St. Mary’s County Planning Commission Meeting: April 24, 2023

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Welcome to the April 24th meeting of the St. Mary’s County Planning Commission. In this meeting, we will be discussing important developments and proposals related to the county’s future plans. The meeting will focus on two main topics: a review of a concept site plan for an auto parts store and a review of a concept site plan for a change of use of an existing building for retail sales of trailers, tractors, ATVs, and more.

Sign-Up Sheets and Recording

Before we dive into the details, please note that there are two sign-up sheets in the foyer. One is for those who wish to speak during the meeting, and the other is for attendees who would like to receive further information regarding the cases discussed. It is important to sign in on one of these sheets if you are attending the meeting. Additionally, be aware that the meeting is being recorded for public record purposes. Any comments made during the meeting will be recorded as part of the official record.

Guidelines and Conduct

During the meeting, it is crucial to follow certain guidelines and adhere to a specific code of conduct. To ensure a smooth process, the following instructions should be followed:

  1. If you wish to make a comment, please approach one of the provided microphones. Keep in mind that comments cannot be recorded unless spoken into the microphone.
  2. Please direct your comments, questions, or responses to the board only. They will direct them to the appropriate person for an answer.
  3. Keep your comments concise, aiming for a three-minute limit.
  4. If you wish to testify or ask questions during the public hearings, you will be required to take an oath.
  5. Please silence your cell phones or set them to vibrate during the meeting.

Introductions and Attendees

Now, let’s introduce the members and personnel present at the meeting. The board members include John Brown, Kim Summers, Thelma Thompson, Baneker Joe, St. Clair Evans. We are also joined by representatives from various departments, including the Department of Land Use and Growth Management, represented by Brandy, Glenn, Larry, and Jessica. The County Attorney’s Office is represented by Assistant County Attorney John Houser. We also have representatives from the Department of Public Works and Transportation, the St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission, and the Naval Air Station Patuxent River Planning Liaisons Office, among others.

Review of the April 17th Meeting Minutes

Before we proceed with the agenda, let’s review and approve the minutes from the previous meeting held on April 17th. Please take a moment to review the minutes, and if there are any corrections, kindly raise them now. If there are no corrections, I invite someone to make a motion to accept the minutes as presented. Mr. Sinclair motions, and Mr. Brown seconds the motion. All in favor, say “Aye.” The motion carries.

Presentation of Cases

Now, let’s move on to the main agenda items for tonight’s meeting. The first case up for discussion is the review of a concept site plan for an O’Reilly Auto Parts store owned by Lexington Park Owners Commercial Parcel D. LLC. The plan proposes a 7,135 square foot auto parts store. Following that, we will discuss the review of a concept site plan for the change of use of an existing 2,156 square foot building to retail sales of trailers, tractors, ATVs, and other outdoor sports equipment.


Thank you for attending tonight’s St. Mary’s County Planning Commission meeting. We appreciate your cooperation and adherence to the guidelines and code of conduct. The input provided during these meetings helps shape the future of our county, and we encourage your active participation. If you have any further questions or require additional information, please do not hesitate to reach out to the appropriate departments. We look forward to seeing you at future meetings.

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