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P&Z Minutes 5-3-2016

May 3, 2016
Planning & Zoning Commission
Minutes
May 3, 2016


The Planning and Zoning Commission for the City of Cambridge met on Tuesday,
May 3,2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the City Council Chambers, 305 Gay Street, Cambridge, Maryland.
Commissioners in Attendance: William Craig, Chair; Marshall Rickert, Vice-Chair; Mary
Losty, Chantay Nelson, Hubert Trego, Eugene Lauer
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.
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Mr. Craig made one correction to the minutes. Mr. Lauer made a motion to approve the minutes.
Ms. Losty seconded the motion and it passed unanimously, with Me. Rickert abstaining because
he was not at the meeting.
Mr. Corvan and Ms. Devlin, representing the Richardson Maritime Museum Landscape Plan
asked to go after the other cases.
Regular Business:
PZ 2016·011 Special Exception for Seasonal Activities 600 Roslyn Ave. Application for a
seasonal produce Stand.
The application was represented by property owner Bill Hubbard after a report by staff. He
presented photos to the Commission, and indicated that according to his calculations he would
have approximately five available on street parking spaces in the front of his building. He also
indicated that there was a parking lot on the property previously, which currently only uses on
street parking and there is not a parking problem for the street. Mr. Hubbard also indicated that
in the vicinity there is a high amount of foot traffic, which would be his target audience. He
presented a copy of the letter from the adjacent property owner allowing a shared use of the gas
station parking. There was further discussion on the length of time that the stand would be on the
property, whether or not the safety committee had reviewed the application, the scale of the
proposed use, the length of special exception proposed, parking easements and the shared use
agreement concerning the parking lot. Mr, Rickert proposed that a condition of the approval
would be that should the property owner no longer have access to the parking lot next door, at
that time the special exception would need to be reviewed.
Mr. Lauer made a motion to give a positive recommendation for the project to the Board of
Appeals for three years with use of the adjacent lot. Ms. Losty seconded the motion and it
passed unanimously,
PZ 2016.012 Special Exception for Seasonal Activities 200 Sunburst Hwy. Application for a
seasonal product Stand.
Ms. Kristina Davis, who will rent the property, presented the application after a report by staff.
Ms. Davis presented a letter from the property owner giving authorization for the use at the
locati,on in question. There was some discussion regarding the amount of time that the
authorization covered, Ms, Davis indicated that she has an agreement to rent the property for one
season. Ms. Escher clarified that the applicant will have to submit an application for staff review
for each year that she uses the property. There was also discussion regarding how the site would
be used and whether or not the building would be used, the level of visibility of the fruit stand
and its maintenance, signage.
Mr. Lauer made a motion to give a positive recommendation for the project to the Board of
Appeals for three years, with permission from the property owner and subject 10 annual staff
review and compliance with the sign ordinance, and contingent on the tenants maintaining the lot
and the stand. Ms. Nelson seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
PZ 2016·013 Special Exception for an existing a vacant Laundromat - 221 - 223 Choptank
Avenue.
Mr. Mike Baugh, property owner, represented the application after a report by staff. Ms, Escher
indicated that there would be no changes to the fac;ade, and that the five dwelling units above and
one adjacent to the laundry are legal non-conformities and outlined the applicable UDC
conditions. Mr. Baugh indicated that the laundromat had been in legal operation less than ten
years ago and that is a necessary amenity for the community. There was further discussion
regarding parking, foot traffic, existing traffic conditions, secondary agreements, the exterior
appearance of the building, the lack of owner occupancy; signage, environmental concerns, and
tenant parking.
Mr. Rickert made a motion to provide a. positive recommendation to the Board of Appeals
regarding the application, subject to the cond'tions out ined in the staff report.
PZ 2016· 010 Richardson Museum Landscape Plan
Ms. Jane Devlin and Mr. Jay Corvan represented the landscape plan to the Commission and
asked for clarification regarding the status of the Planned Waterfront Community Development
(PWCD) and whether or not the Richardson is grandfathered in as a part of that. Ms. Escher
indicated that she could do more research. Mr. Corvan discussed the history of the interactions
between the museum and the Planning Commission and explained the components of the

landscape plan. The Commission asked several questions of Ms. Devlin and Mr. Corvan. Mr.
Craig clarified the scope of the request to the Commission and pointed out that the Richardson
would have to continue to work through the pennitting process on any buildings on the property.
There was also discussion regarding the walkway and associated safety and security at night, the
parking spaces on Hayward Street, and the proposed sidewalk materials. Mr. Corvan clarified
that he was only asking for approval of the landscaping plan. Mr. Collison clarified that the
Commission is only approving the location of the elements of the plan, and that specific details
such as plant and sidewalk material would be approved by Ms. Escher.
Mr. Rickert made a motion to approve the landscaping plan as discussed, with final details to
approved by staff. Ms. Nelson seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Unfinished Business:
PZ 2016-014 and TA 2016-032 Rezoning and Map Amendment to correct the designation for
properties in in the DowntownlWaterfront Development District (DWDD) that are in public use
and are proposed to remain in public, institutional or recreational use to be changed to the Civic
sub-district within the DWDD and Text Amendment provide for a future public access easement
for properties adjacent to the water.
Ms. Escher represented the proposed text and map amendment, including the recommendation to
include a 30' public access easement on the County Office Building property, should the
property be sold to a private developer. There were questions regarding the amount of space
between the building and the water as it exists now, and the size of the proposed easement. There
was public comment by Mr. Stanley Keyser. There was further discussion regarding the property
size, the distinction between the map amendment and text amendment, the concept of Civic
zoning as a whole, the history of Civic zoning downtown, the ability of the County to sell or
redevelop the property while zoned Civic, and other alternatives to a Civic zoning.
Mr. Rickert made a motion to approve the proposed amendments, but withdrew the motion after
further discussion. The amendments were tabled indefinitely to allow for further research and
discussion.
Further Discussion
There was further discussion regarding property maintenance, the status of Cambridge Plaza, the
status of the proposed commercial tax abatement, the renovations to the Cantor House, the Route
50 Gateway project, the Hearn Building, the report by Salisbury students to the Economic
Development Steering Committee, and a fence at 517 Academy Street.
Adjourn
Mr. Craig asked for a motion to close the meeting. Mr. Trego made a motion to adjourn, which
was seconded by Ms. Losty, and passed unanimously. The meeting ended at 7:54 pm.
Respectfully submitted,
LaSara Kinser, Planning and Zoning Assistant