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P&Z Minutes 11-5-2015

November 5, 2015
Planning & Zoning Commission
Minutes
November 5, 2015


The Planning and Zoning Commission for the City of Cambridge met on Thursday, November 5,
2015 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, Chantay Nelson, Hubert Trego and Eugene Lauer
Others in attendance included: Frank Cooke, City Council Liaison; Rob Collison, City
Attorney; Pat Escher, City Planner; LaSara Kinser, Planning and Zoning Assistant;
Mr. Craig started the meeting with greetings and a moment of silence. Ms. Escher gave a brief
presentation of a report to the state for 2014. There was one grammatical correction to the
document. Mr. Rickert moved to approve the report with the change as noted, Ms. Nelson
seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously.
Minutes
Minutes from the P&Z meeting of October 6, 2015. Motion to approve minutes by Mr. Rickert,
second by Mr. Lauer. All approved and carried.
Discussion Items:
Ms. Escher presented the topic of Home Daycares for discussion. She explained that an
ordinance had just been passed which would require property owners to reside at the residence
where a home daycare is being operated and that this presents an unfair impediment to people
who rent their homes. This was made apparent when Ms. Danielle Dickerson, who rents her
home, applied to open a home daycare. Ms. Dickerson was present at the meeting. Ms. Melissa
Slacum, 103 High Street, presented testimony on the topic. Mr. Collison asked for clarification
as to the intent of the original ordinance. Mr. Frank Cooke testified to that effect. Further
discussion occurred on the possibility of the home daycare license holder, as opposed to the
property owner, meeting the residency requirement, and the timeline of the application. Ms.
Nelson asked a couple of questions of Ms. Dickerson and Mr. Trego also spoke. Mr. Craig
directed staff to prepare a text amendment for a public hearing that would modify the residency
requirement to allow home daycares where the license holder is the primary resident.
Mr. Rickert asked to modify the agenda, to allow the yacht maintenance application to come
before the text amendments.
New Business

P & Z 2016 - 004 Yacht Maintenance - Request to Approve the Continuation of Yacht
Maintenance at its current location.
Mr. Richard DeTar represented the application on behalf of Mr. George Robinson. Mr. Collison
further explained the reason for the application. Further discussion included the size of the site,
ongoing negotiations with the City, the requirement for a redevelopment plan, the potential for
future uses and business at the site, the definition of maritime retail, and the master planning
process. Mr. Robinson also participated in the discussion, highlighting the importance of the
boatyard to the City and his intentions for the future of the business. Mr. Rickert made a motion,
which Ms. Losty seconded, to accept the proposal as a maritime use and to send the proposal to
the state, stipulating that the proposal should not to exceed two acres in the area, with expedited
approval. Mr. Collison clarified that the final decision would be made after receiving comment
from the state. The motion passed unanimously.
Discussion Items Continued
Lot Coverage and allowance for small sheds
Ms. Escher presented to the Planning Commission the topic of lots which are too small to allow
for sheds to be built that meet the requirements for impervious surface coverage, and which do
not have garages. Ms. Escher proposed a text amendment that would allow for such lots to
accommodate a shed of a defined size, regardless of the amount of impervious surface coverage.
Further discussion included the context of the proposal, questions regarding the restrictions the
text amendment would address, the building permit requirements, and critical area requirements.
The Commission agreed that staff should present a text amendment at the next meeting.
Unfinished Business
P&Z TA #6 Text amendment adding land use definitions to Article 9
There was no discussion or public comment, Mr. Lauer made a motion recommend the text
amendment to City Council for action, Ms. Losty seconded the motion, which passed
unanimously.
P&Z TA #7 Text amendment to Land Use Tables #1 and #2, Technical Corrections and
coordination with the Code's text.
There was no public comment. There was some discussion on the document headers, and making
sure that the abbreviations match consistently. Ms. Losty made a motion to recommend the text
amendment with some minor changes, to City Council for action. Mr. Lauer seconded the
motion and it passed unanimously.
P&Z TA #8 Text Amendment to Land Use Tables #1 and #2, Adding land uses and
allocation uses to different Zone Districts.
There was no public comment. The same changes from TA #7 were applied to TA #8. Ms. Losty
made a motion to recommend the text amendment with some minor changes, to City Council for
action. Mr. Trego seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
P&Z TA #9 Text Amendment to Section 6.3.2 Adding Residential and Institutional parking
standards and clarifying Section 6.3.3, Modification to Parking Requirements.
There was no public comment or discussion. Mr. Trego made a motion to recommend the text
amendment, to City Council for action. Ms. Nelson seconded the motion and it passed
unanimously.

P&Z TA #10 Text amendments to Section 4.2.3 Adding Warehouse Mediaum and
femporary or Seasonal Activities or Development.
There was no discussion or public comment. Mr. Lauer made a motion to recommend the text
amendment, to City Council for action. Mr. Trego seconded the motion, which passed
unanimously.
P&Z TA #11 Text Amendment to land use definitions (Article #9) and the land use tables
to include medical cannabis.
There was no public comment. There was discussion concerning some changes to the header,
and to the text. Ms. Losty made a motion to recommend the text amendment with some minor
changes, to City Council for action. Ms. Nelson seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
There was some further general discussion on the topic.
There was discussion on the schedule for upcoming text amendments, meetings of the City
Council, and local current events.
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 7:37 pm.
Respectfully submitted,
LaSara Kinser, Planning and Zoning Assistant