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P&Z Minutes

October 6, 2015

Planning & Zoning Commission

Minutes

October 6, 2015

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

Commissioners in Attendance: William Craig (Chairman), Marshall Rickert (Vice-Chair), Jerry Burroughs, Mary Losty, Chantay Nelson, Hubert Trego and Eugene Lauer

 

Others in attendance included: Victoria Jackson-Stanley, Mayor, Frank Cooke, City Council Liason; Rob Collison, City Attorney; Pat Escher, City Planner; LaSara Kinser, Planning and Zoning Assistant; Oden Wheeler, Jr. Director of DPW; Gage Thomas, City Councilman; Robby Hanson, City Councilman;

 

Mr. Craig started the meeting with greetings and a moment of silence.  There were some changes to the order of the agenda, and the Mayor asked to be added to the agenda. There was no discussion about the changes and the agenda was approved.

 

Mr. Craig asked if there was any discussion regarding P&Z #2015-009, 406 Boundary Ave., Day Care, Home application and hearing none closed the record. Mr. Rickert made a motion to close the record on the particular case, which was seconded by Ms. Nelson and passed unanimously. Mr. Collison clarified that the case would still be heard later in the agenda.

 

Minutes

Minutes from the P&Z meeting of September 1, 2015.  Motion to approve minutes by Ms. Losty, second by Mr. Trego. All approved and carried.

 

The Commission recognized Mr. Burroughs for his service to the City as both a Commissioner and Chair on the Planning and Zoning Commission. Mr. Burroughs was presented with a plaque to thank him for his service. The Mayor also presented Mr. Burroughs with a proclamation and flowers to thank him for his service to the City. Mr. Burroughs gave a brief speech on his retirement from the Planning and Zoning Commission.

 

P&Z# 2015-009, 406 Boundary Ave. Home Day Care application

Ms. Kinser presented a brief staff report and explained that the application met the requirements of the UDC as updated by Ordinance 1054. There was no public comment. Mr. Trego recused himself. Mr. Rickert made a motion to approve the application as submitted and recommended by Staff, Mr. Lauer seconded the motion. Mr. Collison asked for clarification regarding the fencing requirements. The motion passed 6-0.

 

Discussion Items:

Ms. Escher gave a brief informational presentation on medical marijuana and presented her recommendations for definitions related to medical marijuana and the proposed zoning districts and conditions.

 

Mr. Rickert commented that resource conservation districts were inappropriate for medical marijuana grow facilities due to the spread out nature of the districts in the City. Mr. Cooke asked why it is necessary to require that the facilities be located at a certain distance from schools, churches and residential neighborhoods. Ms. Escher clarified her reasoning on that point. The Commissioners gave their opinions on the staff recommendations. Public comment was made by Miss Destiny Franchot, of the Youth Action Council, Ms. Charlene Jones of 6305 Arrow Head Dr., Hurlock, which preceded further discussion between staff and commissioners regarding signage, and the placement of dispensing facilities. Further public comment was made by Charles McFadden and Mrs. McFadden of 207 Belvedere Ave., and Ikea Cornish of 733 Foxtail Dr, Cambridge. Mr. Collison asked for clarification regarding the proposed placement of testing facilities. There was further discussion in response to the public comment regarding the placement of various facilities, the appropriate level of restriction in the ordinance, the necessary amendments to the Unified Development Code, a summary of the staff recommendations, the potential for the development of medical marijuana facilities on Race St., and the effect of exposure to medical marijuana facilities on youth before the discussion was closed.  Staff indicated that the actual text amendment language would be coming before the Commission at the next meeting.

 

P&Z TA # 6 Text Amendment Adding land use definitions to Article 9.

 

The text amendment adding definitions for the following land uses: temporary or seasonal activities or development, kennel or cattery, and the distinction between warehousing, large and warehousing, medium was discussed. The level and time of review by the City for temporary or seasonal activities, the noise associated with those activities and the length of seasonal/temporary activities was discussed particularly. There was no public comment.

 

P&Z TA # 7 Text Amendment to Land Use Tables #1 and #2, Technical corrections and coordination with the Code’s text.

This text amendment addressed correction of temporal housing in the land use table, the definition and placement of commercial apartments, alphabetizing the land use tables, standardizing the abbreviations on the land use tables, and general formatting concerns.

 

P&Z TA # 8 Text Amendment to Land Use Tables #1 and #2, Adding land uses and allocating uses to different Zone Districts.

The addition/modification of land uses for bed and breakfasts, seasonal or temporary sales, commercial apartments were addressed in this text amendment.

 

P&Z TA # 9 Text Amendment to Section 6.3.2 Adding Residential and Institutional parking standards and clarifying Section 6.3.3, Modification to Parking Requirements.

The table numbering convention in the UDC needs to be modified and the definition of Gross Floor Area will be added as discussed. There was also discussion regarding the placement of garbage cans and related text amendments as well as modifications to the parking requirements, particularly the number of parking spaces that can be created downtown.

 

 

P&Z TA # 10 Text Amendments to Section 4.2.3 Adding Warehouse Medium and Temporary or Seasonal Activities or Development.

 

 

There was also discussion on appeals to the Board of Appeals by the Historic Preservation Commission, the meeting schedule and case load for November—the above text amendments, and a yacht maintenance proposal. Commission Lauer asked the Commission to consider moving the meeting, which will be held November 5, 2015.

 

 

Mr. Craig asked for a motion to close the meeting.  A motion to close was made by Mr. Burroughs and seconded by Ms. Nelson.  All approved and carried.

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

LaSara Kinser, Planning and Zoning Assistant