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P&Z Minutes

March 7, 2017

Planning & Zoning Commission

Minutes

March 7, 2017

The Planning and Zoning Commission for the City of Cambridge met on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the City Council Chambers, 305 Gay Street, Cambridge, Maryland.

Commissioners in Attendance: Bill Craig, Chair; Hubert Trego, Mary Losty, Jerry Burroughs

Others in attendance included: Pat Escher, City Planner; LaSara Kinser, Planning and Zoning Assistant; David Cannon—Council Liaison

 

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

 

Minutes

 

January 3, 2017

Mr. Burroughs made a motion to approve the January minutes as submitted. Ms. Losty seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

February 7, 2017

Ms. Losty made a motion to approve the February minutes as submitted. Mr. Burroughs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

 

New Business:

PZ 2016-007 Cambridge Market Place – Phase 1, Preliminary Site Plan review of the site entrance and the redesign of the existing retail development. (aka Cambridge Plaza)

After a brief presentation by staff, Mr. Charlie Fairchild, property owner, represented the application. Mr. Fairchild highlighted the projected start date for phase 1 construction, anticipated changes to the occupancy and façade of the rear retail portion of the site, the plans and process of the phase 1 construction, proposed materials and colors for the paving and façade, and the entrance plans. The Commission asked Mr. Fairchild for further information regarding ADA accessibility, curb drainage, store placement, landscaping maintenance, the entrance safety island, the proposed entry fountains, the schedule for phases 1, 2 and 3, propose parking allocation, staff recommendations, and a potential turn lane on Crusader Road at the side entrance.

 

There was no public comment. Ms. Losty made a motion to approve the application contingent on staff’s comments. Mr. Burroughs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

Public Hearing:

 

TA 2017 – 020 Amend Permitted Land Use Table #1 to allow Medical Treatment Facilities in the Industrial Zone as a Permitted Use with Conditions, amend 4.2.3 B to add conditions for the Medical Treatment Facility and add a definition of a Medical Treatment Facility into Section 9.2 of the UDC OR a Rezoning and Map Amendment to rezone 821 and 829 Fieldcrest from Industrial zoning to Institutional zoning.

Staff represented the application, explaining that the current zoning At 821 and 829 Fieldcrest was most likely an oversite during the comprehensive rezoning process, and that the two properties should have always been zoned Institutional, a zoning designation that did not exist before the most code was adopted. There was public comment by Mr. Ryan Showalter, who supported the change. There was no discussion by the Commission. Mr. Trego made a motion to favorably recommend the amendment to City Council. Ms. Losty seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

TA 2017 – 016 (1) Amend Permitted Land Use Table #1 to allow for Solar Energy Systems in the Resource Conservation District, (2) amend Permitted Land Use Table #1 and Table #2 to allow small systems throughout the City (3) amend 4.2.3 A. and B to add conditions for a Solar Energy System in the UDC and (4) add definitions for Solar Energy Systems into Section 9.2 of the UDC.

Staff represented the amendment and presented language that would define and regulate small, medium, and large scale solar energy systems (SES). There was extensive discussion regarding siting and shading requirements, acreage, and how the abandonment of an SES may affect the required buffer.

 

Dane Bower, consultant to the ongoing Egypt Road solar installation project, spoke in opposition to the setback and buffer requirements as proposed which he indicated are more restrictive than the state requires.

 

Adam Thompson, developer for the ongoing Egypt Road solar installation project also spoke in opposition to the setback and buffer requirements.

 

The Commission agreed to table the issue for one month to allow the solar subcommittee to meet and review the language.

PZ 2017 – 014 Rezoning and Map Amendment to permit Solar Energy Systems within the City limits in the Resource Conservation District and rezone specific parcels to Resource Conservation

 

Staff represented the proposed amendment. The Commission asked questions regarding whether the language had been reviewed by City Attorney, Mr. Collison, and whether the vesting of properties could be reversed.

 

Mr. William Geezy provided public comment.

 

The Commission agreed to table the issue as well.

 

 

 

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 7:56 pm.

 

Respectfully submitted,

LaSara Kinser, Planning and Zoning Assistant