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P&Z Minutes 10-4-2016

October 4, 2016
Planning & Zoning Commission
Minutes
October 4, 2016


The Planning and Zoning Commission for the City of Cambridge met on Tuesday,
October 4, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the City Council Chambers, 305 Gay Street, Cambridge,
Maryland.
Commissioners in Attendance: Bill Craig, Chair; Marshall Rickert, Vice-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.
Minutes
September 6, 2016
Minutes were tabled until November meeting.
Text Amendments:
PZ 2017- TA 4 Text Amendment to allow a pub and an associated micro-brewery and
distillery as permitted use with conditions in the Downtown Waterfront Development
District sub district, Core, General Commercial and CMU Zone Districts.
City Staff represented the text amendment, which was held over from the September meeting.
Ms. Escher presented several proposed restrictions on the use, as directed by the Planning
Commission. The Commission pointed out that some of the proposed restrictions would make it
difficult for businesses to conform, and so the restrictions regarding the distance from residential
structures and lot size were removed. There was public comment by Tim Crosby, who suggested
that the use be permitted-by-right, and by Gage Thomas who asked for clarification on some
points.
Ms. Losty made a motion to approve the language as amended. Mr. Lauer seconded the motion
and it passed unanimously.
Discussion Items:
There were several items for discussion including:
1. Solar Farms with proposed developer(s)
Adam Thompson, a representative of Urban Grid Holdings, LLC, a utility-scale solar power
developer appeared, with Dane Bauer, a consultant, to discuss their plans to develop a utilityscale
solar project on land that was previously approved to be a housing development, on Egypt
Road in Cambridge. Mr. Bauer gave a presentation to the Commission and discussed the state
licensing process, the decommissioning plan, the provisions for a preemption of zoning by State
law, and some options for the Commission to consider moving forward. The Commission asked
questions regarding other projects that Mr. Thompson andlor Mr. Bauer have worked on, the
ownership of the property, the potential economic benefit to the City in terms of jobs and taxes,
visibility/screening, tax credits available and the benefit to local markets.
There was no public comment on the issue, and after the discussion the commission elected to
appoint a working group to meet regularly, discuss the issue, and report back to the full
Commission. The working group consists of Mr. Collison, Ms. Escher, Ms. Losty, Mr. Lauer and
Ms. Kinser.
2. American Legion Update, Tim Cosby, Architect
Tim Crosby, project architect, gave a presentation to the Commission regarding the plans for the
American Legion, which was substantially damaged by fire. Mr. Crosby discussed the state of
the building, the phase of the project, the history of the building, the existing building plans, and
the cost of and timeline for the project. The Commission asked Mr. Crosby about the funding
sources for the project, and what would happen if all of the funding was not secured. There was
no public comment on the issue.
3. Fluttering Signs discussion continued
Ms. Escher gave a presentation to the Commission highlighting the results of the recenl
campaign to remove non-conforming signs, particular y on Route 50, and the overall gateway
plan. There was further discussion regarding the Miller property, electronic billboards, and
incentivizing the removal of billboards. There was public comment by Gage Thomas, who
suggested a reasonable accommodation for business owners to allow certain signs. The
Commission directed staff to bring forward a policy regarding flags that are content neutral.
Public Hearing:
I. 2017 - TA 008 - Text Amendment regarding co tiguous non-conforming lots
Section 2.4.2
2. 2017 - TA 009 DWDD Neighborhood Sub-District Revised Lot Sizes
Section 5.1.1. C. Table 3
3. 2017 - TA 010 DWDD Neighborhood Sub-District Revised Setbacks and include the
Civic Sub-District within the General Sub-District Section 4.4.5

Given the related nature of the text amendments up for public hearing, the Commission
discussed them all at once. Staff indicated that further discussion is needed, given the complexity
of the situation. The Commission discussed taking out the NC-3 requirements, incorporating
form-based code ideas, and established a subcommittee to meet on the topic weekly or bi-weekly
and report back to the full Commission. The subcommittee consists of Ms. Escher, Mr.
Burroughs, Ms. Losty, Mr. Collison and Ms. Kinser.
There was public comment by Mr. Jim Chaney, who highlighted the ways that the proposed
amendment might affect property values, mortgages, ability to secure property insurances, and
deteriorating structures, and suggested that the private sector-local landlords, non-profit groups,
etc.-be included as the discussions move forward.
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 which passed unanimously. The meeting ended at 8:23
pm.
Respectfully submitted,
LaSara Kinser, Planning and Zoning Assistant