May 16, 2001

7:30 PM

Jamestown Library

The meeting was called to order at 7:35 p.m. and the following members
were present:

Betty Hubbard       Victor Calabretta
Laura Aibel         Mary Brennan
Dennis Webster      Sue Barker
Michael Schnack

Also present:

Lisa Bryer, AICP, Town Planner
Cinthia Reppe - Recording Secretary
Dick Allphin
Andrew Tietz - Attorney 
Carolyn Doyle - PE, Cherenzia & Associates
Michaela Kennedy - Jamestown Press

I.  Reading and Approval of Minutes from May 2, 2001

A motion was made by Commissioner Calabretta and seconded by Commissioner
Webster to accept the minutes with the following amendments:

Page 1- under also present add: Michael McQuade, Doug Hendrickson -
Construction manager.

Page 2-under IV. Reports b. strike is recommending add will consider.

Reports c. Sub Committees add Quonset Davisville Liaison.

Page 4-middle of page last bullet strike units add properties. 

3rd paragraph second sentence should read: Commissioner Schnack stated
that keeping the parking spaces for condo use would eleviate some of the
parking problems downtown due to the visitors of the condo using those
spaces and not parking on the street. So voted:

Betty Hubbard - Aye    Victor Calabretta - Aye
Laura Aibel - Aye      Mary Brennan - Aye
Dennis Webster - Aye   Sue Barker - Abstain
Michael Schnack - Aye

     Motion passes by a vote of 6-0, 1 Abstention

II.  Correspondence

1.  CRMC - FYI May 2001 Calendar - received

2.  FYI - Memo to Town Council Re: Bayview Condominium - received

3.  FYI - Memo to Town Council Re: Town Meeting Space - received

4.  FYI - Land Conservation, Development and Property Taxes in Rhode
Island - received

III.  Citizen's Non Agenda Item

IV.  Reports

a.  Town Planner's Submitted Report  

b.  Town Committees 

c.  Sub Committees - 

Commissioner Webster, Quonset Davisville Liaison informed the commission
of a workshop sponsored by the EDC to discuss the Master Plan at Quonset.

Commissioner Barker, Tree Committee stated that a grant from the Rhode
Island Tree Council was received and it will be used for booklets, tree
inventory and labeling and various other things.
      She also stated that the Tree Committee has some concerns about 
trees that have been planted inappropriately at Highland Meadows.

Commissioner Hubbard asked the Commission to continue VI.
     New Business  2. Discussion of Meeting Time and Agenda until the next
meeting so that Commissioner Girard will be present, and to also put Item
1.House Bill H01-6109 before V. Old Business. All in Favor.

VI.  New Business

1.  House Bill H01-6169 - Newton Case

Dick Allphin presented the commission  with a letter explaining this House
Bill and discussed what it is about.
      The Supreme Court ruling in the "Newton" case prohibits the issuance
of a special use permit along with a variance.
      This causes problems in Jamestown, particularly in the Commercial
Downtown and Commercial Limited Zones where any change of use that
requires a special use permit most often also necessitates a request of a
dimensional variance, either for parking or for "setbacks".
      A motion was made by Commissioner Schnack and seconded by
Commissioner Aibel to send a letter to the Town Council asking them to
support House Bill 2001-H6109.  So voted:

Betty Hubbard - Aye    Victor Calabretta - Nay
Laura Aibel - Aye      Mary Brennan - Nay
Dennis Webster - Aye   Sue Barker - Nay
Michael Schnack - Aye

        Motion passes by a vote of 4-3

2.  Discussion of Meeting Time and Agenda - continued until next meeting

V.  Old Business

1. MCF Communications Inc. - Telecommunications Tower Proposal -
Development Plan Review - Continued

Andrew Tietz, Attorney representing MCF Communications pointed out the
changes that were made to the plans that the Planning Commission had asked
for at the previous meeting.
      Commissioner Calabretta stated that the plans were not accurate and
did not include many of the items that the Planning Commission asked for.
      After a lengthy discussion regarding the items that the Planning
Commission would like to see on an accurate set of plans, the Commission
asked the applicant to return with revised plans to be submitted to the
Planning Office by May 30th at the latest.
     Commissioner Webster made a motion that was seconded by Commissioner
Schnack to file an advisory report to the Zoning Enforcement Officer, in
accordance with Section 802 of the Zoning Ordinance, stating that the
development plan submitted by MCF Communications meets the requirements of
Sections 801 and 803 of the Zoning Ordinance, providing the following
conditions are met: 

1. The area marked "natural vegetation to remain" shall extend a minimum
400' east from the limits of disturbance and west to the property line;

2. The limits of disturbance will be a maximum 100' x 100' excluding
access and utility easement on the plans;

3. There will be no blasting on site;

4. The access driveway will be gravel and the contours will be realigned
on the plan to direct runoff onto the subject property;

5. Propane, and not gasoline or diesel, shall be used as fuel for this

6. An evergreen screen planting around the limit of disturbance is
required for additional soil stabilization.
      The plant type shall be changed from Pyramidal Arborvitae, Thuja
occidentalis pyramidalis to Giant Arborvitae, Thuja plicata;

7. The applicant is required to calculate the entire upstream watershed
area that will be intercepted by this construction and review by the Town
Engineer shall be required; and,

8. The Town Engineer shall review any and all construction plans and give
the approval for this site prior to issuance of any building permit.

So voted:

Betty Hubbard - Aye    Victor Calabretta - Nay
Laura Aibel - Nay      Mary Brennan - Nay
Dennis Webster - Aye      Sue Barker - Nay
Michael Schnack - Aye

           Motion fails by a vote of 4-3

A motion was made by Commissioner Calabretta and seconded by Commissioner
Brennan to have MCF Communications come back to the Planning Commission
with accurate plans that include the conditions of the first motion.
      So voted:

Betty Hubbard - Aye    Victor Calabretta - Aye
Laura Aibel -Aye    Mary Brennan - Aye
Dennis Webster - Nay      Sue Barker - Aye
Michael Schnack - Nay

                    Motion passes by a vote of 5-2

Commissioner Hubbard suggested sending a memo to the Zoning Board advising
them of the status of the Development Plan Review.  All in Favor.

1. Comprehensive Community Plan -Review of  Maps, and the following
elements, Natural and Cultural Resources, Open Space and Recreation,
Economic Development, Housing, & Public Services and Facilities - Approval
of Final Drafts - continued

The Planning Commission decided to continue this item until the June 20th
meeting due to the late hour.  All in Favor. 

Commissioner Barker made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 10:35 p.m.
seconded by Commissioner Hubbard.  All in Favor.


Cinthia Reppe