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HPC Work Session & Meeting Minutes

March 7, 2013

Staff conducted a Citizen's Input Work Session on Thursday, March 7th, starting at 5:30PM.  The Commission met in work session at approximately 7:00PM.

Dan Brandewie, City Planner II, moderated the work session.  Several handouts including a Questionnaire, Comment Sheet, Agenda, and other documents related to the HPC process were distributed or made available to the public.  These documents included:

  • Current Rules of Procedures and By-Laws
  • Copies of the current HPC Guidelines
  • A summary of HPC related Ordinances as Adopted by City Council.
  • An excerpt of the current Zoning Ordinance that contains the HPC overlay zoning ordinance.
  • Article 66B-State Authorizing Legislation
  • A current map of the Historic District including the newly recognized Pine Street Historic District.
  • A copy of the Pine Street Nomination Report as submitted to the Secretary of Interior and Maryland Historical Trust.
  • A list of Web Site Links of other HPC Guidelines.
  • Summary excerpts of HPC Guidelines from Easton, Snow Hill and Chestertown and a sample format from a City in South Carolina.

Mr. Brandewie heard comments from approximately four persons in attendance.  He reviewed the recommendations received to date from citizens and provided a summary.  He reviewed the design guidelines from two communities as to the policies on window replacement.  There were no additional recommendations from citizens to report.

The Commission then convened a work session with Mr. Brian Roche chairing the meeting.  He began the meeting by taking roll call.


Commissioners Attending: Brian Roche, Will Dennehy, Farrel McCoy, Dormaim Bromwell Green.

Members Absent: Katie Clendaniel

Other Representatives or Staff Attending: Dan Brandewie, City Planner II.

Mr. Brandewie provided an updated of the By-Laws.  Members made additional suggestions for change. He also handed out copies of the Easton Rules of Procedures (ROP) covering demolition and economic hardship and copies of the Chestertown Historic District Guidelines on the same subject material.  Easton's ROP has separate sections addressing demolition with an economic hardship component as well as a separate stand-alone section on economic hardship.  Chestertown's model language, as contained in their design guidelines, addresses economic hardship in the context of demolition situations.  Discussion followed.  Mr. Brandewie also distributed copies of the City of Frederick's Table of Content for its recently amended design guidelines.  Because of its thoroughness, staff is recommending using this as a starting point for a redraft of the Cambridge Guidelines.  After further discussion, members expressed a desire to look at Chestertown's Guidelines as a potential starting point for the redraft of the guidelines as it is more user friendly.


Respectfully submitted,

Daniel L. Brandewie

City Planner II

Note:  These minutes were approved at the meeting of the Historic Preservation Commission meeting on August 15
th, 2013.