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