Mayor and Council Work Session, 3/26/2012
CITY OF GAITHERSBURG
MINUTES OF A CITY COUNCIL AND PLANNING COMMISSION
JOINT WORK SESSION
CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBERS
MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2012
A joint work session of the Mayor and City Council and the Planning Commission was called to order at 7:35 p.m., Mayor Katz presiding. Council Members present: Ashman, Drzyzgula, Marraffa, Sesma, and Spiegel. Planning Commissioners present: Bauer, Kaufman, Winborne, Hopkins and Lanier. Staff present: City Manager Jones, City Attorney Board, Planning Director Pruss and Community Planning Director Schwarz.
I. TOPIC OF DISCUSSION
Z-316, Application to rezone 62.83 acres of land from the R-A (Low Density Residential) Zone and the I-1 (Light Industrial) Zone to the MXD (Mixed Use Development) Zone, in accordance with § 24-196 (Map Amendments) of the City Code. The property is located southeast of Exit 11, I 270 interchange, west of the CSX railroad tracks, north of Perry Parkway, and south of Chestnut Street. The property is commonly known as the Montgomery County Fairgrounds (Parcels P700 and P616) in the City of Gaithersburg.
Following a summary of the application by Community Planning Director Schwarz, representatives of the Montgomery County Agricultural Center, Inc., Jim Clifford of Clifford, Debelius, Bonifant, Fitzpatrick & Hyatt, Chtd. and David Ager, Townscape Design, LLC, gave an overview of the proposed rezoning and Sketch Plan. Mr. Ager reviewed the changes in density and road configuration of the sketch plan and summarized the Project Description and the Design Guidelines and phasing for the project.
Following a discussion with the City Council and the Planning Commission concerning connectivity of the site, the applicant was directed to realign the McBain Avenue right-of-way through the property of the Agricultural Center as shown in the Transportation Element of the Master Plan and add an alternate route for its location as suggested by the applicant. There was also discussion concerning approving the Natural Resource Inventory/Forest Stand Delineation (NRI/FSD) as a final site plan to allow continued improvements to current structures on the property to be reviewed by the Planning Commission. The Council asked for more information on this method of approval. In response to questions, it was noted that this property is in a moratorium in relation to the adequate public facilities (APFO) for schools. However, the APFO test for school is not required to be reviewed at this level of review, but at the time of Schematic Development Plan review. Planning Director Pruss added that this property would be eligible for a waiver under the current text amendment under review.
Speakers from the public:
- Richard Arkin, 121 Selby Street
- Jay Persensky, 116 Summit Hall Road
There were no other speakers from the public.
Motion was made by Vice-Chair Kaufman, seconded by Commissioner Winborne, to hold the Planning Commission record for Z-316 open for 30 days, closing at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, 2012.
Motion was made by Council Member Sesma, seconded by Council Member Ryan, to hold the Mayor and City Council record for Z-316 open for 45 days, closing at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, 2012.
There being no further business to come before this session of the City Council, the meeting was duly adjourned at approximately 8:45 p.m.