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

PLANNING COMMISSION MINUTES
February 7, 2001
7:30 PM
Jamestown Library

The meeting was called to order at 7:32 p.m. and the following members
were present:

Betty Hubbard    Victor Calabretta
Mary Brennan     Rob Lambert
Dennis Webster      Sue Barker
Michael Schnack

Also present:

Lisa Bryer, AICP, Town Planner
Cinthia Reppe - Recording Secretary
John Murphy - Attorney
Andrew Johnston - P.E. Northeast Engineers & Consultants
George Gifford - Landscape Architect
Mr. Joe Manning
Ms. Ann Manning

I.  Reading and Approval of Minutes from January 17, 2000

A motion was made by Commissioner Calabretta and seconded by Commissioner
Schnack to accept the minutes as written.  So voted:

Betty Hubbard - Aye    Victor Calabretta - Aye
Mary Brennan - Aye      Rob Lambert - Aye
Dennis Webster - Aye        Sue Barker - Aye
Michael Schnack - Aye
Motion carries by a vote of 7-0

II.  Correspondence

1.  CRMC - Assent - Dominic and Patricia Munafo, 1163 North Main Rd.,
Jamestown, RI  02835: to construct and maintain a recreational boating
facility to consist of a 4'x237' fixed timber pier with lower ("L" shaped)
4'x25' access deck at the seaward end.
      The terminus of proposed dock will extend to 127 - feet beyond mean
low water (MLW) requiring a 77 - foot variance from the CRMP Section 300.4
standards located at 1163 North Main Rd., Jamestown, RI , Plat 3, Lot 484.
Received & Acknowledged

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

IV.  Reports

a.  Town Planner's Submitted Report  
b.  Town Committees 
c.  Sub Committees

V.  New Business - nothing at this time

VI.  Old Business

1.  Manning Major Subdivision - Cedar Lane - Master Plan Review
Mr. John Murphy, Attorney, representing the Manning Subdivision introduced
Andrew Johnston P.E. and George Gifford Landscape Architect.
  Mr. Gifford described the vegetation that is currently on these lots.
Mr. Gifford stated that the applicant is now proposing payment of a fee in
lieu of land dedication.
      Mr. Murphy said that it is the intention of the Mannings to have
this be a privately owned road.
      Mr. Gifford explained that the design of the septic systems are an
innovative system.
      Commissioner Hubbard stated that there are several large plants and
trees that need to be recognized at this point before going any further.
      Andrew Johnston stated that the purpose of the meeting is to examine
the validity of the project.
      Commissioner Calabretta suggested that the substantial trees should
be marked and that perk rate data is needed before the Planning Commission
can make a recommendation.
      Commissioner Lambert was assured that the smaller footprints for the
houses does not mean smaller footprints for the lots.
  Commissioner Webster stated that he does not want one of the south lots
to be developed as it has a steep slope that drops from 86 feet to 10
feet.
      He also stated that there could be a noise problem from the highway,
Route 138.
      Commissioner Brennan stated that she would like to remove one lot on
the north side and add it to the open space area on the south lot.
      Attorney John Murphy stated that a lot could be taken off the north
lot and placed on the south lot.
  Commissioner Calabretta would like to see the watershed shown on the
map.  The gravel roads will have a geo-block system and will require a
waiver of regulations.
      Commissioner Webster supports the gravel roads with the stipulation
that the drainage system needs to be revisited if paving ever occurs.
      Commissioner Hubbard wants to see an example of the geo-block system
road.
      Commissioner Brennan does not want salt applied to the road.
      Mr. Manning agreed to not salt the roads.
  Mr. Gifford stated that wells have not been checked on each lot for
potable water.
      Wells will be done for each lot before final approval.
      Commissioner Webster was assured that stumps would be removed.  The
Town Planner Lisa Bryer stated that comments from the Conservation
Commission, DEM and the Public Works Director are forthcoming.
  The following is a summary of additional information needed prior to the
next meeting:

* map 6" plus caliper trees
* show areas of minimal grading where trees can be saved within "limits of
clearing" area
* clearly show limits of the Northpond Watershed
* drainage structures removed from the Open Space Area
* groundwater table and perc rate information
* justification for ISDS filling and grading
* site example of geo-block paving

  The following are comments from several residents that reside in the
neighborhood of the proposed subdivision:

John Dudley - Steamboat St.
     - requested the number of feet of wooded area that would be
designated buffer area between the northern most property and Steamboat
St.

Rick Topp - Steamboat St.
     - was told that the applicant and property owners would own the
buffer area via conservation easements.
     Mr. Topp also stressed that there are water quality and quantity
troubles in the area during the summer.

Crystal Fonseca - Steamboat - stated that as a result of high density,
there is a problem with the quantity of water in the summer and that wells
often run dry.
      While talking to Dr. Ann Veegar at the University of Rhode Island,
it was suggested that test wells be required for each proposed sight and
that the yield be checked in the summer months.

Michael DeGidio - Cedar Lane asked for the zoning, he was told that it is
R-40.
      Mr DeGidio stated that his well is at 300 feet with a rate of 8
gallons a minute and that his neighbors is at 600 feet.
      He also asked if there would be blasting.

James Tobin - Neptune St.
     - stated that runoff water from Cedar Cemetery drains onto Neptune
and Spriketing Streets.

Perry Scott - Top O'Mark Dr. - asked for an explanation of the innovative
septic systems that are to be installed.

Emmit Turley - Seaside Dr. stated that there is a water quality and
quantity problem in the Shores.
      Mr. Turley wanted additional information regarding the septic
systems and topography and requested a soil analysis.

Commissioner Hubbard stated that there are three stages after this meeting
and that it is in the preliminary stages.
      Lisa Bryer, Town Planner stated that there would be two public
hearings within the next stage of the subdivision.

James Tobin - Neptune St.
     - asked where the first and second leach fields are for Lots 5,6 and
7.

Michael DeGidio - asked how much elevation there is for the building
envelopes.

Margaret Fonseca - Steamboat St.
     stated that the blasting from the construction of the bridge
adversely affected residents leach field and water.
      She stated her concern for the wildlife in the area also.

Crystal Fonseca - Steamboat St.
     - she spoke with Dr. Ann Veegar regarding the blasting and she
suggested that it be kept in mind the definite detrimental effects to the
shores area such as sediment occurring in the water veins.

Commissioner Hubbard stated that there would be another meeting regarding
this issue set for the first meeting in March provided that the additional
information be given to the Planner within two weeks.

In other business, the Town Planner informed the Planning Commission that
Michaela Kennedy will be proofing and editing the Comprehensive Community
Plan

Commissioner Brennan stated that a semi truck has destroyed a tree planted
on Narragansett Ave.
     and that the person responsible for destroying it does not want to
replace it.
      She asked if there is anything that the Planning Commission could do
about it.

        
IV.  Reports - (con't.)

c.   Town Sub-Committees

      Commissioner Webster informed the Planning Commission that the North
Kingstown Town Council invited all interested parties to a meeting
regarding the Quonset Davisville Container port with the Economic
Development Corporation and administrators and chief executives of all
cities and towns that is to be held on Friday Feb. 9,2001.  

A motion was made by Commissioner Webster and seconded by Commissioner
Schnack to adjourn the meeting at 10:15 p.m.  All in Favor.

Attest:

Cinthia Reppe