Planning & Zoning Meeting Minutes
April 10, 2012
Absent: Hubert Trego
Others in attendance included: Anne Roane, City Planner & Dan Brandewie, City Planner II
Chairman Jerry Burroughs called the meeting to order and asked for a moment of silence.
Ms. Roane said this project has been approved by the Planning Commission (PC) in the past. It is the Richardson Maritime Museum at the corner of Maryland Avenue and Hayward Street. The Museum wants to put in a temporary trailer for an educational program they are piloting and to construct a 24 x 55 classroom. The trailer is there until the Museum finds the funding to build the classroom. This was not part of the original approval. The Planning & Zoning (P&Z) Department sees this as a modification of the original approved plan. The P&Z has come to an agreement with the Museum. At the site meeting, Chairman Jerry Burroughs, Vice Chairman Bill Craig, and Dan Brandewie were there to look at the proposed location.
Jay Corvan, 29893 Tarbutton Mill Road, Trappe Maryland, is representing the Richardson Maritime Museum. He is on the Board of Directors. This is a modification request based on a May 2008 approval as an open shed boat display area between two buildings. It was approved as part of the original request and site plan approval. The Museum came back to the PC two months ago and requested the open shed be enclosed to allow for a new classroom facility. They appreciate Mr. Burroughs, Mr. Craig and Mr. Brandewie's involvement in coming to a good settlement on this. Three other trailers are in the process of being removed. The Museum agreed to remove them from the site; that will be done as part of this application. For the record, Mr. Burroughs said the PC and the Museum's Board of Directors visited the site and discussed their feelings. Mr. Burroughs thinks after talking to Mr. Collison and the Museum's Board, they have a workable solution. They discussed issues that could occur with the young people coming to the classroom. They discussed that one Board member is a retired probation judge for juvenile children. It was noted that the young people will be monitored closely while there.
Mr. Craig said according to the plan the Museum has already removed one trailer and the other two are intended to be removed; the PC appreciates that. He wants to see continued progress.
Mr. Corvan said they are hoping the trailer will be there between 6 months to 1 year.
Mr. Burroughs asked if there was any more discussion. There was none.
Mr. Rickert moved to approve this application subject to concerns being adequately addressed by the fire marshal and that construction trailer not be there more than 1 year.
Mr. Cromwell moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:32 p.m. Mr. Craig seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.
Ms. Roane said the applicant is proposing a wall sign in the Planned Waterfront Community District (PWCD for an antique shop at 201 Maryland Avenue. The antique shop has been successful in Packing House Antiques as a sublet situation. They are moving because their business has grown. Ms. Roane said this meets the PWCD guidelines; they recommend approval.
Janette Barto, owner of Snug Harbor Antiques, 201 Maryland Avenue, Cambridge Maryland, said she and her husband have lived in Cambridge for 17 years. Allen Dixon will be making the sign out of standard sign foam board. She hopes to be open in April or May 2012.
Mr. Craig moved to approve the sign. Ms. Loeffler seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.
Discussion on Build a Village -
Mr. Crosby said they will extend the invitation to all PC and if there are two people on an alternate basis that could participate. To facilitate the students' work they have to get the input backed from Economic Development, from the Historic Preservation Commission, City Council and PC. They appreciate their participation; it is going to be a great summer.
Chris Jakubiak introduced Shawn Brown who has joined their firm. Mr. Jakubiak said they need to review the existing zoning boundaries, the first initial cut proposing new boundaries. It is just a cut and it is for discussion purposes and he fully expects a lot of help from the maps changes and divisions. They need to review the proposed maps with City Staff in the event that some changes to the zoning have been made in past years. He wants to discuss zoning districts and their proposal. He wants to discuss the downtown, waterfront district and form-based code. They talked about how downtown could be subdivided into a number of specific form-based districts and he said they will come back with some specific standards for those districts.
Mr. Jakubiak said on the zoning map there are quite a few zoning districts. His proposal is to simplify the districts. He does not think the City needs as many districts present. He thinks the texts and charts in the zoning ordinance can adequately differentiate between what is allowed in certain areas. They do not need 7 different residential zoning districts.
In the proposed zoning their first recommendation is resource conservation zoning. It is going to be a new zone for the City. This zone has established and implemented the greenbelt to the extent that most properties are within the City. The greenbelt wraps around the City, picks up land both from in and outside of the borders of Cambridge. These areas are primarily zoned residential now R1 and they are not under development. These areas typically have not been subjects of approved development plans. They showed up on the land use map as resource conservation. The purpose of this district is it is applied to areas of the City that have natural scenic recreational and environmental open space benefits to the community.
Mr. Jakubiak said the other zoning category is residential. Residential is applied to City areas intended to be maintained as residential neighborhoods. District regulations are intended to promote and sustain healthy, stable and harmonious natural neighborhoods and where possible to bring about a pattern of street and lot layout as reflected of traditional building practices in Cambridge. One new residential zone replaces 7 existing zones. Houses may be rebuilt on existing footprints without variance change. That is a way of sustaining the character of older neighborhoods. If a house burns down and is replaced, they will not impose modern setback standards on it. It can be built exactly the way it existed prior to being removed. Single family detached housing is the preferred housing unit of choice in this area.
Mr. Jakubiak said there is one more category, maritime resort. There was discussion about it.
Mr. Rickert said he wants to put de-annexation on the table. Ms. Roane said this is an appropriate time to bring this up. Ms. Roane said she will give the PC an overview of this process before the next meeting. She will send it out in their packets prior to the meeting. The next meeting will be May 15th at 6 p.m. with the public and at 7 p.m. for the P&Z meeting.
Approval of Minutes - February 21, 2012; February 7, 2012
Mr. Cromwell moved to accept the minutes of February 21, 2012 and February 7, 2012 with no corrections. Ms. Losty seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.
It was properly moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting at 9:05 p.m.
Anne D. Roane
Note: These minutes were approved by the Planning & Zoning Commission meeting on December 20th, 2012.