The Planning and Zoning Commission for the City of Cambridge met on Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the City Council Chambers, 305 Gay Street, Cambridge, Maryland.
Commissioners in Attendance: Jerry Burroughs, Chairman; Hubert Trego; Mary Losty; Joy Loeffler, Dorchester County Liaison; William Craig, Vice Chairman; Dwight Cromwell; Gage Thomas, City Commissioner
Absent: Marshall Rickert.
Others in attendance included: Dan Brandewie, City Planner II; Robert S. Collison, City Attorney
Chairman Jerry Burroughs called the meeting to order and asked for a moment of silence.
P&Z 09-FY11/12-St. Mary's Refuge of Sinner's Catholic Church Cemetery-Final Site Plan Review.
At the beginning of this case, Joy Loeffler recused herself due to the fact that she is a member of the church.
Mr. Brandewie reviewed the staff report noting that the site plan showed a reduction in pavement width. Sean Callahan presented an up dated site plan to the Commission. He noted that the pavement has been installed but the decision was made to keep the pavement width at 24 feet. They believed it necessary to keep it at that width for better circulation. Mr. Callahan also noted that they do not have final designs for the pillars and columbine and that they will bring these back to the Commission once they are finalized.
Mr. Craig noted that the side walk extension from the street into the site was not shown and that it was his understanding that Commission had recommended that this be included. Mr. Callahan stated that the church's desire is not to include the sidewalk. Encouraging access to the cemetery would possibly invite vandalism. Mr. Craig suggested a possible transition to a 3 ft. width to get people out of the street. Mary Losty also stated that the goal of the Commission was to encourage a pedestrian friendly environment. Mr. Trego stated he could see both sides of the issue.
Rev. William J. Lawler stated he thought that the recommendation of the Commission was that the church should "consider" the sidewalks; he did not think it was mandatory but that he could be wrong. Rev. Lawler also noted that he believed that public access to the site is served adequately and is attractive. The Church cannot finance sidewalks at the present time. He is in the 2nd of his six year term.
Discussion followed. A question was asked if landscaping was necessary next to the school. The consensus was that this was discussed at the last meeting and it was believed not to be necessary. Mr. Brandewie suggested looking at this issue again if the cemetery were to expand in the future. Members also asked about church policies on decorations/flowers and it was concluded that the Church's cemetery rules and regulations likely address this.
Bill Craig moved to approve the final site plan with the recommendation that the Church submit final plans for the pillars, columbine and decorations with the further recommendation that the issue of the installation of sidewalks be revisited at that time of architectural review of these items. Seconded by Dwight Cromwell. Motion carried.
P&Z 02-FY12/13-Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen Restaurant, 209 Sunburst Highway
Mr. Brandewie reviewed the staff report. The Chair noted that there was no one present to speak on this topic. He asked staff if they had been contacted. Mr. Brandewie noted that he thought Ms. Roane had several conservations with the applicant's on this topic.
Mr. Burroughs recommended this item be tabled until the October 30th or 2nd Tuesday meeting of November. Mr. Craig agreed, and stated that the members have several comments and that we need input from the applicants. He had questions over the color of the building and the sign location. Mary Losty motioned to table this application to the 2nd Tuesday of November, seconded by Bill Craig. Motion carried.
Discussion - Proposed Boarding House Ordinance Language
Mr. Burroughs noted that the Commission is scheduled to meeting on October 30th for this topic.
Mary Losty asked if she could receive additional information on templates of existing license requirements related to inspection/licensing/ process. Mr. Collison said he would provide that information to Ms. Losty.
Mr. Burroughs recommended that the approval of any minutes previously circulated will be carried over to the next meeting.
Mr. Burroughs asked if a compromise on the roadway's design had been reached on the Cannery Way project. Mr. Brandewie noted that in his last conversation with Ms. Roane, she had indicated that a compromise had not been reached. It was recommended by Mr. Gage Thomas to keep it on the agenda for the 30th.
Mr. Thomas recommended that a schedule be developed for a series of public hearings on the new draft zoning ordinance; possibly two or three dates to allow for adequate public. The ordinance should be broken up into two or three parts for public comment and reviewed at those hearings. Commission members concurred with this recommendation. Mary Losty suggested that these dates be put out to the public and to consider a change in venue if needed.
Discussion followed about the moratorium on billboards that is set to expire at the end of the year. Mr. Collison noted that this may have to be extended.
Commission members asked about the status of facilities for the Department of Public Works. Staff and Mr. Thomas provided members an update on this effort.
Bill Craig moved to adjourn the meeting at approximately 7:40PM; seconded by Mary Losty. Motion carried.
Daniel L. Brandewie, AICP
City Planner II
Note: These minutes were approved by the Planning & Zoning Commission meeting on December 20th, 2012