PLANNING COMMISSION MINUTES
August 2, 2000
7:30 PM
 Jamestown Town Hall

The meeting was called to order at 7:38 p.m. and the following members
were present:

Betty Hubbard       Rob Lambert
Gary Girard         Victor Calabretta    
Dennis Webster      Michael Schnack
Mary Brennan        

Also present:

Cinthia Reppe -Recording Secretary
Jane Weidman- Acting Town Planner
Crystal Fonseca - Planning Intern
Bob Falzey- Attorney, Representing Ocean State Scuba
James Lyman- Attorney, Representing Mr. Viera and neighbors
Barrett Sand- Citizen of Marcello Drive
Clayton Carlisle- Representing Proposed Skate Park

I.  Reading and Approval of Minutes from July 19, 2000
A motion was made by Commissioner Webster and seconded by Commissioner
Girard to accept the minutes as written.  So voted:

Betty Hubbard - Abstain   Rob Lambert- Abstain
Gary Girard- Aye    Victor Calabretta- Aye     
Dennis Webster- Aye    Michael Schnack- Aye
Mary Brennan  - Aye    

                       Motion passes by a vote of 5-0
Commissioner Barker arrives at 7:45 p.m. 

1.  Correction of Minutes from May 17, 2000.                              
                                                                          
                                                                          
                                                                          
                                          A motion was made by
Commissioner Barker and seconded by Commissioner Lambert to accept the
minutes with the following addition: An error was made in reporting
Councilor Swain's position of mandatory pumping.
      Commissioner Hubbard mistook Councilor Swain's viewpoint, and
instead the viewpoint reflected what Commissioner Hubbard understood to be
desired. So voted:

Betty Hubbard - Aye    Rob Lambert- Aye
Gary Girard- Aye    Victor Calabretta- Nay     
Dennis Webster- Aye    Michael Schnack- Aye
Mary Brennan  - Aye    Sue Barker- Aye

Motion passes by a vote of 7-1

II.  Correspondence

1.  CRMC - Harbor Management Commission, Maintenance Certification
#M00-5-25 - Construct maintenance repairs to the existing (vertical steel
sheet pile) bulkhead by installing a new steel sheet-pile seawall seaward
of the existing seawall and capping it.
      The project will also include removing two sets of (dolphin) piles;
located at Narragansett Avenue, Jamestown, RI; Plat 8, Lot 530.
      Received & Acknowledged

2.  CRMC - Certificate of Maintenance, Mary Lopes, 509 Seaside Dr.,
Jamestown, RI.
     02835; repair and fill area behind seawall located at 509 Seaside
Dr., Jamestown, R.I. 02835.  Received & Acknowledged

3.  CRMC - Determination of Non-Jurisdiction, William and Nancy Zeitler, 2
Sleepy Hollow Rd., New Canaan, Ct. 06840 - Request for Preliminary
Determination AP 12 Lot 47, Beavertail Rd., Jamestown, RI. 02835.

4.  CRMC - State Assent - Town of Jamestown - Application Review. 
Received & Acknowledged

5.  CRMC - Cease & Desist Order - Walter and Diane Wallace, 32 Orient Ave,
Jamestown, R.I. - Installation of floating dock "Jet Dock" to a
residential boating facility in nonconformance with CRMC assent 98-3-35 at
Plat 2, Lot 102, 32 Orient Ave, Jamestown, without benefit of a CRMC
assent or in violation of a Council order.  Received & Acknowledged

6.  FYI - Zoning Board of Review Agenda - July 25, 2000.  Received &
Acknowledged

III.  Citizen's Non Agenda Item - nothing at this time
      
 
IV.  Reports

a.  Town Planner's Submitted Report -Update on Ocean State Scuba.  Planner
viewed additional information and is satisfied with the Ocean State Scuba
plan at this stage.
Attorney James Lyman  questioned if there were category B accessory
setbacks, Planner confirmed as category B.  Commissioner Calabretta stated
that Ocean State Scuba's engineer met the Town Engineer, Richard Pastore's
requirements.
      Attorney Robert Falzey stated they received preliminary approval
with the condition of drainage met and the new site plan will contain a
loading zone.
      Attorney Lyman asked if site plan was in existence and Commissioner
Hubbard stated yes, but there are needed changes and it will be left as it
stands with planners recommendations.
      Planner presented and approved the amended Highland Meadow plan with
the addition of a sidewalk.

      b.    Town Committees - Harbor  Management Commission
Commissioner Webster stated the Fort Wetherill Boaters Association Lease
is for seven years and is asking the board if they think seven years is
too long.
     Commissioners Calabretta and Lambert stated that the Planning
Commission should not comment on this issue.
      Commissioner Girard stated that guidance from the Planning
Commission is O.K. It was discussed that seven years may be to long and
that five years is more appropriate. 
Commissioner Girard stated that the Parking Committee will be holding a
meeting on August 3, 2000 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss issues regarding
on-street parking in Shores area for people using the old Jamestown bridge
for fishing and other recreational activities.
Barrett Sand stated that he agreed with Senator Chaffe in leaving only a
causeway section of bridge for fishing. 

c.    Sub Committees - nothing at this time

V.  New Business - Proposed Skate Park

1.  Clayton Carlisle presented the plan to the Conservation Commission,
Recreation Department, Town Council and now before Planning Commission.
      Presently there is no specific layout plan, but the skate park will
model the 100 X 100 skate park pad after the one at Old Mountain Field in
South Kingstown.
      The proposed location is Taylor Point which is zoned Open Space and
needs proposed variance from zoning via  a special use permit.
      Funding will be through grants, private contributions and
fundraising and the Town is insured if we meet the prerequisite of a 4'
maximum height and post safety rules.  
Commissioner Girard asked who would maintain the park.
      Lawn cutting and emptying trash would be the Recreation Department's
responsibility.
      Commissioner Lambert embraces the idea and Commissioner Girard is
hesitant as the 1/2 acre location is an intrusion to open space.
     Barrett Sand stated his concerns regarding skateboard related
injuries and that a skate park is putting our youth in danger and suggest
that the supporters of the skate park and the board speak to Dr. A. Louis
Marioenzi.  

Commissioner Brennan wants figures on the number of participants at local
skate parks.
      Commissioner Calabretta feels that the location is site specific and
suitable for the stated location and that there should be appropriate
signage, bikes should not be allowed on the pad and helmet, elbow and knee
pads must be worn.
      Commissioner Lambert made a motion that the Town Planner send a memo
to the Town Council supporting the Taylor Point Skate Park concept as
being consistent with the Comprehensive Plan and that it is appropriate to
the site selected.  So voted:

Betty Hubbard - Aye    Rob Lambert- Aye
Gary Girard- Nay    Victor Calabretta- Aye     
Dennis Webster- Aye    Michael Schnack- Aye
Mary Brennan  - Aye    Sue Barker- Aye

Motion passes by a vote of 7-1

2.  DEM Open Space Grant-
     The Town Planner, Commissioners Schnack and Calabretta and Planning
Intern will meet and represent the board.

VI.  Old Business

1.  Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment.  

The board feels there isn't enough time to meet with the Council before
their next meeting.
     Commissioner Girard suggests discussion regarding a meeting with the
Council at next meeting with a time limit.
     The board set the following dates to meet at 7:00 p.m. with the Town
Council:  8/23/00 with the exception of Commissioners Barker and Webster;
8/30/00 with exception of Commissioners Girard and Webster; 9/13/00 with
exception of Commissioners Webster and Barker. 

2.  Commissioners Brennan and Webster drafted a letter regarding necklace
lighting.
      A motion was made to use Commissioner Webster's letter to be
forwarded to the Rhode Island Bridge and Turnpike Authority, Town Council
and the Conservation Commission.
     The board will ask for the Council  to send a similar letter to the
Rhode Island Bridge and Turnpike Authority.  So voted:

Betty Hubbard - Aye    Rob Lambert- Aye
Gary Girard- Aye    Victor Calabretta- Aye     
Dennis Webster- Aye    Michael Schnack- Aye
Mary Brennan  - Aye    Sue Barker- Aye

Motion passes by a vote of 8-0

3.  Comprehensive Plan -

      A discussion ensued about determining whether water quality is
designated by DEM or CRMC, board replied that it is by both.
      Determine the classification of East Ferry's water quality and
Commissioner Webster stated that the Harbor Office has maps delineating
the waters.

A motion was made by Commissioner Girard and seconded by Commissioner
Barker to adjourn the meeting at 10:20 p.m.  All in Favor.

Attest:
 Cinthia L. Reppe