SYKESVILLE — The Planning and Zoning Commission elected Dennis Karr chairman and Michael Willinger vice chairman at Monday night's meeting.
Former chairman Jonathan Herman called for the election after informing the commission that, as a member of the Town Council, he no longer could be chairman.
Karr was on the commission for a partial term in the mid-1980s. He was reappointed by Mayor Lloyd R. Helt Jr. in August. Willinger wasappointed in September.
The two men have been active for some time with various town issues, Helt said, adding he was pleased with their selection to office.
Both votes were unanimous. Other commission members are Bruce Fernalld, Paul Sabatiuk, Anita Huddleston and Vincent DeGiovanni.
The commission reviewed several ongoing projects at the meeting, including revised site plans for the Jamaka Heights development.
Developer Benjamin Grubbs wants to build two duplexes on the Oklahoma Avenue property, but the commission was dissatisfied with the original parking situation there.
Plans had called for eight parking spaces just off Oklahoma Avenue, but cars would have had to back onto the road. The commission said that backing onto the roadwas dangerous and asked Grubbs to redesign the parking area.
The new plan calls for a two-way entrance-exit, which has been approved by the town engineer, Robert Bond.
"It's a big improvement. It's not as dangerous as before," Herman said.
The commission then heard from Daniel R. Staley, engineer for the Boulder Hill Estates development, who explained his plans to replace the standard storm water management pond with a new and experimental infiltration field to providebetter water quality and storage.
The Boulder Hill project calls for 18 single-family homes on a 10-acre site on Oklahoma Avenue behind Norwood Avenue.
"The new system filters the water by running it through a perforated pipe wrapped in filter cloth buried in a trench,then filled with gravel," Staley said, adding that his company, DRS & Associates land design consultants of Westminster, has installed similar systems in projects in the city and Hampstead.
The new system is expected to require less maintenance than the pond and provide better control of water flow.
The commission approved a 24-month extension on the project to give the developer, John Serra, time to make the changes in his plans.
A final item on the agenda was a request from resident Larry Bodine, who is seeking a permit to build a newgarage on Conaway Avenue.
Bodine owns property on Conaway that includes an old garage that he has permits to renovate. He told the commission Monday he wants another permit to build a three-bay garage with upstairs storage area, to be used as a warehouse, next to the existing garage.
"I can't give that to you without site plans," Town Manager James L. Schumacher told Bodine. "And we're going to have to go to the Board of Zoning Appeals for a variance for a front-yard setback before approving the site plans."
Commission members decided to defer action on the matter until they visited the site.