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P&Z Minutes 4-5-2016

April 5, 2016
Planning & Zoning Commission
Minutes
April 5, 2016


The Planning and Zoning Commission for the City of Cambridge met on Tuesday.
April 5, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the City Council Chambers. 305 Gay Street. Cambridge, Maryland.
Commissioners in Attendance: William Craig (Chairman), Chantay Nelson, Hubert Trego,
Eugene Lauer, Jerry Burroughs, Mary Losty
Others in attendance included: Rob Collison, City Attorney; Pat Escher, City Planner; LaSara
Kinser, Planning and Zoning Assistant
Mr. Craig called the meeting to order at 6:00 PM and asked for a moment of silence.
Minutes
March 1,2016
Mr. Lauer made a motion to accept the minutes without revision, Mr. Trego seconded the motion
and it passed with Ms. Losty and Mr. Burroughs abstaining.
Regular Business:
PZ #2016-008 Conceptual Site Plan for a Retail store at the corner of Pine Street and Wells
Street
The application was represented by Mr. Tim Crosby, project architect, for Mr. Ed Beasley,
property owner. Ms. Escher reviewed staffs comments on the project. Mr. Crosby gave a
presentation on the project and discussed the proposed use (convenience store and grill with
apartments above), the previous use (dry cleaners), and the layout of the lot in question, and the
proposed building design and materials. The Commission asked questions of Mr. Crosby and
further discussion was held on the lot perimeters, the potential for rezoning one of the lots, the
proposed parking lot. the impact of the proposed use on the neighborhood and other similar
businesses, storm water management, the relationship of the building to the Bethel Church
parking lot, and the potential applicability of a map amendment. Mr. Trego highlighted concerns
about outdoor alcohol consumption. There was public comment by Mr. Dwayne (inaudible) of
716 Pine St., who asked for clarification on the nature of the project, and presented his concerns
regarding loitering (especially with alcohol) outside of the regular business hours. Mr. Crosby
addressed these questions and concerns. The Commission directed the applicant to proceed with
a preliminary site plan.

Text Amendments:
PZ TA #25 Revise Section 4.2.3 to allow a Studio for Art, Music, Dance and Similar within
the NC-l, NC~2, NC-3, and NC-4 Zone Districts as a Special Exception with Conditions within
the text portion of the UDC Section 4.2.3 as indicated in the Permitted Land Use Table #1.
Refine the use intensity limitations.
This item was deferred from the March meeting. Ms. Escher re.presented staffs comments.
There were several points of discussion including the inclusion of commercial pursuits in
residential areas, which the Commission found problematic, and the history of the language in
question and whether or not it was intentionally included in the permitted uses table and
mistakenly left out of the text. Ms. Losty pointed out that the group originally intended to
promote the use in the NC districts with limited intensity and with special exception restrictions.
There was public comment by Mike Starling in support of amending the text to allow the use.
There was a discussion on home occupations and whether or not this use fell under that
distinction. Mr. Burroughs made a motion to recommend to City Council the action of removing
the use as a special exception from the permitted uses table. Mr. Trego seconded the motion and
it passed 5-1 with Ms. Losty dissenting.
PZ TA #28 Revise Section 9.2 to add new land use definition section to provide parameters
for the new cottage industry of short term rentals via the internet.
There were no changes to the proposed text amendment. Mr. Lauer made a motion to
recommend the language to City Council as presented. Ms. Nelson seconded the motion and it
passed unanimously.
PZ TA #30 Revise Section 5.1.4 to include fence standards for commercial lots.
Ms. Escher presented the proposed language to include fence standards for commercial lots. The
Commission proposed some minor changes to the language including that the fences should be
one foot in from the property line for everyone foot above four feet in the front yard and that the
language define storage and that such storage should exclude seasonal retail sales. Ms. Losty
made a motion to recommend the language as revised to City Council. Ms. Nelson seconded the
motion and it passed unanimously.
PZ TA #31Revise Section 6.5 to providing clarification between freestanding signs and
multi-tenant signs, reorganizing language and removing repetitive review criteria.
Staff clarified that the area of freestanding and multi-tenant signs should not exceed 32 feet as
proposed in the language. Mr. Burroughs asked for clarification on the inclusion of groundmounted
or monument signs. Ms. Escher addressed the question of poll signs~ which are no
longer permitted by the UDC. Mr. Lauer made a motion to recommend the language to CounciL
Mr. Trego seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Discussion:
PZ TA #27 Revise Section 4.4.5 Development Standards to include Form Based Code
Standards for the Civic subdistrict. Revise the Downtown General Standards to include the

Civic sub district. Correct the DowntownlWaterfront Development District Map to reflect the
appropriate "Civic" designations for various public properties.
Ms. Escher presented the information with graphics. There are several properties that should be
zoned Civic but are not and staff suggests a map and text amendment to correct the error. Mr.
Collison suggested including a twenty foot public access easement for all properties zoned Civic
that are on the water. The Commission directed staff to return with a text amendment and map
amendment.
Further Discussion
There was further discussion regarding home daycares, window sign enforcement,
Commissioner testing, the Sailwinds project RFP and the role of Commissioners on the board,
and the schedule of tours conducted by the City to sites in Washington, DC to review other
waterfront projects.
Adjourn
Mr. Craig asked for a motion to close the meeting. Mr. Burroughs made a motion to adjourn,
which was seconded by Ms. Losty, and passed unanimously. The meeting ended at 8:00 pm.
Respectfully submitted,
LaSara Kinser, Planning and Zoning Assistant