Planning Commission Meeting Minutes – October 18, 2017

PLANNING COMMISSION

OCTOBER 18, 2017

Chair Jeffery Grotsky called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. In attendance were Commission members Darrell Craig, Morgan Ellis, Rob Fordi and Paul Showalter, Kees de Mooy, Zoning Administrator, Jennifer Mulligan, Town Clerk and guests.

MINUTES OF PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

Mr. Grotsky asked if there were any additions or corrections to the minutes of the meeting of September 20, 2017. Mr. Showalter moved to approve the minutes as presented, was seconded by Mr. Craig and carried unanimously.

FINAL SITE PLAN – LAMOTTE CHEMICAL – ADDITION AND PARKING LOT

Mr. Kevin Shearon of DMS & Associates was present along with Mr. William Cording of LaMotte Chemical.

Mr. Shearon stated that at the meeting in August, preliminary approval was granted for the project. He said that site work has begun and in order to build the addition’s pad site the existing entrance road has been shifted slightly.  There will be a new parking lot created next to the existing parking lot.

Mr. Shearon stated that there was an underground electric line that Delmarva Power installed that cuts through the property. The underground line affected the plans for the bioretention area proposed at the last meeting.  Stormwater will now be handled with a Filterra unit, which has the appearance of a typical stormwater inlet with a special filter allowing the stormwater to be treated, in which a small tree can be planted.

Mr. Shearon stated that there will also be a flow-through planter against the building and a stormdrain toward the bottom of the site. Once treated, impervious surface runoff will be caught in the inlets and discharged to the step pool conveyance.

Mr. Shearon stated that there would be four (4) downspouts on the building, two (2) of which will flow directly into the flow-through planter. Stormwater will be piped underground for the other two (2).

Mr. Shearon described the landscape plan which will provide screening of the residential area backing up to the site with a total of twenty-seven (27) evergreen trees. An additional twenty-eight (28) trees will be scattered through the site, for a total of fifty-five (55) 1½” to 2” caliper new trees.  There will be low level landscaping planted throughout the site.

Mr. Shearon stated that there were three (3) low-level LED site lights for the parking lot which were notated on the plans. Mr. Showalter asked if there was lighting on the addition.  Mr. Shearon stated that if anything was on the building it would be wall-mounted with the light turned toward the ground.

Mr. Fordi asked if the deletion of the bioretention area led to a change in the amount of impervious surface. Mr. Shearon stated that the originally proposed bioretention area was a teardrop shaped area along the bottom of the site.  He said that the Filterra units have MDE approval as an ESD (Environmental Site Design) practice and was comparable to the traditional bioretention system.

Mr. Showalter asked if the Filterra units came in difference sizes. Mr. Shearon stated that the units do come in different sizes and were meant for planting small trees such as crepe myrtles.

Mr. Grotsky asked for a timeline of the project. Mr. Shearon stated that initial site preparation has already begun and the owners would like to begin building as soon as possible.

Mr. Fordi moved to approve final site plan as presented, was seconded by Mr. Showalter and carried unanimously.

There being no further business, Mr. Craig moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:55 p.m., was seconded by Mr. Showalter and carried unanimously.

Submitted by:                                                 Approved by:

Jennifer Mulligan                                            Jeffrey Grotsky

Stenographer                                                   Chair

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