C. GOALS/POLICIES/IMPLEMENTATION ACTION PLAN

Natural and Cultural Resources Action Plan

WATER RESOURCES

Goal #1: Have clean Marine, Freshwater and Groundwater Resources.

Goal #2: Preserve and Protect unique, fragile, and scenic coastal areas.

Goal #3: Protect public accessibility to the shoreline.

Coastal Resources:

Policy #1: Encourage acquisition of unique, fragile and scenic coastal areas.

Policy #2: Encourage land management that provides opportunities for public waterfront access.

Policy #3: Protect water quality in salt marshes and coastal waters of Jamestown.

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Coastal Resources

 

Policy #1:

Encourage acquisition of unique, fragile and scenic coastal areas

 

  1. Continue to update the Jamestown Recreation, Conservation and Open Space Plan every five years to include a priority list for shoreline acquisition and protection.
  2. Actively seek outside funding for shoreline acquisition and protection.
  3. Continue to aggressively purchase unique, fragile and scenic coastal areas.

 

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Conservation Commission,

Recreation Department,

Planning Commission,

CRMC

 

 

Conservation Commission,

Planning Commission

 

Town Council

Tax Records,

Town Mapping

 

 

 

 

 

 

RI Dept. of Env. Mgmt., Town Planner, Conanicut Island Land Trust

Conservation Comm.

Town Planner

 

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Coastal Resources (con’t.)

 

 

 

 

Policy #1 (con’t)

Encourage acquisition of unique, fragile and scenic coastal areas

 

 

 

Policy # 2:

Encourage land management that provides opportunities for public waterfront access.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Policy #3:

Protect water quality in salt marshes and coastal waters of Jamestown

 

d. Annually recommend funding to the Town Council at the Financial Town Meeting for acquisition and protection of specific shoreline properties.

 

a. Implement recom-mendations and periodically review the Parking Committee’s "Report on Public Shore- line Access and Right-of-Ways in Jamestown"

b. Maintain a current R.O.W. inventory.

 

c. Actively seek outside funding for enhancement of selected right-of-ways.

d. Create requirements for easements to waterfront in subdivisions where appropriate.

a. Identify and work to

reduce point and

nonpoint pollution

sources through

elimination of Town

sources and education of

private landowners.

 

 

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Water Resources Protection Committee

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parking Committee

 

 

 

 

 

 

Planning Department

 

 

Recreation Department

 

Planning Commission

 

 

 

Conservation Commission,

Town Administrators,

Water & Sewer Commission

 

Conservation Commission

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rec. Department,

Cons. Commission,

Harbor Commission, Planning Commission Tax Assessor, 1999 Shoreline Access Plan

 

CRMC, 1999 Shoreline Access Report

Plan. Dept.,

Harbor Mgmt. Comm.

 

Subdivision Regulations

 

 

CRMC,

RIDEM,

Wastewater Management Plan

Freshwater Resources:

Policy #1: Protect the quality and quantity of the Islands’ fresh water resources.

Policy #2: Prevent and protect against filling, dredging, construction or removal of vegetation within wetlands.

Policy #3: Maintain and improve the quality of Jamestown’s public and private water supplies

Policy #4: Protect the quantity of Jamestown’s freshwater resources within the public drinking water watershed and private well areas.

Policy #5: Immediately act to manage, protect and restore groundwater resources in dense rural areas.

Time Frame in Years

Initiation

Policy

Action

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Responsibility

Resources

Fresh-

Water Resources

Policy #1:

Protect the quality of the Islands’ fresh water resources.

  1. Encourage the safe utilization of herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers for land use practices in accordance with RIGL 23-25, and the recommendations of the Eastern RI Conservation District.
  2. Consider amending the Zoning Ordinance to include the Conservation Commission in the Watershed Development Review process.

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Town Administrator, Conservation Commission

 

 

 

 

 

 

Town Council

Eastern RI Con-servation District,

CILT,

RIDEM,

CRMC

 

 

 

 

Planning Comm., Planning Dept., Cons. Comm.

 

Policy #2:

Prevent and protect against filling, dredging, construction or removal of vegetation within wetlands.

  1. Strictly enforce the 150 foot setback of ISDS from wetlands.
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  3. Work with the State of RI, CILT and others to identify significant wetlands and appropriate protection methods.

 

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Zoning Board,

Conservation Comm.,

Building Official

Town Administrator

Conservation Comm.

RIDEM

 

 

 

National Wetland Inventory Maps, RIGIS Mapping

Fresh-water resources

(con't)

 

Policy #3

Maintain and improve the quality of Jamestown’s public and private water supplies.

 

 

  1. Continue to aggressively purchase all vacant properties within the Center Island Watershed.
  1. Continue to update the Emergency Response Plan contained in the Water Supply Mgmt Plan.
  2. Continue to identify potential point and non-point pollution sources.
  3. Reduce pollution on public land and educate private landowners of possible sources of pollution.
  4. Continue to detect leaks and groundwater intrusion in public sewer pipes.
  5. Implement the recommendations of Ann Veeger’s 1997 University of Rhode Island study.
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Town Council,

Water Resources

Protection Committee

 

 

 

Public Works

 

 

 

 

Public Works

 

 

Public Works

 

 

 

 

Public Works

 

 

 

Town Council

 

 

 

CILT,

Jamestown Recreation, Conservation and Open Space Plan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dept. of Trans.

 

 

Public Works Equipment

 

 

 

Town Consultant

 

 

 

Planning Dept, Town Administrator

 

 

Fresh-water resources

(con't)

 

Policy #3 (con’t)

Maintain and improve the quality of Jamestown’s public and private water supplies.

 

 

  • Conduct studies modeling the Veeger study and adopt an Ordinance that requires retrofitting of cesspools.
  • h. Review for amendment Section 308 of the Jamestown Zoning Ordinance to protect development from impacting groundwater resources and other natural resources.

     

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    Town Council

     

     

     

     

    Town Council

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Town Consultant

     

     

     

     

    Planning Dept. and Commission, Conservation Comm

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Policy #4

    Protect the quantity of Jamestown’s freshwater resources within the public drinking water watershed and private well areas.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    1. Continue to enforce the 1999 Water Conser-vation Regulations adopted by B of W & S Commission and develop stricter penalties for violation and excessive high use rates.
    2. Investigate options to expand the quantity of public drinking water supply system: e.g. desalination, South Pond, increased storage and off island sources.
    3. Develop monitoring program that measures effect of pumping Town wells on surrounding wells in the vicinity.

     

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    Town Administrator

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Town Administrator,

    Public Works

     

     

    Town Solicitor

    Public Works

    Building Official

     

     

     

     

     

    Town Administrator,

    Public Works Dept.,

    CRMC,

    RI Water Resources Board

     

     

    Groundwater Consultant

     

     

     

    Fresh-water resources

    (con't)

    Policy #4 (con’t)

    Protect the quantity of Jamestown’s freshwater resources within the public drinking water watershed and private well areas.

    1. Investigate a reporting and information dissemination system that detects low water levels and salt water intrusion problems in private wells and recommend conservation measures.

     

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    Public Works

    Town Consultant

    Policy # 5

    Immediately act to manage, protect and restore groundwater resources in dense rural areas.

    1. Immediately adopt a Wastewater Management Plan for unsewered areas and investigate other methods to prevent groundwater and surface water contamination.

    a1. Require immediate retrofitting of cesspools in the Wastewater Manage-ment Ordinance.

    a2. Continue community environmental education including information on Individual Sewage Disposal Systems (ISDS)

     

     

     

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    Planning Department,

    Town Council

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Planning Department,

    Town Council

     

     

     

    Conservation Commission,

    Planning Department, Town Council

     

     

     

    1994 Draft Ordinance (not adopted),

    Other Town Ordinances

     

     

     

    RIDEM,

    Town Consultants

     

     

     

    University of Rhode Island Cooperative Extension

     

     

    Wildlife and Vegetation:

    Goal: Protect natural vegetation and wildlife habitat wherever possible throughout Town.

    Policy #1: Properly manage areas designated as significant habitats.

    Policy #2: Discourage development of any area that has been identified as a significant habitat

    Policy #3: Give appropriate consideration to the protection of natural vegetation and habitat during all phases of

    development planning, review, and construction.

     

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    Policy

    Action

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    Resources

    Wildlife &

    Vegetation

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Policy #1

    Properly manage areas designated as significant habitats.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    1. Prepare, apply and enforce Management Plans for all areas identified as significant habitats. Periodically re-evaluate the existing Management Plans for areas of habitat diversity and update as appropriate with assistance from the State Natural Heritage Program
    2. Establish contacts with appropriate federal, state, and non-profit agencies that have responsibility for habitat management in Jamestown and coordinate management plans with these agencies.

     

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    Conservation Commission

     

    Planning Commission, Recreation Dept.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Recreation Dept.


    Wildlife &

    Vegetation

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    Policy #2

    Discourage development of any area that has been identified as a significant habitat

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Policy #3

    Give appropriate consideration to the protection of natural vegetation and habitat during all phases of development planning, review, and construction

    1. Continue to pursue acquisition or protection of properties that are significant in their ability to support diversified species or provide habitats for endangered species.
    2. Coordinate acquisition proposals with the State’s Natural Heritage Program.

     

    1. Develop an inventory of sensitive or valuable vegetation and wildlife habitats as a guide for property owners in the development of individual lots.
    2. Utilize this guide in review and development of projects.

     

     

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    Conservation Commission,

    Conanicut Island Land Trust

     

     

     

     

    Conservation Commission

     

     

     

    Conservation Commission

     

     

     

     

     

    Building Official, Planning Commission

    Water Resources Protection Commission

    Town Budget

    RIDEM

    CILT

     

     

    Planning Dept., Town Administrator

     

     

     

    RIDEM

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Subdivision Regulations

     

    Cultural and Historical Resources:

    Goal #1: To protect and preserve all significant historical and cultural resources.

    Goal #2: To protect the rural and historical village character of Jamestown.

    Policy #1: Preserve and restore historic sites of Jamestown.

    Policy #2: Preserve and protect historic documents from further deterioration.

    Policy #3: Preserve scenic views and corridors on the Island.

    Policy #4: Consider the establishment of historic districts in Jamestown as recommended by the Rhode Island

    Historic Preservation and Heritage Commission.

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    Resources


    Cultural &

    Historic

    Resources

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Policy #1

    Preserve and restore historic sites of Jamestown.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    1. Actively seek grants and ways to find more sources of money for the Historic Preservation of Jamestown.
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    3. Coordinate with adjacent towns to preserve the Bays’ military history.
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    5. Investigate a permit to allow assessment when historic feature or building is slated for removal.

    d. Continue to focus on Narragansett Avenue streetscape to protect Jamestown’s village character.

     

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    Planning Dept.

     

     

     

    Jamestown Planning Commission

     

     

     

    Planning Department

     

     

     

     

    RI Historical Preservation Commission (RIHPC), Jamestown

    Historical Society

    RI HPC, Narr. Indian Tribe,

    Jamestown Historical Society

    RI HPC, Jamestown

    Historical Society

     

     

     

    Town Council, Planning Commission, Local Businesses, Chamber of Commerce

     

    Policy #2

    Preserve and protect historic documents from further deterioration.

     

    1. Provide ample climate controlled record storage space for Town as well as Historical Society historic records of Town.

     

     

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    Town Consultant, Architect, Jamestown Historical Society

     

     

    Policy #3

    Preserve scenic views and corridors on the island.

     

    a. Investigate methods of controlling vegetation growth that will impact scenic views.

     

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    Town Administrator,

    Public Works

     

     

     

    RIDEM, RIDOT

     

     

     

     


    Cultural &

    Historic

    Resources (con’t)

    Policy #4

    Consider the establishment of historic districts in Jamestown as recommended by the Rhode Island Historic Preservation and Heritage Commission.

     

    1. Determine during next Community Survey if public support for historic districts has grown.
    2. If support warrants, investigate feasibility and public support for creation of Historic Districts.

     

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    Planning Department

     

     

     

     

    Planning Commission

    Town Council, Planning Commission,

     

     

    Town Council, Planning Dept., Local Businesses,

    Chamber of Commerce

     

     

     

    Open Space, Agriculture and Recreation Action Plan

    Conservation and Open Space:

    Goal #1: Preserve significant conservation and open space on the Island.

    Goal #2: Develop a comprehensive Land Acquisition Action Plan to raise funds through bonding and grants to acquire and/ or protect a substantial portion of the remaining undeveloped land in Jamestown for the preservation of water and coastal resources, access to the shore, scenic vistas and open space.

    Goal #3: Increase public awareness on the importance of conservation of open space.

    Policy #1: Investigate growth management alternatives that allow adequate time to acquire a significant amount of open space.

    Policy #2: Promote creative strategies for land conservation.

    Policy #3: Support community educational programs with focus on open space conservation

    Policy #4: Use Land Preservation efforts to protect valuable natural resources.

    Policy #5: Manage publicly owned open space areas to preserve their integrity.

    Policy #6: Identify undeveloped land that should be publicly acquired or protected from development.

     

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    Policy

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    Resources

    Conserva-tion. and Open Space

     

     

     

     

     

     


    Conserva-tion and Open Space (con’t.)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Policy #1

    Investigate growth management alternatives that allow adequate time to acquire a significant amount of open space.

    Policy #1 (con’t)

    Investigate growth management alternatives that allow adequate time to acquire a significant amount of open space.

     

    Policy #2

    Promote creative strategies for land conservation.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Policy #2 (con’t)

    Promote creative strategies for land conservation.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    1. Research growth management methods that other towns have used.
    2. Determine an acceptable sustainable rate of growth for Jamestown
    3. Investigate one or more growth management methods.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    a. Continue to work with public and private land conservation organi-zations to preserve sig-nificant open space on the Island.

    a1. Identify open space areas to support watershed protection, farmland preservation and groundwater recharge area protection.

    a2. Create a priority list of significant open space parcels for acquisition.

    a3. Pursue strategies and sources of funding for open space conservation.

     

     

     

     

    a4. Determine the wil-lingness of taxpayers to float bonds to pro-vide matching funds for land acquisition

    a5. Actively encourage private property owners to donate land for conservation purposes.

    a6. Actively encourage acquisition of conser-vation easements, or development rights.

    b. Create an Island greenway trail system linking significant natural areas and open space.

    b1. Prepare a detailed greenway feasibility study and implentation plan.

    b2. Review all develop-ment proposals and encourage land to be designated as part of the Island greenway system.

     

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    Planning Department

     

     

    Planning Department

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Conservation Commission,

     

     

     

    Conservation Commission,

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Conservation Commission

     

     

    Planning Department

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Town Council

     

     

     

     

     

    Conservation Commission

     

     

     

    Conservation Commission

     

     

    Conservation Commission

     

     

    Conservation Commission

     

     

    Planning Commission

     

     

    Conservation Commission,

     

     

    Planning Commission

     

     

    Planning Comm.., Town Council, Other Communities, Statewide Planning

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Planning Department

    Conanicut Island Land Trust

     

     

    Recreation Conservation and Open Space Plan,

    Conanicut Island Land Trust, Water Resource Protection Committee

     

     

     

    Recreation, Conservation and Open Space Plan

     

    Conservation Comm., DEM, Private Foundations, Land Transfer Tax, General Funds, Bonding,

    CILT, Grant Writing

     

     

    Public Hearings, Financial Town Meeting

     

     

     

     

    Public Education,

    CI Land Trust

     

     

     

    Conanicut Island Land Trust, Town Council, public education, bonding

    Planning Department,

    GIS, Greenways Committee, Conservation Comm.

    Planning Department, Greenways Committee

     

     

    Subdivision Regulations

     

     

    Conserva-tion and Open Space (con’t)

     

    Policy #3

    Support community educational programs with focus on open space conservation

    1. Encourage continued educational lectures and field trips to open space areas on the Island.

     

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    Conservation Commission

     

     

    Conanicut Island Land Trust, Save the Bay

     

     

     

     

    Policy #4

    Use Land Preservation efforts to protect valuable natural resources.

     

    1. Focus land preservation efforts on the public drinking water supply watershed, farmland and managing density in the Jamestown Shores area.

     

     

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    Water Resources Protection Committee

    Town Administrator,

    Planning Department, Town Budget, Planning Department

    Policy #5

    Manage publicly owned open space areas to preserve their integrity

     

     

     

    a. Develop management plans for all public open space areas that focus on the protection of the Specific features that make them valuable.

     

    b. Establish a system and means whereby management plans are carried out.

     

    c. Cooperate with the CILT’s Stewardship Program. Seek third party enforcement of Conservation Easements

     

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    Town Administrator

     

     

     

     

    Conservation Commission

    DEM Guidelines, Existing manage-ment plans, Recreation Dept., Planning Dept., Town Administrator, Water Resource Protection Committee

    Recreation Dept., Planning Dept., Conservation Comm., Water Resources Protection Committee

    RIDEM, CRMC

    Conserva-tion and Open Space (con’t)

     

     

    Policy #6

    Identify undeveloped land that should be publicly acquired or protected from development.

     

     

    1. Identify potential parcels for permanent protection.
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    3. Establish percent and cost of land that owners will be willing to sell., sources of funds, and savings from not having to expand infrastructure for development
    4. Implement (protect land) when funding sources are available

     

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    Conservation Commission

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Conservation Commission

     

     

     

     

     

    Town Council

    DEM Guidelines,

    Planning Commission,

    Buildout Analysis,

    GIS, Water Resources Protection Committee, Conanicut Island Land Trust, Planning Dept.

     

    Conanicut Island Land Trust, , Planning Department, Recreation Conservation and Open Space Plan

     

     

    Town Administrator, Planning Department

    Agriculture:

    Goal: To protect and where possible increase the current acreage of working farmland.

    Policy #1: Maintain farming as a viable economic enterprise on Conanicut Island through long-term preservation

    of farmland

    Policy #2: Support Aquaculture in and around Jamestown while minimizing detrimental impacts of such operations.

     

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    Policy

    Action

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    Responsibility

    Resources

    Agriculture

    Policy #1

    Maintain farming as a viable economic enterprise on Conanicut Island through long-term preservation of farmland.

    a. Actively pursue acquisition of development rights or fee simple acquisition for all farmland.

    1. Investigate tax incen-tives at the local level for maintaining land in farming, specifically in the Farm Forest and Open Space program.
    2. Actively encourage participation in FFOS Act by contacting appropriate landowners with information.

     

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    Conservation Commission

     

     

     

    Town Council

     

     

     

     

     

    Conservation Commission

     

    Planning Department, RIDEM, CILT, Water Resources Protection Committee, Town Council

    Other Communities

    Tax Assessor,

    Planning Department,

    Planning Commission

     

     

    State, Jamestown Press

     

    Agriculture (con’t)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Policy #2

    Support Aquaculture in and around Jamestown while minimizing detrimental impacts of such operations.

    1. Investigate benefits and landside impacts of aquaculture on the Island’s resources.
    2. Establish a policy to support aquaculture in and around Jamestown while minimizing landside impacts.
    3. Amend Zoning Ordinance to address landside impacts of both land and water based aquaculture.

     

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    Conservation Commission

     

     

    Town Council

     

     

     

     

    Town Council

     

     

    Planning Commission, CRMC, URI, Harbor Management Comm.

    Planning Comm.,

    Harbor Management Commission

     

     

    Planning Commission Conservation Commission

    Recreation:

    Goal #1: Provide all residents with safe and accessible passive and active recreational opportunities.

    Policy #1: Maintain public participation in community recreational programs at the current high rates.

    Policy #2: Improve and expand, where necessary, indoor and outdoor recreational facilities

    Policy #3: Promote a coordinated system of bike routes linking residential areas to recreational, scenic and cultural

    areas.

    Policy #4: Expand available passive and active recreation facilities to accommodate the growing population on the

    Island.

    Policy #5: Implement additional improvements to the Town owned park at Fort Getty.

     

     

    Time Frame in Years

    Initiation

    Policy

    Action

    1 2 3 4 5 â

    Responsibility

    Resources

    Recreation

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Recreation

    (con’t)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Recreation

    (con’t)

     

     

     

    Policy #1

    Maintain public participation in community recreational programs at the current high rates

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    1. Continue to respond to trends in public recreation
    2.  

       

       

       

       

    3. Network with neighboring communities to identify trends
    4.  

       

    5. Work with local community groups to accommodate public need

     

     

     

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    Recreation Department

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Recreation Department

     

     

     

     

    Recreation Department

     

    RI Recreation and Parks Association and Local Communities

    Task Forces, Comm-unity Theatre, CI Art Association, Rotary Club

     

    RI Recreation and Parks Association and Local Communities Task Forces

     

    Planning Department

     

     

     

     

     

    Policy #2

    Improve and expand, where necessary, indoor and outdoor recreational facilities

     

     

    1. Identify and prioritize additional facilities for active and passive recreation. Specifically active sites on the north-end and indoor space throughout the island.
    2. Maintain and improve recreation facilities at the Rec Center (Tennis courts, ball field) implementing a phased development program.

     

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    Recreation Department

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Recreation Department

    Conservation Commission

     

     

     

     

     

    Town Administrator, Town Engineer

     

    Policy #3

    Promote a coordinated system of bicycle routes linking residential areas to recreational, scenic and cultural areas.

     

    1. Form an ad-hoc bikeways committee to develop a plan for a system of bicycle and pedestrian routes throughout the island as well as educate the public on bikeway issues.
    2. Work with the RIDOT and Town DPW to include bicycle lanes as part of State and Town road upgrades, and as part of subdivision proposals.
    3. Where appropriate, require the construction of pedestrian and bicycle paths in new subdivisions linking population bases as well as the village area.

     

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    »»»»»»»»»»»» Ongoing

     

    Town Council

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Planning Department

     

     

     

     

     

    Planning Commission

    Recreation Department Planning Department Planning Commission Conservation Comm

     

     

     

     

    Recreation Department, RIDOT,

    Jamestown Subdivision Regulations, Planning Commission

     

    Recreation Department, Conservation Commission

     

     

     

    Policy #4

    Expand available passive and active recreational facilities to accommodate the growing population on the Island.

     

    1. Review property for potential active and passive recreation opportunities.
    1. Review and preserve public access to water to accommodate growing demands for active and passive recreational water activities.

     

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    Recreation Department

     

     

     

    Planning Department

     

     

     

     

    Conservation Commission, Recreation, Conservation and Open Space Plan

    Parking Committee’s

    report on Right of Ways, Recreation Department

     

     

    Policy #5

    Implement additional improvements to the Town owned park at Fort Getty

    1. Provide for increased resident use of Fort Getty Park in compliance with Fort Getty Master Plan.

     

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    Recreation Department

     

    Ft. Getty Master Plan,

    Harbor Management Commission

    Economic Development Action Plan

     

    Goal: To achieve a diverse local economy which provides job opportunities as well as basic goods and services for residents and maintains an affordable tax base.

    Policy #1: Continue to direct commercial development into existing commercial zones.

    Policy #2: Direct tourism to areas with appropriate facilities where impacts to local residents will be kept at an acceptable level.

    Policy #3: Utilize the economic potential of the commercial zones’ historic architectural elements and proximity to the waterfront to sustain the local economy in balance with other competing interests.

    Policy #4: Ensure that new or expanded development within the commercial zones is compatible with existing character of the community.

    Policy #5: Participate in State and Regional Planning to monitor and influence the effect, on Jamestown and its residents, of changes in surrounding communities and activities within the environment including Narragansett Bay.

    Time Frame in Years

    Initiation

    Policy

    Action

    1 2 3 4 5 â

    Responsibility

    Resources

    Economic

    Develop-ment

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


    Policy #1

    Continue to direct commercial development into existing commercial zones

    1. Review and amend the Zoning Ordinance for permitted uses in non-commercial zones and the conditions for granting special use permits and variances to prevent commercialization of these zones.
    2. Monitor customary home occupations so the trend towards home-based businesses can be accommodated without commercializing residential zones.

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    Planning Commission

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Building Official

    Town Council, Planning Department, Building Official, Zoning Board

     

     

     

     

     

    Chamber of Commerce, Planning Department, Planning Comm.

    Economic

    Develop-ment

    (con't)

     

     

     

     

    Policy #1 (con't)

    Continue to direct commercial development into existing commercial zones

     

    1. Work with the Chamber of Commerce to attract desired businesses to commercial zones.

     

     

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    Planning Commission

     

     

     

    Planning Dept.

     

     

     

    Policy #2

    Direct tourism to areas with appropriate facilities where impacts to local residents will be kept at an acceptable level.

     

     

     

     

     

    1. Develop informational guides for visitors depicting locations of parks, public open spaces, historical sites, public parking facilities, restrooms, shops and restaurants.
    2. Provide informational signage on main roads.
    3. Continue effort to encourage transient boaters to visit and spend time on the island.
    4. Work with the state to help provide services and facilities at high use recreational areas.
    5. Discuss feasibility of utilizing Community Bulletin Board Downtown

     

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    Recreation Department

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Town Administrator

     

    Harbor Management Commission

     

     

    Recreation Dept.

     

     

     

    Town Council

     

     

     

    Planning Comm.,

    Chamber of Comm., Harbor Commission,

    RIDOT

     

     

     

     

    Chamber of Comm.,

    Planning Comm.

    Chamber of Commerce, Planning Department

     

    Town Council, Conservation Commission

     

    Town Clerk,, Recreation Dept., Chamber of Commerce

     

    Economic

    Develop-ment

    (con’t)

     

     

     

    Policy #3.

    Utilize the economic potential of the commercial zones’ historic architectural elements and proximity to the waterfront to sustain the local economy in balance with other competing interests.

     

     

     

    1. Improve general appearance of commercial zones by upgrading public facilities such as signage, parking, streetscape improvements, public restrooms and waterfront amenities.
    2. Ensure that the number of moorings, slips, both private and commercial, are supported by adequate landside facilities.
    3. Develop comprehensive development and management plans for East and West Ferry with special attention to maintenance of the working waterfront and resolution of user conflicts therein (e.g. boaters, fisherman, pedestrians).
    4. Retain all existing visual and physical access to the waterfront in and adjacent to commercial districts and improve access where possible.

     

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    Planning Dept.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Harbor Commission

     

     

     

     

     

    Planning Commission

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Town Council

     

     

     

     

    Town Council, Planning Comm., Public Works, Tree Committee, Chamber of Commerce, Harbor Commission

     

     

    Town Council, Planning Comm., Chamber of Commerce, Parking Committee

     

    Harbor Commission, Planning Dept., Recreation Department

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Harbor Commission, Planning Dept.,

    Planning Comm., Conservation Comm

    Zoning Board

     

    Economic

    Develop-ment

    (con’t)

    Policy #3 (con't)

    Utilize the economic potential of the commercial zones’ historic architectural elements and proximity to the waterfront to sustain the local economy in balance with other competing interests.

     

     

     

     

  • Use Development Plan Review, variance and special use permit provisions of the ordinance to retain the architectural character of commercial zones.
  • Investigate methods for maintaining the comm-ercial fishing industry in the community.
  • Continue to address parking needs of the village.
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    Planning Commission

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Harbor Commission

     

     

     

    Parking Committee

     

     

    Planning Dept., Chamber of Commerce, Historical Society, Zoning Board

     

     

    Commercial Fishing Industry, Planning Commission and Department

    Harbor Mgmt, Planning Dept. and Comm.

     

     

    Policy #4

    Ensure that new or expanded development within the commercial zones is compatible with existing character of the community.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    1. Advise the Town Council on Economic Development issues by holding semi-annual workshops to discuss issues with the Chamber of Commerce and interested citizens.
    2. Review and amend zoning ordinance to ensure permitted uses, requirements, etc. are compatible with community character and will foster desired results.

     

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    Planning Commission

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Town Council

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Town Council, Chamber of Comm., Planning Department

     

     

     

     

    Planning Commission and Dept., Building Official

     

     

     

     

    Economic

    Develop-ment (con't)

     

     

    Policy #4 (con’t)

    Ensure that new or expanded development within the commercial zones is compatible with existing character of the community.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Develop plan to encourage improvements to existing buildings that increase their compatibility with community
  • Investigate and evaluate cooperative efforts between town government and businesses to solve local problems.
  • Be alert to changes in technology that require updating Zoning Ordinance.
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    Planning Commission

     

     

     

     

     

    Town Council

     

     

     

     

     

    Planning Commission

     

     

     

    Town Consultant for Downtown Improvements, Planning Dept.

     

     

    Chamber of Comm.

    Planning Commission and Department

     

     

    Planning Dept., Town Council

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Economic

    Develop-ment (con't)

     

    Policy #5

    Participate in State and Regional Planning to monitor and influence the effect, on Jamestown and its residents, of changes in surrounding communities and activities within the environment including Narragansett Bay.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Policy #5 (con’t)

    Participate in State and Regional Planning to monitor and influence the effect, on Jamestown and its residents, of changes in surrounding communities and activities within the environment including Narragansett Bay.

     

     

    1. Continue to monitor and participate in the planning for development of Quonset Davisville Port and Commerce Park.
    2. Work with Economic Development Corporation and Governor’s Office to monitor progress of development that would affect Jamestown.
    3.  

       

       

    4. Monitor Naval Station Newport Restoration Advisory Board re: Gould Island Changes
    5.  

       

    6. Encourage a Narragansett Bay Master Plan which establishes a vision for compatibility of the many and varied uses of the Bay.
    7.  

    8. Seek opportunities to participate in other state and regional planning issues.

     

     

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    Quonset Davisville Liaison Committee

     

     

     

     

     

    Town Administrator

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Town Administrator

     

     

     

     

     

    Town Council

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Planning Department

    Planning Comm. and Department, Town Administrator, Town Council

     

     

     

    Planning Commission, Conservation Comm., Harbor Commission

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Planning Commission, Conservation Comm., Harbor Commission

     

    Harbor Comm., Planning Commission and Department, RIDEM, RICRMC, Town Administrator, Save the Bay, URI

     

    Planning Commission, Town Council

     

     

     

     

    Circulation Action Plan

    Goal : To provide safe and efficient local circulation patterns that accommodate existing and future population growth.

    Policy #1: Promote a coordinated system of bicycle routes linking residential areas to recreation, scenic and

    cultural areas.

    Policy #2: Improve roads to provide an acceptable level of service at a reasonable cost to the taxpayer.

    Policy #3: Ensure citizen representation and participation in federal, state and local road improvements projects.

    Policy #4: Provide an acceptable level of service for parking in the village commercial area.

    Time Frame in Years

    Initiation

    Policy

    Action

    1 2 3 4 5 â

    Responsibility

    Resources

    Circula-

    tion

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Policy #1

    Promote a coordinated system of bicycle routes linking residential areas to recreation, scenic and cultural areas.

     

    1. Work with the RIDOT and Town DPW to include bicycle lanes as part of State and Town road upgrades, and as part of subdivision proposals.
    2. Form an ad-hoc bikeways committee to develop a plan for a system of bicycle and pedestrian routes throughout the island.
    3. Where appropriate, require the construction of pedestrian and bicycle paths in new subdivisions linking population bases as well as the village area.

     

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    »»»»»»»»»»»» Ongoing

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Planning Commission

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Town Council

     

     

     

     

     

    Planning Commission

     

     

     

     

     

    Recreation Department RIDOT,

    Jamestown Subdivision Regulations

     

     

     

    Recreation Department Planning Department Planning Commission Conservation Comm.

     

     

    Recreation Department

    Conservation Commission

     

    Circula-

    tion

    (con't)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Policy #2

    Improve roads to provide an acceptable level of service at a reasonable cost to the taxpayer.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    1. Plan a five-year road and drainage improvement program at current funding level using the Pavement Management Program.
    2. Annually update the Pavement Management Program to establish priorities for road improvements.
    3. Prepare an Island wide Road Class Plan defining circulation needs and functions of each link within the network.
    4. Prepare an improvement program based on priorities set by the PWD including existing and future utilization of roads.
    5. Investigate the use of innovative solutions for island transportation issues and problems (e.g. traffic calming).
    6. Review Section 312 of the Zoning Ordinance for amendment to include street lighting.

     

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    »»»»»»»»»»»» Ongoing

     

     

     

     

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    Public Works Department

     

     

     

     

    Public Works Department

     

     

     

    Public Works Department

     

     

     

    Public Works Department

     

     

     

     

    Planning Commission

     

     

     

     

     

    Town Council

    Capital Budget, Town Administrator, Town Council

     

     

     

    Town Council, Town Administrator

     

     

     

    Police Department, Planning Commission

     

     

    Police Department, Planning Commission

     

     

     

    Public Works Dept., Police Department, Planning Department

     

     

    Planning Comm., Zoning Board, Building Official

     

    Circula-

    tion

    (con't)

     

     

    Policy #3

    Ensure citizen representation and participation in Feder-al, State and local road improvement projects.

     

     

    1. Establish communication at the earliest stage of road design and continue coordination throughout the construction process.

     

     

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    Town Administrator

     

     

    Town Council, Public Works Director

     

     

    Policy #4

    Provide an acceptable level of service for parking in the village commercial area.

     

    1. The Town should purchase or negotiate to lease at least one parcel for parking in the commercial downtown area within close proximity to retail area.
    2. Amend Zoning Ordinance to include parking standards for all types of commercial businesses.
    3. Amend Zoning Ordinance to ensure commercial parking is located within commercial zones.

     

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    Town Council

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Town Council

     

     

     

     

    Town Council

     

    Town Administrator, Parking Committee, Planning Commission, Tax Maps, Assessor

     

     

    Planning Commission, Parking Committee

     

     

    Planning Commission, Parking Committee

     

    Circula-

    tion

    (con't)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Policy #4 (con’t)

    Provide an acceptable level of service for parking in the village commercial area.

     

    d. The Planning Commission should work with the Harbor Management Com-mission to determine the parking responsibility for the Town and the Business Community.

    1. Conduct comprehensive downtown parking study that addresses current and future needs include-ing private lot usage.

     

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    Planning Commission

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Planning Commission

    Chamber of Commerce, Parking Committee, Harbor Management Commission

     

     

     

    Town Consultant

     

    Housing Action Plan

    Goal #1 : Maintain Jamestown as a diversified community that provides housing opportunities for all people regardless of age, income, ethnic origin, or ability.

    Goal #2: Recognize the delicate balance between maintaining the communities island character and the responsibility of providing housing opportunities for all income groups.

    Policy #1: Take an active role in facilitating the development of affordable housing and incorporate such housing in both existing and new developments.

    Policy #2: Maintain the community’s existing housing stock by encouraging residents to utilize available funding for rehabilitation.

    Policy #3: Encourage the development of affordable housing that is sensitive to the protection of the community’s natural resources, the existing neighborhood character and has appropriate public services.

     

    Time Frame in Years

    Initiation

    Policy

    Action

    1 2 3 4 5 â

    Responsibility

    Resources

    Housing

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Policy #1

    Take an active role in facilitating the development of affordable housing and incorporate such housing in both existing and new development.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    1. Investigate the feasibility of coordinating open space preservation with Affordable Housing.
    2. Review Zoning Ordinance to facilitate Affordable Housing.
    3. Investigate all properties acquired through tax sale for potential Affordable Housing.
    4. Where feasible, develop infill lots in the downtown for Affordable Housing.

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    Affordable Housing Committee

     

     

    Planning Commission

     

     

    Affordable Housing Committee

     

     

    Affordable Housing Committee

     

    Martha’s Vineyard Program, Water Resources Prot’n. Comm, Conservation Commission

    Affordable Housing Committee, Town Council

    Tax Assessor, Church Community Housing Corp., Town Council

     

    Church Community Housing Corp.

     

     

    Housing

    (con't)

     

    Policy #1 (con't)

    Take an active role in facilitating the development of affordable housing and incorporate such housing in both existing and new development.

     

  • Investigate feasibility of creating impact fee on building permits to be used for affordable housing.
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    Affordable Housing Committee

     

     

    Planning Department, Town Council

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Policy # 2

    Maintain the community’s existing housing stock by encouraging residents to utilize available funding for rehabilitation.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    1. Continue utilization of an Area Housing Office and Planning Department for the administration of low and moderate income housing programs.
    2. Continue Town programs for low interest home repair loans for low and moderate income families as well as non-owner occupied units utilizing Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding and RI Housing.

     

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    Planning Department

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Planning Department

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Church Community Housing Corp., RI Housing

     

     

     

     

    Church Community Housing Corp., Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), RI Housing

     

     

     


    Housing

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    Policy # 2 (con't)

    Maintain the community’s existing housing stock by encouraging residents to utilize available funding for rehabilitation.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Policy #3

    Encourage the development of affordable housing that is sensitive to the protection of the community’s natural resources, the existing neighborhood character and has appropriate public service.

  • Continue utilization of State or Federal housing funds for a Housing Trust Fund to create or retain affordable housing. Focus on single family housing for first time homebuyers.
  • Maintain current stock of federally assisted housing; Bayside Terrace Apartments, Pemberton Apartments, and seek opportunities to increase stock.
  • Establish a policy to eliminate fees for public service connection where units remain affordable for low and moderate-income families in perpetuity.
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    1. Investigate the feasibility of accessory apartments as a method of providing Affordable Housing for immediate family needs.
    2. Continue to utilize CDBG funding for housing programs such as rehab, down payment assistance or lead abatement.

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    Planning Department

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Affordable Housing Committee

     

     

     

     

     

    Town Council

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Planning Commission

     

     

     

     

    Planning Department

     

    Affordable Housing Committee, Church Community Housing Corp.

     

     

     

     

    Jamestown Housing Authority, Church Community Housing Corp., CDBG

     

     

     

    Public Works Dept., Planning Department

     

     

     

     

     

    Affordable Housing Committee, Town Council

     

     

    Church Community Housing Corp., Affordable Housing Committee

    Public Services And Facilities Action Plan

    Goal #1 : Provide a high quality of public services to the community that protect the health, safety, and welfare of all residents.

    Goal #2: Provide orderly and efficient arrangement of public services and facilities that support the existing and future needs of the community.

    Policy #1: Site, design, build, maintain, and operate public facilities to be compatible, as far as possible, with the character of the neighborhood in which they are located.

    Policy #2: Ensure the cost of public services remains reasonable and is distributed equitably to users of those services and facilities.

    Policy #3: Increase the quantity and improve the quality of the Town’s existing public drinking water supply.

    Policy #4: Manage growth to ensure there are adequate public services and facilities to accommodate Jamestown’s growing population.

     

     

    Time Frame in Years

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    Public Services & Facilities

     

     

    Policy #1

    Site, design, build, maintain, and operate public facilities to be compatible, as far as possible, with the character of the neighborhood in which they are located.

     

    1. Design and build a consolidated municipal facility to house all departments currently located in Town Hall, Planning Office and Town Offices.
    2. Design and build a new highway garage meeting the current and future needs of the community.

     

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    Town Council

     

     

    Finance Department and other Municipal Departments and Boards, Financial Town Meeting, Town Buildings and Facilities Committee (TBF Comm.)

    Public Works Dept., TBF Comm., Town Administrator

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    Public Services & Facilities

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    Policy #1 (con’t)

    Site, design, build, maintain, and operate public facilities to be compatible, as far as possible, with the character of the neighborhood in which they are located.

     

  • Conduct a needs analysis for future indoor recreation.
  • Provide adequate funding to ensure proper building and facility maintenance.
  • Develop standards for exterior lighting.
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    Recreation Department

     

     

    Town Administrator

     

     

     

    Planning Commission

     

     

    Town Administrator

     

     

    Town Council, Annual Budget, Financial Town Meeting

    Town Admin., Public Works

     

     

    Policy #2

    Ensure the cost of public services remains reasonable and is distributed equitably to users of those services and facilities

     

    1. When researching alternative public water supply growth strategies, cost effectiveness for users should be priority.
    2. Lobby the State and Federal Government to increase aid to local municipalities for use in School Department.

     

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    Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners

     

     

     

    Town Council

     

     

     

     

    Public Works Dept., Town Administrator,

     

     

     

    School Committee

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Public Services & Facilities

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    Policy #3

    Increase the quantity and improve the quality of the Town’s existing public drinking water supply.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    1. Investigate options to expand the quantity of and improve the quality of the public water to the existing public water supply system such as:
    1. desalinization;
    2. permanent pipeline off Island; and,
    3. further utilization of South Pond.
    1. Implement one or more options to expand the quantity of drinking water to the existing public water supply system.

     

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    Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners

    Water Study Committee, Consultant Reports

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Town Administrator, Public Works Dept.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Policy #4

    Manage growth to ensure there are adequate public services and facilities to accommodate Jamestown’s growing population.

    1. Investigate one or more growth management methods.
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    3. Assess the need for new Town services such as brush chipping, hazardous waste days, spring/fall-cleaning trash pick up, etc.

     

     

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    Planning Department

     

     

     

    Town Administrator

    Planning Comm., Town Council, Other Communities, Statewide Planning

    Planning Dept., Public Works Dept., Town Survey