PLANNING COMMISSION MINUTES
July 19, 2000
7:30 PM
 Jamestown Town Hall

The meeting was called to order at 7:38 p.m. and the following members
were present:
Gary Girard         Victor Calabretta
Laura Aibel         Mary Brennan
Dennis Webster      Michael Schnack

Also present:
Cinthia Reppe -Recording Secretary
Crystal Fonseca - Planning Intern
John Murphy - Attorney
David Malkin - Owner, Bluestone Inc.
George Gifford - Landscape Architect, The Gifford Design Group
William Piva 
Clayton Carlisle

I.  Reading and Approval of Minutes from June 21, 2000
A motion was made by Commissioner Calabretta and seconded by Commissioner
Brennan to accept the minutes as written.  So voted:

Gary Girard - Aye         Victor Calabretta - Aye
Laura Aibel - Aye         Mary Brennan - Aye
Dennis Webster - Aye      Michael Schnack - Aye
Motion passes by a vote of 6-0

II.  Correspondence

1.  CRMC - David Pritchard,Authorization for Experimental Aquaculture, Fox
Hill Pond, Fort Getty dock, Jamestown, RI. Received & Acknowledged

2.  CRMC - James Botelho, Authorization for Experimental Aquaculture,
Dutch Harbor, West Passage of Narragansett Bay. Received & Acknowledged

3.  CRMC - Finding of No Significant Impact - Evelyn Pennine, P.O. Box
8138, Cranston, RI 02920, to replace existing deck located at 29 Seaside
Dr. Jamestown, Plat 14,Lot 15. Received & Acknowledged

4.  CRMC - Assent - RI DEM/Planning and Development, Robert Sutten, Chief,
to rehabilitate three historic buildings, to be utilized as a RIDEM
Aquatic Resource Center to include installation of a new public parking
area, new utilities, new intake and discharge for seawater tanks, new
stormwater drainage and landscaping: located at plat 10, lot 36; 51 Fort
Wetherill Rd, Jamestown RI. Received & Acknowledged

5.  CRMC - Assent - Edward F. Burke, 10 Reservoir Ave, Wayland, MA 01778,
to construct a residential boating facility consisting of a 4' wide x 15'
long bluff walkover structure, 4' wide x 164' long fixed timber pier and
3' wide x 26' long ramp leading to a 150+/- square foot float.
      The proposed facility extends 131'(+/-) beyond MLW thereby requiring
a 81' variance.
     A float lift is proposed to minimize shading impacts upon Submerged
Aquatic Vegetation (SAV), located at 30 Collins Terrace, Jamestown, Plat
2,Lot 94. Received & Acknowledged

6.  CRMC - Residential Assent - James Cardi, 1181 North Main Rd.,
Jamestown, RI.
     02835, to construct a 12 x 25' shed with attached 12' x 25' awning.
      The shed shall be located fifty feet landward of the coastal
feature; located at plat 3, lot 562; 1181 North Main Rd. Jamestown, RI.
02835. Received & Acknowledged

7.  CRMC - Assent - John Yashar, 76 Highland Ave, Jamestown, RI 02835, to
conduct buffer zone management by mowing the entire buffer zone
bi-annually; located at 76 Highland Dr. Jamestown, RI, Plat 9, Lot 792.
Received & Acknowledged

8.  Letter form Clayton Carlisle representing The Friends of Jamestown
Skaters. Received & Acknowledged

9.  FYI- Invitation to the Second Open Government Summit. Received &
Acknowledged

10.  FYI - Letter to David Swain Re: Preliminary Plan Approval. Received &
Acknowledged

11.  FYI - Letter to Philip & Norma Willis Re: Preliminary Plan
Subdivision. Received & Acknowledged

12.  FYI - Letter to Philip & Norma Willis Re: Fees in Lieu of Land
Dedication. Received & Acknowledged

13.  FYI - Notice of Public Hearing - Statewide Planning Program. Received
& Acknowledged

14.  FYI - Notice of Public Hearing - TIP. Received & Acknowledged

15.  FYI - Notice of Public Hearing - Water Resources Project Priority
List. Received & Acknowledged

III.  Citizen's Non Agenda Item

      Commissioner Girard asked for any citizens non agenda items at which
time Mr. Clayton Carlisle representing the Friends of Jamestown Skaters
came forward to answer a few logistics questions regarding his letter
under correspondence.
      This issue may be put on the agenda for the meeting on August 2,
2000 for discussion since the Town Council referred the matter to the
Planning Commission.
 
IV.  Reports

a.  Town Planner's Submitted Report - nothing at this time

b.  Town Committees

Commissioner Girard stated that the Parking Committee will reconvene for
their first meeting on July 26, 2000 at 7:00 p.m.

c.  Sub Committees - nothing at this time

V.  New Business - nothing at this time

VI.  Old Business

1.  Highland Meadow - Request for change in Approved Plan Re: Sidewalk
John Murphy, Attorney representing Bluestone Inc. owner of Highland Meadow
introduced David Malkin, owner of Bluestone Inc. and George Gifford,
Landscape Architect, The Gifford Design Group, at which time Mr. Gifford
informed the board of a mistake that was made regarding the centerline of
the paved road being off-set of the centerline of the right-of-way in
front of lots 2 & 3 that has left insufficient room for the construction
of a sidewalk.
     He presented the two options that they have with the first one being
what they would like: Installing more elaborate plantings consisting of at
least 15 additional shade trees and shrubs and eliminating the sidewalk.

Commissioner Barker arrives at 7:50 p.m.  

The second option would be to re-plat the road.
     The majority of the board agreed that the original approval with
sidewalks should stand.

A motion was made by Commissioner Webster and seconded by Commissioner
Barker to have Bluestone Construction re-plat the subdivision and put the
sidewalk in.
     A discussion ensued with Commissioner Calabretta stating that the
board should not be instructing the developer to re-plat the subdivision
but that all the board should be saying is that they still want the
sidewalk.  So voted:

Gary Girard - Nay         Victor Calabretta - Nay
Laura Aibel - Abstain        Mary Brennan - Aye
Dennis Webster - Aye         Sue Barker - Aye
Michael Schnack - Nay
                 Motion fails by a vote of 3-3, 1 Abstention

A motion was made by Commissioner Calabretta and seconded by Commissioner
Schnack to instruct Bluestone Inc. that the Planning Commission still
desires the sidewalk as it was approved. Commissioner Girard informed the
board that Commissioner Calabrettas motion will require a second motion.
      So voted:

Gary Girard - Aye         Victor Calabretta - Aye
Laura Aibel - Abstain        Mary Brennan - Aye
Dennis Webster - Aye         Sue Barker - Aye
Michael Schnack - Aye
                 Motion passes by a vote of 6-0, 1 Abstention

A motion was made by Commissioner Calabretta and seconded by Commissioner
Schnack to instruct Bluestone Inc. to work with the staff and Town Planner
to re-plat the sidewalk per their plans.  So voted:

Gary Girard - Aye         Victor Calabretta - Aye
Laura  Aibel - Abstain       Mary Brennan - Aye
Dennis Webster - Aye         Sue Barker - Aye
Michael Schnack - Aye
                 Motion passes by a vote of 6-0, 1 Abstention

Commissioner Girard let the Planning Commission know that the Skate Park
issue that was referred to the Commission by the Town Council may be on
the Agenda for the next meeting on August 2, 2000.

Commissioner Girard let the Planning Commission know that the Proposed
Zoning Ordinance Amendment- Regarding Ferries and Water Related uses would
be going before the Town Council on Monday evening July 24,2000.

Commissioner Brennan asked for a few minutes at the end of the meeting to
discuss the necklace lighting on the Newport Bridge.  All in Favor.

1.  Comprehensive Plan - Update - Land Use, Preamble, General Land Use,
Description & Development History, Action Plan

Commissioner Girard thanked the Planning Intern Crystal Fonseca for doing
such a great job on the Comprehensive Plan.

Crystal Fonseca showed the Commission the new maps ( Protected Areas as of
12/31/99, 1995 Land Use- Land Cover, Zoning Map) for the Comprehensive
Plan.
      A discussion regarding the Action Plan - Open Space section ensued
with Commissioner Webster making a motion to add Goal #4 to read - Control
the rate of population growth so that there is adequate time to plan
infrastructure and improvement, and require open space.
     After a discussion Commissioner Webster withdrew the motion, at which
time it was decided that Commissioner Webster and Commissioner Aibel would
work on re-wording this and figure out were to insert this into the Action
Plan.

Commissioner Girard made a motion to drop the General Land Use page
because the information is already in the text of the Land Use section.
      The motion was seconded by Commissioner Aibel.  So voted:

Gary Girard - Aye         Victor Calabretta - Aye
Laura Aibel - Aye         Mary Brennan - Aye
Dennis Webster - Aye      Sue Barker - Aye
Michael Schnack - Aye
                       Motion passes by a vote of 7-0

All changes will be given to Crystal regarding the Comprehensive Plan and
she will update.

Commissioner Brennan questioned the necklace lighting on the Newport
Bridge, stating that she was under the impression that it would be lit
only for special events.
      It has been lit on several occasions that were not special events to
her knowledge.
      The board discussed this and it was decided that Commissioner
Brennan will draft a letter to the Turnpike Authority asking them what
constitutes a special event and can the lights be dimmer, as they can be
seen from Block Island.
      She will bring the letter to the next meeting and then it will be
forwarded to the Town Council.

 A motion was made by Commissioner Aibel and seconded by Commissioner
Schnack to adjourn the meeting at 9:30 p.m.  All in Favor.

Attest: Cinthia L. Reppe