***** UNAPPROVED MINUTES *****

PLANNING COMMISSION MINUTES
May 3, 2000
7:30 PM
 Jamestown Town Hall

The meeting was called to order at 7:37 p.m. and the following members
were present:
Betty Hubbard       Gary Girard
Victor Calabretta         Laura Aibel
Mary Brennan        Rob Lambert
Dennis Webster         Sue Barker

Also present:
Lisa Bryer, AICP, Town Planner
Jane Weidman, Planning Consultant
Cinthia Reppe - Recording Secretary
Crystal Fonseca - Intern
Bill Munger - Owner Conanicut Marine Services

Commissioner Schnack arrives at 7:39 p.m.

I.  Reading and Approval of Minutes from April 19, 2000

A motion was made by Commissioner Girard and seconded by Commissioner
Webster to accept the minutes with the following change, page 3 second to
the last paragraph, delete

Included to explain why we were pro development back in the 1970's and
what has changed now. 
And add after explanation of the poor economic condition of the Commercial
District in the 1970's to provide perspective. So voted:

Betty Hubbard - Aye       Gary Girard - Aye
Victor Calabretta - Aye         Laura Aibel - Abstain
Mary Brennan - Aye        Rob Lambert - Aye
Dennis Webster - Aye         Sue Barker - Aye
Michael Schnack - Aye
Motion passes by a vote of 8-0

      
II.  Correspondence

1.  CRMC -Maintenance Certification to construct repairs and improvements
to an existing (concrete) wharf.
      Located at Memorial Square Jamestown, Plat 8 Lots 171,356,355 & 595.
     Received & Acknowledged

2.  CRMC - Residential Assent - Frank Delmonico, 120 Long View Dr. West
Greenwich, RI 02817- to construct a personal watercraft (vessel/boat) lift
on the fixed pier portion of a CRMC permitted residential boating
facility, located 1 Seaside Dr. Jamestown,RI;Plat 14, Lot 21. Received &
Acknowledged 

3.  CRMC - Application to construct and maintain The rehabilitation of 3
historic buildings - Plat 10, Lot 145 -Rhode Island Department of
Environmental Management, Division of Planning & Development.
     Received & Acknowledged

4.  FYI - Notice of Public Hearing - Zoning Ordinance Amendment related
to: Businesses that use Marina Slips, Dock Space and or Moorings including
Ferries and related Parking Requirements. Received & Acknowledged

5.  FYI - Preliminary Plan Approval - Henderson/Anacko Subdivision Plan.
Received & Acknowledged

6.  FYI - Preliminary Plan Approval - Cole-Poucher-Dupee-Farrell
Subdivision Plan. Received & Acknowledged

7.  Amendment to T.I.P. - City of Warwick - Notice of Public Hearing -
Received & Acknowledged

III.  Citizen's Non Agenda Item

       Bill Munger, Owner Conanicut Marine Services presented the board
with information regarding the Taylor Point Boat Yard Parking.
      Commissioner Lambert asked Mr. Munger why he is asking for
additional parking.
      Mr. Munger stated  that this is CMS's way of alleviating the
"Downtown Parking Problems" and to provide more parking for boaters.

IV.  Reports

a.  Town Planner's Submitted Report

Lisa Bryer, Town Planner asked the board if they intended to take the
second meeting in July off.
      Commissioner Girard stated that he would prefer the first meeting
which is July 5th off.
      The board discussed taking applications at the second meeting, and
decided that would be their intention.  All in Favor - 9-0.

b.  Town Committees

c.  Sub Committees

V.  Old Business

1.  Comprehensive Plan - Update - Future Needs, Action Plan 

      Commissioner Hubbard asked the Commissioners for their Vision:
 Commissioner Girard stated that his ideas are consistent with the
community survey that was done in 1998.

1. Reaching Buildout of Waterfront.
2. Adequate supply of drinking water for public and private water supply.
3. Protect Open Space by acquiring additional land (wetlands, etc.).
4. Review Zoning Laws.
5. Putting Community Needs first.

 Commissioner Brennan stated that she wrote a vision statement for the
Comprehensive Plan for Jamestown "to provide the framework for
maintaining,  managing and preserving unique qualities that the community
has identified that makes Jamestown an attractive community for a diverse
population."

Commissioner Webster presented the board with a 2 page report that was
intended to be a vision and not specific goals and to identify those
things that are essential to preserve and maintain.

1. Preservation of Open Space
2. Encouraging Volunteerism - adds to cohesiveness of town
3. Economy - keeping Commercial area small to support residents, but also
not discourage visitors.

Commissioner Calabretta stated that he would try to interpret the citizens
input from the 1998 survey, which is consistent with the survey done in
1991 and also the Comprehensive Plan from 1979 where the main focus from
all three is preserving the Islands "rural" character.
      Basically "rural" character can be defined in three areas:

1. Natural Environment
2. Small Town Character
3. Access to the Bay

Commissioner Calabretta also said that sustainability of the bay for the
demands is very important as well as water quantity and Open Space
Preservation.
      He also said that adding additional municipal parking would solve
the seasonal parking problem in the village.

Commissioner Lambert said that the goals from the 1990 Comprehensive Plan
are consistent with the 1998 survey and to look at the goals approved by
the whole community. 

Commissioner Barker is in agreement with everything that has already been
said and that rural character to her means that accessing the environment
means you are in it not just driving by, so therefore making Greenways a
priority to the rural character, also enhancing public facilities.

Commissioner Schnack stated that he is in agreement with most of what the
other Commissioners have said.

Commissioner Aibel agrees with everything that has been said by the other
Commissioners and stated that open space preservation is very important to
her and that we should look into the research that is being done in other
places.

Commissioner Hubbard brought up Public Access to the Bay and suggested
that Melville and Quonset should maximize their access to the bay and
develop their waterfronts to their full potential.
      She would like to obtain the Economic statistics associated with
this.
      Developing Pedestrian oriented Commercial Limited District is
important and that part of Jamestown's rural character is our thinking
process.
  A discussion ensued on the Future Needs Section and changes will be
given to Crystal to be updated.
  Commissioner Hubbard stated that the timeliness of the Future Needs
Discussion needs to be checked. 

VI. New Business - nothing new at this time

  Commissioner Hubbard announced to the board that the Proposed Zoning
Ordinance Amendment hearing would be on Monday May 8th.
      A motion to adjourn at 10:38 p.m. was made by Commissioner Barker
and seconded by Commissioner Girard.  All in Favor. 

Attest:

Cinthia Reppe