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P&Z Minutes

February 7, 2017
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Planning & Zoning Commission

Minutes

February 7, 2017

The Planning and Zoning Commission for the City of Cambridge met on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 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; Chantay Nelson, Hubert Trego, Mary Losty, Eugene Lauer, Jerry Burroughs

Others in attendance included: Rob Collison, City Attorney; Pat Escher, City Planner; David Cannon—Council Liaison

Mr. Craig called the meeting to order at 6:00 PM and asked for a moment of silence.

Minutes

Mr. Craig noted that the minutes for the January and February meetings would be approved at the March meeting.

Elections

Mr. Rickert made a motion to nominate Mr. Craig as Chair and Mr. Burroughs as Vice Chair. Mr. Trego seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

New Business

Public Hearing:

 

TA 2017 – 016 Amend Permitted Land Use Table #1 food trucks as a Permitted Use, with Conditions on private property.

Staff gave a brief report on the proposed amendment. Ms. Escher noted the proposed language to establish parameters for food trucks as a use in the City overall, and specific conditions for their operation in the Downtown, Core. The Commission discussed input for food truck businesses, the potential use of generators, conditions on the appearance of food trucks, the proposed fee schedule, and modifications to the proposed language. There was no public comment. Mr. Rickert made a motion to recommend the text amendment to the City Council, pending the proposed amendments. Mr. Burroughs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

TA 2017 – 020 Amend Permitted Land Use Table #1 to allow Medical Treatment Facilities in the Industrial Zone as a Permitted Use with Conditions and add a definition of a Medical Treatment Facility into Section 9.2 of the UDC.

Staff gave a brief report on the proposed amendment, including the background and context of the request. The Commission asked questions to clarify the proposed language. Mr. Ryan Showalter provided public comment on behalf of The Baptist Family, LLC, the owner of a property that would be affected by this text amendment. Mr. Showalter explained that the Baptist Family, LLC, building is specifically built as a medical treatment facility that is non-conforming under the current provisions of the UDC. Mr. Showalter indicated some concern regarding a potential for vagueness and asked for further definition to avoid further non-conformity. Ms. Escher provided more information on the limited nature of the industrial zone. Mr. Rickert suggested removing the terms for the amendment that would have to be defined. Mr. Collison suggested that Mr. Showalter provide some further information to the Commission regarding state regulatory limitations that should be considered. There was no further public comment. Mr. Rickert made a motion to table the amendment for one month. Ms. Losty seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

Discussion

Proposed amendment regarding duplexes in the Downtown, Core—Staff update

 

Staff informed the Commission about the recommendation from the Ordinance Committee to revisit the amendment and asked for guidance. Mr. Rickert made a motion to table the consideration of duplexes, and not advance the text amendment to City Council. The motion was seconded and passed 6-1 with Mr. Lauer dissenting.

 

Solar Energy Systems – Staff update

Staff reported on the activities of the solar panel subcommittee, distributed proposed language to regulate solar panels, and asked for guidance regarding the appropriate zoning considerations such as zoning district or an overlay in different parts of the City. Ms. Losty made a motion to file an intervention in the currently proposed CPCN process. Mr. Rickert seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

Adjourn

Mr. Craig asked for a motion to close the meeting. Mr. Lauer made a motion to adjourn, which was seconded and which passed unanimously. The meeting ended at 7:56 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

LaSara Kinser, Planning and Zoning Assistant