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P&Z Minutes 2-2-2016

February 2, 2016
Planning & Zoning Commission
Minutes
February 2, 2016


The Planning and Zoning Commission for the City of Cambridge met on Tuesday,
February 2, 2016 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),
Mary Losty, Jerry Burroughs, Chantay Nelson, Hubert Trego
Others in attendance included: Rob Collison, City Attorney; Pat Escher, City Planner; LaSara
Kinser, Planning and Zoning Assistant
Mr. Craig began the meeting with a moment of silence. He then welcomed Mr. Jerry Burroughs
back to the Commission.
Minutes
January 5, 2016
Ms. Losty and Mr. Rickert made two small corrections. Mr. Rickert made a motion to accept the
minutes as revised, Ms. Nelson seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
January 12, 2016
Ms. Losty and Mr. Rickert made two small corrections. Ms. Losty made a motion to accept the
minutes as revised, Mr. Trego seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Discussion Items:
Cambridge Clean Water Advisory Committee — Discussion of Draft Report
The Cambridge Clean Water Advisory Committee, represented by Shelly Baird, Alan Gerard,
Matt Paludo, and Bethann Lynch, presented a draft of their water quality report and asked for
recommendations from the Commission regarding potential new members to their group,
feedback on the report’s recommendations, and what if anything else they should include before
presenting the final report at City Council. The discussion after the presentation included recent
development projects that are already using sound storm water practices, community outreach,
vacant buildings, and how to position the plan politically. There was also public comment from
Assistant City Engineer, Brent Jett, regarding the applicability of the plan to the City as a whole.

The Commission suggested that the Committee meet with the County, prioritize storm water
management on older streets that don’t have any, and itemize the potential budget. Mr. Rickert
made a motion, seconded by Mr. Burroughs, that the Commission recommends positive
consideration of the presented plan to the City Council. The motion passed unanimously.
Proposed location for the Medical Cannabis facility
Jeff Hubbard, of Lane Engineering, representing Dr.’s Orders Group, made a presentation asking
the Commission to confirm that a full site plan for the facility will not be required in order to get
a building permit for interior renovations to the inside of the building and a fence permit. Mr.
Hubbard clarified that the Group would bring a full site plan, should they be granted a license for
the facility. The discussion addressed the questions that were previously presented by City
Engineer, George Hyde, the process for interior renovations, and the future phases of the plan for
the property.
WHCP-LP request to locate at 910 Race Street with a satellite office and training center
Ms. Escher briefly presented information on the request. The request was represented by Mike
Starling, Stephen Ridout, of Cambridge Community Radio, Inc. Mr. Starling explained the
proposed activities at the property and the ways in which the proposed activities could be
allowable. Ms. Escher suggested a text amendment to remove “and similar” from the description
of allowable uses, if such a use could truly be considered under that section. The Commission
declined to consider a text amendment; Mr. Collison explained the process Mr. Starling could
follow if he would like to proceed with the use.
The lack of on-site parking required in the Downtown/Waterfront Development District.
Ms. Escher explained that there are no parking requirements in the DWDD. She cited examples,
such as Washington Street, where businesses are not required to have off-street parking, but
where parking is also not allowed on the street. The consensus was that staff should develop
language to reflect an affirmative obligation on the developer, to show that parking is not
necessary at a given site and that the language regarding parking in the Downtown, Core should
stay the same.
Regular Business Text Amendments:
Revise Section 4.2 (1) to allow administrative review of permitted uses with conditions and
(2) to remove Planning Commission review from group homes for the mentally impaired.
Mr. Rickert made a motion to recommend the text amendment to City Council. Mr. Trego
seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Revise Section 2.4 to include language regarding nonconforming commercial lots.
Mr. Trego made a motion to recommend the text amendment to City Council. Mr. Rickert
seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.


Revise Section 5.1.1 C. to provide minimum lot size within the Downtown/Waterfront
Development District
After some discussion, the Commission decided to revise the text amendment to 1,500 square
feet as a minimum lot size, in order to reduce the number of non-conforming properties. Mr.
Rickert made a motion to recommend the text amendment as revised to City Council. Ms. Losty
seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Revise Section 6.5.9 to remove billboards from the Non-Conforming Signs.
Mr. Collison suggested deleting section 6.5.9 entirely, as opposed to removing the reference to
billboards from the section. After some discussion, Mr. Rickert made a motion to recommend the
text amendment to City Council, as revised. Mr. Trego seconded the motion and it passed
unanimously.
Revise City Charter Section 12-15 which allows dumping of refuse on property within
Cambridge if written permission is obtained from the property owner.
The Commission did not act on this item and it will go directly to City Council for approval.
Further Discussion
Staff proposed, and the Commission agreed, to discuss Air BnB regulations at the March
meeting.
Mr. Rickert indicated he would not be present for the March meeting and Mr. Burroughs
indicated that he might have some trouble attending the meeting as well.
Adjourn
Mr. Craig asked for a motion to close the meeting. Mr. Trego made a motion to adjourn, which
was seconded by Ms. Nelson, and passed unanimously. The meeting ended at 8:33 pm.
Respectfully submitted,
LaSara Kinser, Planning and Zoning Assistant