AUGUST 20, 2014
Chairman Jeffrey Grotsky called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. In attendance were Commission members David Bowering, Morgan Ellis, Robert Fordi, Jane Richman and Paul Showalter, Andrew Meehan, Esquire, attorney for the Commission, Kees de Mooy, Zoning Administrator and Jennifer Mulligan, Town Clerk.
MINUTES OF PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING
Mr. Grotsky asked if there were any additions or corrections to the minutes of the meeting of July 16, 2014. Mr. Showalter moved to accept the minutes as presented, was seconded by Mr. Bowering and carried unanimously.
WASHINGTON COLLEGE – ADDITION OF LOCKER ROOMS AT CASEY SWIM CENTER
Mr. Reid Raudenbush was present for the application. He said that at the last meeting there were questions about storm water management and called Mr. Kevin Shearon of DMS & Associates to discuss how it was being handled. Mr. Shearon stated that there was no real increase to the impervious cover as most of the area involved was already a patio. He said that he was working with Soil Conservation Service trying to fit in a separate bio-retention area but there were many utilities located in this area. He said that the volume needed based on redevelopment criteria was 650 cubic feet. He said that it was agreed that the existing pond would be cleaned up and the bottom of the pond would be excavated 1½’, which would provide for 800 cubic feet of additional storage.
Mr. Showalter asked about lighting. Mr. Shearon stated that additional lighting on the building would be wall-mounted.
Mr. Grotsky asked when approvals would be received from Soil Conservation Service. Mr. Shearon stated that he was hoping for approvals from Soil Conservation Service by the end of this week. Mr. Raudenbush stated that he would like to get the project underway in September and in order to be open for the Spring semester.
Mr. Fordi moved for final approval as soon as Soil Conservation approval is granted, was seconded by Mr. Showalter and carried unanimously.
ASHLEY HERR – TACO TRUCK SITE PLAN REVIEW (TWILLEY LANE)
Ms. Ashley Herr was present for the application.
Mr. de Mooy stated that at the last Mayor and Council meeting the Council learned of the change of location to the Twilley Lane site on Cannon Street. He said that the Council gave approval for the Twilley Lane site as long as all other requirements were met, such as Health Department approvals and property owner’s agreement to use of the site. Mr. de Mooy stated that the Council approved this for a 90 day probationary period, as a test and to give time to incorporate language into the ordinance for food trucks.
Ms. Herr stated that she had a complete packet for the Commission to review at this meeting. She said she had her pre-opening inspection with the Health Department this morning and would have to complete additional work on her truck prior to her next inspection. Ms. Herr stated that she would like to open in about a week.
Mr. Showalter stated that ingress and egress was not really indicated on the plan and asked if there were any issues on site. Mr. de Mooy stated that it was pretty clear on the site where to enter and exit. He said that he met with a renter on the site and discussed ways to clean up the parking lot, which had become a storage yard.
Mr. Bowering asked where the truck would park on site. Ms. Herr stated that there was a designated spot for the truck on the plan, but the space was so large that there would not be a problem for people parking on the site.
Ms. Ellis asked if there would be any signage. Ms. Herr stated that the burro was her only signage.
Ms. Ellis moved to approve the site plan as submitted for a food truck at Twilley Lane, conditional on the food truck being approved by Kent County Health Department, was seconded by Mr. Fordi and carried unanimously.
PRELIMINARY SITE PLAN – 226 S. WATER STREET – TOWNHOUSE SUBDIVISION
Mr. Scott Liddell of Van Cleef Engineering was present for the application. He said that several months back, he presented a concept plan, which was well received by the Commission. He said that he resolved most of the site issues with the Town Manager and Zoning Administrator and was ready to move forward with approvals.
Mr. Liddell stated that Lee Ramunno was the owner of the property and was proposing to build four (4) townhouses on the site, similar to the existing townhouses adjacent to the Wilmer Park.
Mr. Liddell stated that Mr. Ramunno owned the lot to the rear of the buildings and was placing an access easement on the site to accommodate parking.
Mr. Liddell stated that a one-way road would be built to connect South Water to Queen Street and there would be a storm water pipe relocated to the roadway. He said that Mr. Ramunno would bear the cost of the storm pipe relocation and the Town would build the road if Mr. Ramunno dedicates the land to them.
Mr. Liddell stated that the houses would be constructed 10’ off ground (flood plain requirement is 7’) since they were right in the flood plain. He said that he was working with the soil conservation district on storm water management approvals.
Mr. de Mooy asked how the parking lot would be constructed. Mr. Liddell stated that the parking lot would be pervious with stone.
Mr. Liddell stated that the one-way road would be about 16’ wide.
Mr. Fordi stated that people would likely want to install a storage building and asked if there was a plan to incorporate them into the design, rather than have a mix of shed types in the yards. Mr. Liddell stated that there could be a deed restriction for a certain type of outbuilding, adding that he would discuss building the sheds if that was a concern.
Mr. de Mooy stated that the Historic District Commission would want to also see the elevations and materials, as well as streetscape photos. He said that there would have to be archaeological monitoring on the site during excavation.
Mr. de Mooy stated that rather than an easement across the back, Mr. Ramunno may want to consider a lot line adjustment, which would provide for additional parking space. Mr. Liddell said that each unit would have two (2) parking spaces. The end unit would have parking next to the house.
Mr. Showalter stated that at the last meeting there was a discussion of fencing. He said that the same style fence should be used at each house. Mr. Bowering stated that fencing and storage areas require uniformity in aesthetics. He said that this was better to address these issues at the beginning, rather than force fit it in after the houses are built. Mr. Fordi stated that it also sets the tone for the buyers from the beginning.
Mr. Showalter asked about the existing trees on site. Mr. Liddell stated that the existing trees were not in good shape and would be removed. Mr. de Mooy stated that the Tree Committee looked at the site and agreed that there were no trees worth saving on the site.
Ms. Ellis moved for preliminary site plan approval at 226 S. Water Street for four (4) townhouses, was seconded by Mr. Fordi and carried unanimously.
Mr. Kevin Miller, a resident in Chestertown, stated that he was interested in a food truck to sell barbeque in Chestertown and asked what he needed to do for approvals. He said that he was working with the Health Department on the specifications for the truck. Mr. de Mooy stated that he would meet with Mr. Miller to try to expedite his request for the food truck.
Mr. Grotsky asked if the agenda should have a public comment period added to it. Mr. Meehan stated that it was rare that people came in without an application, but he would look into whether or not it should be added to the agenda. Mr. de Mooy stated that public comment was a part of the rules of procedure as written in the Charter.
Mr. Grotsky stated that next month’s meeting began at 7:00 p.m. with the public hearing for the Comprehensive Plan.
Mr. de Mooy stated that he appeared before the Kent County Planning Commission and they were very interested in the Comprehensive Plan. He said he had an informative session with the Commission and they had good comments on the Comprehensive Plan. He said that he received comments on some things to consider incorporating into the Plan. He said that public comments would be welcome until October 3rd at 5:00 p.m.
Mr. Meehan stated that his brother has submitted a letter to the Commission and said that he would not be able to advise the Commission on any matters raised by him at the Public Hearing.
Mr. Grotsky stated that anyone who submitted comments on the Comprehensive Plan in writing held as much weight as anyone who came to the hearing in person. He said that any letters would be read into the record by the Commission.
Mr. Grotsky stated that the regular Planning Commission meeting would take place directly after the Public Hearing.
Mr. de Mooy stated that the Town has engaged in a project for a “Public Arts Master Plan” which was funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. He said that this trail through Chestertown was in draft form and included a conceptual plan for Stepne with interconnections for pedestrians and vehicular traffic. He said that in this plan Cross Street was rerouted, leaving Wilmer Park to the train station as one large green space. He said that set up possibilities for the walking trail and public art locations. Mr. de Mooy reviewed other aspects of the draft plan. He said that a playscape was planned for Wilmer Park. He said the plan was online at www.chestertown.com and public comments would be incorporated into the final plan.
Mr. de Mooy stated that the concept showed Mill Street extending to Stepne and said that he would change the Comprehensive Plan to incorporate that change.
There being no further business, Ms. Ellis moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:48 p.m., was seconded by Mr. Fordi and carried unanimously.
Submitted by: Approved by:
Jennifer Mulligan Jeffrey Grotsky