BPC Meeting Minutes April 10, 2018

Town of Brookeville
Planning Commission Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
7:30 PM

Planning Commission Members:
Present: Harper Pryor, Garrett Anderson, and Miche Booz
Absent: Chris Scanlon, Stefan Syski
Quorum present? Yes
Town Resident Present: none
Others Present: Tim and Julie Hussman

Proceedings: Meeting called to order at 7:30 p.m. by Chair, Harper Pryor

Minutes: The March 6, 2018 meeting minutes were approved

Permit Approvals: none

Other Business:
Inn at Brookeville: Harper Pryor reached out to Commissioner Sue Daley to contact the Inn at Brookeville for a status update on their project. There was a discussion about the on-going work on the Inn’s property and the conservations easements. Garrett Anderson tried to reach out to the Inn’s owner with no return phone call.

Comprehensive Plan:
The Maryland Certified Local Government (CLG) grant application: Sandy Heiler relayed the Town’s request for the HPC to apply for this grant on behalf of the Town. Rebeccah Ballo, Supervisor of the Historic Preservation Office, felt there was insufficient time to gather all the required information needed to apply for the grant. Harper Pryor reached out to Nell Zeihl, MHT, to research a new approach to employ a planning expert to help structure the post-ByPass era in the Comprehensive Plan update.

Preliminary Consultants: 15 High Street; Miche Booz recused himself; he is the architect for this project. The current zoning for this property is Historic Village Commercial, which allows limited uses of the building with no mention of a market / café. The new owners of 15 High Street, Tim and Julie Hussman, discussed their plans for the property and protentional uses of the building. The building will take a few months to clean out. The Hussman’s are relocating from California, and any use of the building will be after they settle in Maryland. They envision a community-oriented, walkable business that integrates into the community. They want the community to support them and do not want to start any conflict over the potential use of the building. They would like to hear from the community about what type of business they would like to see in the building. The BPC shared some concerns about traffic in / out of the property, parking, and trash & recycle service if used as a café. The Hussman’s will write up a proposed use of the building for the BPC to consider as early as the September BPC meeting.

Chris Scanlon drafted a Historic Use Permit for the Town. There was a discussion about the signs at 1 High Street. When the new owner purchased the building, the use changed and the Town did not ask them to fill out a Historic Use Permit.

There was a discussion about if a text amendment to the zoning was needed for 15 High or if the zoning ordinances would need to be updated.

The next BPC meeting is Tuesday, May 1st at 7:30pm.

Meeting adjourned at 8:55pm.
Cate McDonald, Town Clerk

BPC Meeting Minutes March 6, 2018

Town of Brookeville
Planning Commission Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
7:30 PM

Planning Commission Members:
Present: Harper Pryor, Chris Scanlon, Stefan Syski, Garrett Anderson, Miche Booz
Absent: None
Quorum: Yes

Additional Attendees:
Town Residents: None
Others: None

Proceedings
Call to Order: Meeting opened by Chair, Harper Pryor.

Minutes: 2/6/2018 meeting minutes approved.

Permit Approvals: None

Preliminary Consultations: 15 High Street.
Tim and Julie Hussman are investigating opportunity to purchase the property with the intent to create a small, family run café/market (without a commercial kitchen) that serves coffee, tea, baked goods and potentially offer yoga and/or art classes. Their operational timeframe of interest is post-bypass.

The property resides within Historical Village Commercial (HVC). This zoning allows for “Restricted Historic Retail” – without specific mention of a café/market. All properties in the HVC must obtain a Historic Use permit from the Planning Commission for any change in use.

Chris Scanlon to draft Historic Use permit. As architect for this project, Miche Booz is recused from BPC deliberation.

Comprehensive Plan:
•Schedule: Need deliverable and schedule guidance from Brookeville Commissioners – requested 1/18/2018. Sue Daley to provide update after discussion with Brookeville town attorney.

•Maryland Certified Local Government (CLG) grant application: Pursuant to Nell Zeihl’s suggestion at 2/6/2018 BPC meeting, BPC is advancing CLG grant opportunity in support of the Brookeville Master Plan. President of the Commissioners, Sue Daley, agreed the town would provide necessary matching funds if awarded. At BPC request, Sandy Heiler developed and submitted required information to the Preservation Office (PO) to meet the 3/9/2018 grant application deadline. The PO is researching the job posting process for evaluation with the grant schedule.

Meeting adjourned at 9:12p.m.
Cate McDonald, Town Clerk

BPC Meeting Minutes February 6, 2018

Town of Brookeville
Planning Commission Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
7:30 PM

Planning Commission Members:
Present: Harper Pryor, Chris Scanlon, and Stefan Syski
Absent: Garrett Anderson and Miche Booz
Quorum present? Yes
Town Resident Present: none
Others Present: Nell Ziehl, Chief, MHT Office of Planning, Education, and Outreach

Proceedings: Meeting called to order at 7:42 p.m. by Chair, Harper Pryor

Minutes: the January 9 meeting minutes were approved

Preliminary Consultants: 1 High Street. The Town was contacted by a potential buyer of 1 High Street who would like to open a French bistro. The proposed plan would be for 15 tables with a max of 50 diners and would be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Current zoning on Brookeville would not allow a bistro. After a review of current zoning, a bistro would fall outside the acceptable use as a bistro would not be low activity, low traffic, and the site has inadequate parking.

Permit Approvals: none

Comprehensive Plan
Nell Ziehl addressed the BPC about her position at MHT, which involves local government assistance. She is usually invited by the HPC to give advice to local governments. Ms. Ziehl reached out to Sandy Heiler to understand the relationship between the HPC and BPC. A suggestion was made for the Town to adopt design guidelines. Ms. Ziehl obtained a draft version of the Town’s history report being compiled by SHA’s Historian as mitigation for ByPass project. The history report has very detailed information about the streetscape design for the Town and suggested the report could be used to comply design guidelines.
•Maryland’s Certified Local Governments program: the HPC is a partner with MHT for this program. Ms. Ziehl suggested that the BPC partner with the HPC to apply for a grant for streetscape planning and assistance with Comprehensive Plan update. The application for this grant program should be released next week and will be due 3 weeks after the release date. The help of Sandy Heiler will be sough as the grant writer.
•Maryland Association of Historic District Commissions (MAHDC) can be used as a resource to find a historic planner to assist with the Comprehensive Plan update.
•There was a discussion about the MHT mission and how it is organized.

Brookeville Radio Tower
Harper Pryor gave a recap of the meeting she attended last week for a new radio tower on Bordly Drive at Georgia Ave.

Meeting adjourned at 9:15p.m.
Cate McDonald, Town Clerk