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P&Z Minutes 8-2-2016

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


The Planning and Zoning Commission for the City of Cambridge met on Tuesday,
August 2, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the City Council Chambers, 305 Gay Street, Cambridge,
Maryland.
Commissioners in Attendance: Bill Craig, Chair; Jerry Burroughs, 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 a correction to the minutes. Mr. Rickert a motion to approve the minutes as
presented. Mr. Burroughs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Regular Business:
PZ 2017~002SE Bed and Breakfast 314 Mill Street
After a brief report by staff, the application was represented by Mr. Mike Dodd, attorney for
property owner Mr. James Harwood, who was also present. Mr. Dodd explained that Mr.
Harwood's application was submitted pro-se, before he retained the services of Mr. Dodd. He
reviewed the relevant documents including the floor plan, provided additional information
regarding a Bed and Breakfast that was previously approved, and discussed the Findings of Fact
from the previous Board of Appeals decision. He also presented information on parking and
bathrooms for the use. Mr. Dodd indicated that he and Mr. Harwood were satisfied with the staff
recommendation, also asked that Mr. Harwood not be required to reapply for special exception
every year.
The Commission did not require Mr. Dodd to address each special exception criteria, but did ask
him questions about the application. The Commissioners asked questions regarding the layout
and arrangement of rooms, and the arrangement and amount of parking. Mr. Harwood also spoke
to the layout of the rooms. Mr. Dodd also spoke to the economic benefit of the use in the area.
The Commissioners also asked Mr. Harwood about his website advertising and employees.
There was public commen , in opposition to the application, by Mr. Joe Perez, of Mill Street.
Mr. Burroughs made a motion to recommend to the Board of Appeals, approval of the special
exception for four rooms, valid for two years, with the website to be updated and parking
reviewed. There was no second to the motion and it did not pass.
Ms. Losty and Ms. Nelson recused themselves from the meeting, citing conflict of interest.
Mr. Lauer made a motion to adopt the staff recommendation of six rooms, for five years, with
annual review by staff, to use Zion church for overflow parking. and to revise the website
advertising. Mr. Trego seconded the motion and it passed 3-1.
PZ 2017·003 Shoal Creek Center 630 Sunburst Highway - Fa~ade Improvements
Alan Brock. project architect, represented the application after a brief report by staff. The
commission discussed the landscaping plan, the drainage on part of the property, the property
owner, the sign program, the signage requirements, previous approvals and permits issued, and
rear landscaping.
There was no public comment on the application. After some discussion on whether or not to
defer the application, Ms. Losty made a motion to hold a second meeting in August to hear
further' nformation. Mr. Burroughs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Mr. Craig left the meeting at 7:27, pm and empowered Mr. Burroughs to preside over the
rest of the meeting.
Text Amendments:
PZ 2017· TA 1 Text Amendment to remove the lot size allocations and to allow two free
standing signs for through lots.
There was a brief discussion around clarifying the proposed language. There was no public
comment on the proposed language. Ms. Losty made a motion to recommend approval of the
text amendment to City Council. Mr. Lauer seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
PZ 2017· TA 4 Text Amendment to allow a pub and an associated micro-brewery and
distillery in the Downtown Waterfront Development District sub district, Core, General
Commercial and CMU Zone DistriCts.
The Commisison discussed some modifications to the language, as well as the process for future
microbreweries. and the ancillary nature of a pub to a microbrewery. There was no public

comment on the language. Mr. Trego made a motion to defer the text amendment to the next
meeting. Ms. Losty seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
PZ 2017- TA 5 Text Amendment to allow a marine repair shop on non-waterfront
properties in the Downtown Waterfront Development District, sub district General via a
Special Exception.
There was some discussion regarding the signage and hours of operation for this use. Mr. Dennis
Elzey commented on the application and asked questions regarding the special exception process
and the justification for the current zoning. Mr. Lauer made a motion to recommend approval of
the text amendment to City Council. Ms. Losty seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
PZ 2017- TA 6 Text Amendment to allow an auto repair shop on non-waterfront properties
in the Downtown Waterfront Development District, sub district General via a Special
Exception.
Mr. Dennis Elzey commented on the application. Ms. Losty made a motion to recommend
approval of the text amendment to City Council. Mr. Lauer seconded the motion and it passed
unanimously
PZ 2017- TA 7 Text Amendment to redefine mixed use within the Downtown Waterfront
Development District, sub district Maryland Avenue Gateway.
There was limited discussion on the proposed language, and there was no public comment. Ms.
Losty made a motion to recommend approval of the text amendment to City Council. Ms. Nelson
seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Adjourn
Mr. Burroughs asked for a motion to close the meeting. Mr. Trego made a motion to adjourn,
which was seconded and passed unanimously. The meeting ended at 8: 15 pm.
Respectfully submitted,
LaSara Kinser, Planning and Zoning Assistant