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BOA Minutes

May 24, 2016
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Board of Zoning Appeals

Minutes

May 24, 2016

The Board of Zoning Appeals for the City of Cambridge met at 6:10 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 in the City Council Chambers located at 305 Gay Street, Cambridge, Maryland.

Board Members in Attendance: Chair, Brian Manning, Vice-Chairman, Gloria Cornish, Ted Brooks, Dormaim Green, Gloria Cornish, Robin Sample (alternate)

Other representatives in Attendance: LaSara Kinser, Planning and Zoning Assistant

Mr. Manning opened the meeting and conducted a roll-call.

Minutes:

Mr. Manning asked for a motion and second to amend the agenda. Mr. Brooks made a motion to amend the agenda. Ms. Green seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. Mr. Manning explained that Mr. Brooks is needed to have a quorum regarding the minutes, but would be recusing himself before the last case, and so the minutes needed to be moved from the end to the beginning of the agenda. After Mr. Manning explained the amendment to the agenda, Ms. Cornish made a motion to amend the agenda and it passed unanimously.

January 26, 2016

Mr. Manning recommended the minutes be tabled for corrections. Ms. Green made a motion to table the minutes until the next meeting. Ms. Cornish seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

May 28, 2015:

Ms. Green made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. Mr. Brooks seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. Ms. Sample and Ms. Cornish did not vote because they were not present at the meeting in question.

December 8, 2015

Ms. Green made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. Ms. Cornish seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

Mr. Manning explained the order of business to the audience and conducted the swearing in.

New Business:

BoA #2016-001, 600 Roslyn Ave.: Special Exception for Seasonal Activities. Application for a seasonal produce stand.

Staff gave a brief report on the application and presented the favorable recommendation and associated conditions of the Planning and Zoning Commission on the application. The application was represented by Bill Hubbard, property owner. Mr. Hubbard proposed to install a farm wagon at the rear of his property, to sell vegetables. He presented a letter from the adjacent property owner allowing for the shared use of the adjacent, gas station parking lot. He asked the Board to consider a five-year review period for the use, given the financial implications of applying to the Board of Appeals. The Planning Commission recommended a three-year review period.

The Board asked the applicant questions regarding the right to use water and facilities at the property. There was no public comment on the application. The Board also asked for clarification regarding the yearly administrative review by the City. There was further discussion regarding the requested five-year review period vs. the recommended three-year review period. Mr. Collison clarified that the Board is able to grant a review period up to five years.

Mr. Brooks made a motion to approve the application for special exception as submitted with the recommendations of the Planning Commission, except that the approval will be valid for five years instead of three. Ms. Green seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

BoA #2016-002, 200 Sunburst Hwy.: Special Exception for Seasonal Activities. Application for a seasonal produce stand.

Staff gave a brief report on the application and presented the favorable recommendation and associated conditions of the Planning and Zoning Commission on the application. The application was represented by Ms. Kristina Davis, tenant. Ms. Davis is renting the property and proposes to install a produce stand to sell vegetables.

The Board asked Ms. Davis questions regarding the amount property she is renting, whether or not she will be the sole tenant, the status of the cars for sale that are currently on the property, and the status of accessible water service at the property. There was public comment on the application by Mr. Frank Cooke. There was further discussion by the Board regarding the closing date of the produce stand, which they recommended to extend from September 30, 2016 until November 1, 2016.

Mr. Brooks made a motion to approve the application for special exception, as submitted, with the recommendations of the Planning Commission, except that the end date for the produce stand will be November 1, 2016 and that the approval is valid for five years. Ms. Green seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

BoA #2016-003, 221-223 Choptank Ave.: Special Exception for an existing a vacant Laundromat.

Mr. Brooks recused himself from the case and left the building citing a conflict of interest regarding BoA #2016-003. Staff gave a brief report on the application and presented the favorable recommendation and associated conditions of the Planning and Zoning Commission on the application. Ms. Cornish asked for clarification from staff regarding the number of rental units in the building. The application was represented by Mr. Mike Baugh, property owner, to reopen a previously existing laundromat on the property. Mr. Baugh indicated that the use is a necessary neighborhood amenity, which was previously existing and has been vacated for several years.

The Board asked Mr. Baugh questions regarding the number of machines and the typical machine use pattern/number of people that the space can accommodate. There was no public comment on the application. There was further discussion by the Board regarding the layout of the machines, parking, foot traffic, and signage.

Ms. Green made a motion to approve the application as submitted with the recommendations of the Planning Commission. Ms. Cornish seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

Motion to adjourn

Mr. Manning asked for a motion to adjourn the meeting. Ms. Green made a motion to close the meeting. Ms. Sample seconded the motion. All approved and carried. The meeting adjourned at 6:48pm.

Respectfully submitted,

LaSara Kinser, Planning and Zoning Assistant