Board of Zoning Appeals
June 28, 2016
The Board of Zoning Appeals for the City of Cambridge met at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 in the City Council Chambers located at 305 Gay Street, Cambridge, Maryland.
Board Members in Attendance: Chair, Brian Manning, Vice-Chair, Gloria Cornish, William Clyde, Robin Sample (alternate)
Other representatives in Attendance: LaSara Kinser, Planning and Zoning Assistant
Mr. Manning opened the meeting and conducted a roll-call. There were no proposed changes to the agenda. Mr. Manning then issued a welcome, explained the order of the proceedings, and swore in those wishing to testify.
BoA #2016-004, 824 Locust St: Special Exception. Application to open a restaurant in NC-3 Zone District.
Teresa Lamar, property owner, represented the request. Ms. Lamar discussed the neighborhood and the beneficial quality of the restaurant and the current stage of restaurant development. The Board asked Ms. Lamar questions regarding the use of the second floor of the building, the square footage of the building, proposed repairs to the building and site, parking, outdoor seating, projected opening date, volume and density, and the character of previous restaurants in the area. There was a prolonged discussion regarding UDC limits on gross floor-area, and how that would affect the ability of the applicant to install outdoor seating, and whether or not outdoor seating was actually included in the application.
There was public comment in support of the application by Tammy Hickman. There was public comment by Miloud Amenzouy who spoke in favor of the application generally, but against the restaurant selling alcohol.
Mr. Clyde made a motion to approve the request as submitted. Ms. Sample seconded the motion and it passed 3-1 with Mr. Manning dissenting.
Approval of Minutes
May 24, 2016
Ms. Cornish made a motion to approve the minutes without changes. Ms. Sample seconded the motion and it passed 3-0 with Mr. Clyde abstaining for lack of attendance.
January 26, 2016
Mr. Manning made a motion to table the minutes for lack of a quorum of those who were present at the meeting. Mr. Clyde seconded the motion and it passed 4-0.
There was a discussion regarding scheduling for BoA ethics training. The training will be tentatively scheduled for 5:00 pm, August 23, 2016, ahead of the regularly scheduled BoA meeting.
Motion to adjourn
Mr. Manning asked for a motion to adjourn the meeting. Ms. Cornish made a motion to close the meeting. Mr. Clyde seconded the motion. All approved and carried. The meeting adjourned at 7:09pm.
LaSara Kinser, Planning and Zoning Assistant