A new Aberdeen technology campus, proposed for annexation and development adjacent to Battelle on Route 22, and which could bring nearly $600,000 in potential revenue to the city at full build-out, is the subject of a public hearing during Monday night’s Aberdeen City Council meeting.
The Aberdeen Technology Campus, LLC and Route 22 Properties are proposed to be annexed and developed as part of the city’s Integrated Business District and is expected to be developed as an multi-unit office park, with ancillary commercial uses, such as a bank and restaurant.
Along with new ingress and egress points on Route 22, a new water tower is likely to be constructed on Battelle property by Presbyterian Home of Maryland, Inc. with construction commencing this year.
A preliminary fiscal impact analysis, indicates “the potential revenue realized by the City at full build-out for the proposed Aberdeen Technology Campus Property is $590,200.00. The potential revenue realized by the City for the proposed residential properties included in the Petition for Annexation is $8,741.00.”
The city council will also hold a public hearing Monday night on a proposed fortune telling ordinance, which would permit fortune telling businesses within the city in certain areas and under certain circumstances.
Under the proposed ordinance, fortune telling is defined as “a person or group of persons who engage in the practice of or profess to practice the business or act of astrology, phrenology, life reading, intuitive counseling, fortune-telling, handwriting analysis, clairvoyance, crystal gazing, palmistry, numerology, reading of tarot or similar cards or use of other similar occult powers for any form of compensation.”
The ordinance would allow fortune telling businesses in the city to be approved as a Special Exception in a B-3 District, provided that the following minimum conditions are met:
A. Off-street parking is required for the business at the ratio of one (1) parking space for two hundred (200) square feet of gross floor area, plus one (1) parking space per each employee.
B. The use shall not be located closer than one thousand (1,000) feet from any school property line.
C. The use shall not be located within one thousand (1,000) feet of an existing fortune-telling establishment, church, or place of worship.
D. The Board of Appeals may impose such conditions, limitations, and restrictions as necessary to preserve harmony with adjacent uses, the purposes of this ordinance and the public health, safety, and welfare.
E. Such conditions and restrictions may include, but not limited to the following:
(1) Manner and times of operation;
Also on the agenda Monday night is a proclamation regarding the City of Aberdeen logo and a presentation on Perryman Wellfield wellhead protection. The Aberdeen City Council session begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall.
The full agenda is listed below:
COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA
Monday, January 31, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
Call to Order – Roll Call
Opening Prayer – Chaplain Orman Boyd, APG Installation Chaplain
Pledge of Allegiance – Councilwoman Landbeck
Approval of Minutes: Council Meeting, January 10, 2011
1. Recognition – Wesley V. Tout, Planning Commission
2. Proclamation – City of Aberdeen Logo
3. Perryman Wellfield; Wellhead Protection Map Amendment
Resolution No. 10-R-18, Aberdeen Technology Campus, LLC and Route 22 Properties (Lee Annexation)
Ordinance No. 11-O-01, Amendment to Development Code, Repeal Article III, Peace and Good Order, Fortune Telling
PUBLIC COMMENT: No more than five (5) minutes shall be given to any individual speaking unless the Council determines otherwise.
BUSINESS OF THE CITY:
1. Unfinished Business
2. New Business
– Committee Appointment for Heritage Trust, Barney Backus
3. Business from Director of Planning & Community Development
– Preliminary Site Plan – Cook’s Automotive, Lot 7 Hardee’s Industrial Park
4. Business from Chief of Police
5. Business from Director of Finance
– Year-to-Date Financial Activities
6. Business from Director of Public Works
– Storage Shed Contract Approval
7. Business from City Manager
BUSINESS OF COUNCIL:
1. Business from the City Council
2. Business from the Mayor
Next Council Work Session: Monday, February 7, 2011 at 4:00 p.m.
Next Council Meeting: Monday, February 14, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.