Site of future Prince Frederick Chick Fil A
Site of the proposed Prince Frederick Chick Fil A. A stop work order was issued after two large trees on an adjacent property were removed.

Prince Frederick, MD – Before they can build it, the franchisees of a proposed Chick Fil A have a tree situation that needs to be resolved. The project site is located in the Prince Frederick Town Center Entry District on a 1.76-acre parcel between Route 2/4 South and Costley Way. Having received a grading permit at the July Calvert County Planning Commission meeting, the clearing of the site is well-underway. Two vacant houses on the property have been demolished and several trees removed. However, two large trees that were removed during the process were located on an adjacent parcel.

During the Calvert County Planning Commission’s Aug. 16 meeting, it was revealed by Planning Commission Member Dr. Richard Holler that a stop work order had been placed on the grading project. Department of Planning and Zoning principal planner Judy Mackall confirmed that the stop work order was issued due to the extension of grading to the parcel occupied by Ruby Tuesday restaurant. Planning Commission Administrator Carolyn Sunderland pointed out that a determination as to whether the removal of the trees was a violation has not been made.

When asked by Holler if the panel should defer action on the site plan, Planning Commission Attorney John Mattingly stated it was the commission’s discretion. Mattingly added that “we are always trying to bring everyone into compliance.”

“Obviously, we can’t put the trees back,” said Mackall.

Before a majority of the Planning Commission voted to defer action on moving the site plan forward until the issues were resolved, Dan Kelsh of Collinson, Oliff and Associates—the agent for the applicant, CG Properties—indicated a misunderstanding occurred during the clearing process.

In their recommendations to the Planning Commission, county government staff certified that the Chick Fil A plan “is consistent with the Comprehensive Plan, the Calvert County Zoning Ordinance, the Prince Frederick Master Plan and Zoning Ordinance and all other applicable state and local ordinances and regulations.”

The proposed building will be 4,795 square feet and the site will have 69 parking spaces. Additionally, there will be dual entrances. There was no indication at the Aug. 16 meeting as to when the project would be back on the agenda for any further action.

Contact Marty Madden at marty.madden@thebaynet.com