane also commented that we need to look at the parking requirements are for this issue also, like the off-street parking. B&B's are in our historic district and we have adjusted our parking requirements for off-street in the NC Zones, but not specific to B&B's.

Mr. Trego remembers speaking about the solar panels in the UDC that we need to discuss at the next meeting.

Mr. Burroughs asked for a motion to close the meeting. A motion to close by Mr. Trego and seconded by Mr. Craig. All Approved.

Respectfully submitted, Ms. Michal Dixon DPW Secretary 1

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Jerry Burroughs, Chairman Date Approved