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Planning & Zoning Meeting Minutes

April 10, 2012
The Planning and Zoning Commission for the City of Cambridge met on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at the City Council Chambers, 305 Gay Street, Cambridge, Maryland.

Commissioners in Attendance: Jerry Burroughs, Chairman; Joy Loeffler, Dorchester County Liaison; Mary Losty; William Craig, Vice Chairman; Marshall Rickert; Dwight Cromwell; Kenneth Knox, City Commissioner

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.

 

Site Plan Review

• Temporary Modification of the Approved Site Plan for the Richardson Maritime Museum

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.

 

-Sign in the PWCD

• P&Z #8 FY 11/12 Snug Harbor Antiques, 201 Maryland Avenue

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 -

Tim Crosby with Crosby and Associates, architects, 507 Court Lane, Cambridge Maryland, is representing the Delmarva Rural Laboratory (DRL). DRL has a partnership with Morgan State University; this will be their second summer here. DRL will act as a resource for the Pine Street Community to develop a community vision of Pine Street. They will end the summer working with them to develop a master plan for the preservation, restoration and transformation of Pine
Street from Washington to High Street. Chris Jakubiak will be one of the faculty members. The students will live in a house on Pine Street provided to Morgan State by the community. Mr. Crosby suggests the Staff have a subcommittee of the PC to be involved. They will have community charettes and on a weekly basis they will meet with the representatives. They are anticipating the community will elect someone from the group of stakeholders to work with the students throughout the summer. They would like to have one or two members from the PC to be part of that group throughout the summer. They will be approaching the HPC on April 19th.

Mr. Crosby thinks this is a great project. They are thankful that Morgan State thinks Cambridge is a great place to be. They would love the PC involved. He thinks they'll have 10 students.
Mr. Crosby said the City with Mr. Jakubiak and the DRL are applying for a historically underutilized business (HUB) Grant and Choice Neighborhood Grant. The Choice Neighborhood Grant encompasses all of Pine Street and beyond and is a very in-depth study of people, housing and neighborhoods. It has a potential to have an amazing outcome. The DRL and Mr. Jakubiak think this is the beginning of a 4 year process. Part of what they will be doing with the resources of Morgan State students, Mr. Jakubiak and the HUB grant is to make sure that the community has the resources available to them to be able to make this master plan happen. This is Cambridge's other main street. For 120 years this was as important to the Pine Street neighborhood as Race Street, High Street and Poplar Street are. This is an integrated neighborhood that is going to have single family housing. It is going to have residential components along with hopefully re-establishment of commercial and mixed use.

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 Delmarva Community Services (DCS) property at the corner of Rt. 16 and Chesapeake Drive is sited to be a multi-generational facility and is zoned residential. Ms. Roane said legally it would be controversial if that were resource conservation. Chesapeake Drive is going to be connected to the West End Bypass. When the site plan was approved for multi-generational and residential, a significant part of that parcel was set aside as open space because of habitat and wetlands issues. The dominant use of that after permanent development takes place is going to be consistent with resource conservation. Ms. Roane wants to make sure that as they introduce new zoning boundaries and new zones that these uses that are appropriate are still going to be there. She can get copies of the sketch plan that was looked at for that property.

Mr. Jakubiak said the other zoning category is institutional which encompasses large public institutions such as the YMCA, public schools and Eastern Shore Hospital Center. It was noted that the Waste Water Treatment Plant is institutional. Not all the parcel is grass, land and buildings; a lot of it is pond. You may think it is not developed, but in fact it is.

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.

Downtown form-based zone includes Dorchester General Hospital. Corridor mixed use is a new proposal and a new zoning district that is consistent with the Comprehensive Plan. The purpose of this district is to introduce residential and commercial development together to encourage vertical mixing of buildings so that where there is a demand for multi-family next to grocery stores and shopping, they could put commercial on ground floor. A secondary purpose is to promote the retro-fitting of antiquated shopping centers.

Ms. Roane noted she did not think the Harriet Tubman Park on Washington Street was designated as a park, but it probably should be. It is owned by the State.

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.

Respectfully submitted,


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Anne D. Roane
City Planner

Note: These minutes were approved by the Planning & Zoning Commission meeting on December 20th, 2012.