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PLANNING COMMISSION MINUTES

March 20, 2002

7:30 PM

Jamestown Library

The meeting was called to order and the following members were present:

Rob Lambert Michael Schnack

Victor Calabretta Laura Aibel

Mary Brennan Betty Hubbard

Sue Barker

Also present:

Lisa Bryer, AICP, Town Planner

Cinthia Reppe – Recording Clerk

  1. Reading and Approval of Minutes from March 6, 2002
  2. A motion was made by Commissioner Calabretta and seconded by Commissioner Brennan to accept the minutes with the following change:

    Add to V. OB 1. Narragansett Ave, 2nd page at the end of the motion last sentence change the period to a comma and add; and show the site drainage on the plan.

    So voted;

    Rob Lambert - Aye Michael Schnack - Abstain

    Victor Calabretta - Aye Laura Aibel - Aye

    Mary Brennan - Aye Betty Hubbard - Abstain

    Sue Barker - Abstain

    Motion passes by a vote of 4-3 Abstain

  3. Correspondence
    1. CRMC – Residential Assent – Donna Rizzo – 1703 Mineral Springs Ave, North Providence, RI 02904;

To construct and maintain a residential boating facility to consist of a 4’x235’ fixed timber pier, a 4’x34’ (aluminum) ramp and a 150 square ft. float. Ther terminus of the dock will extend to 163-ft beyond (MLW) requiring a variance from the RICRMP Section 300.4 (see attached plans). 80 Orient Ave, Jamestown, RI 02835 Plat 1, Lot 132. Received

2. FYI – Rights of Way Workshop – Jamestown Row High Street. Received

 

  1. Citizen’s Non Agenda Item – nothing at this time
  2. Reports
    1. Town Planner’s Submitted Report
    2. Town Planner Lisa Bryer asked the Planning Commissioners if they would be interested in attending the Land Use Decisions workshop. Ms. Bryer stated that there is funding for this workshop even though the budget was cut this year. Commissioner Aibel stated that she had already mailed hers in.

    3. Town Committees
    4. Town Planner Lisa Bryer reported that at the last Building and Facilities meeting the consultant presented the conceptual layouts and wanted feedback from the committee members. Commissioner Schnack asked if the Planning Commission will have a chance to look at the plans?

      Commissioner Schnack reported that at the last Harbor Management Commission meeting that they are working on the Harbor Mangement Plan and have formed 3 subcommittee’s. He also stated that mooring rates have dropped this year.

    5. Sub Committees
  1. Old Business
    1. Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment – relating to Businesses Operating from Marina Slips, docks and / or moorings including Ferry Service and Parking. Continued
    2. Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment – relating to High Groundwater Table. Continued
    3. Commissioner Kallfelz arrives at 8:00 p.m.

    4. Comprehensive Community Plan – review of public hearing comments

A discussion ensued over the comments from the public hearings with each one of the comments addressed one by one among the Planning Commissioners. The following are the public comments and responses from the Planning Commissioners:

Proposed Comprehensive Community Plan - October 1991

Summary of Comments from

Town Council Comprehensive Plan Workshop - December 6, 2001

Including Recommendations by Planning Commission

The following comments have been summarized from discussion at the December 6, 2001 Town Council Workshop with the Planning Commission on the Comprehensive Community Plan.

  1. Comment supporting action on page 265 regarding 1) ensuring that the number of moorings, slips, both private and commercial, are supported by adequate landside facilities (also on page 154) and 2) developing comprehensive development and management plans for East and West Ferry. Also a comment regarding the initiation responsibility for the action. It was clarified that the Harbor Management Commission is responsible for initiating the action.
  2. Planning Commission recommendation: No change necessary.

  3. Parking - it was suggested that the Town needs to make a decision on where it wants people to park in the commercial district. Response that Parking is addressed in Circulation Action Plan beginning on Page 271.
  4. Planning Commission recommendation: No change necessary.

  5. Page 241 - Would like the 85% figure used on page 13, 67, and 241 to be more accurately stated. Take out statement regarding reuse on page 241. Make consistent throughout document.
  6. Planning Commission recommendation: Change the following paragraphs as follows:

    Page 13 - No public water or sewer service extends to the Shores area. Because approximately 85 percent a significant amount of all water withdrawn from the ground is eventually returned through ISDS, the continued use of ISDS is necessary to maintain acceptable levels of groundwater.

    Page 67 - However, about 85 percent a significant amount of groundwater is returned through septic system infiltration and precipitation. Only a small amount of water, approximately 15 percent, is lost through consumption and evapotranspiration, especially in the summer. It is important to recognize the need for the return of groundwater to the system. If groundwater were not returned via ISDS, the groundwater supply would quickly diminish.

    Page 241 - It should be remembered, however, that in houses with wells and septic systems approximately 85 percent a significant amount of water extracted from the ground for use is returned to the groundwater system for reuse. Therefore, it is not recommended to extend sewers into high-density areas, which rely upon private wells, unless public water service is available.

  7. Clarification that Plat 2 Lot 47 is part of public facility on Future Land Use Map. It is part of the Public Facility category and has not changed from the 1991 Plan.
  8. Planning Commission recommendation: No change necessary.

  9. Page 67 - 800-1200 gallons should be 400-800 gallons
  10. Planning Commission recommendation: Change as stated.

  11. Page 75 - should mention the proposed high groundwater table ordinance in this section.
  12. Planning Commission recommendation: This issue is already highlighted in action 3.h. on page 247. No change recommended.

  13. Page 20 - 6th paragraph. Should list other uses such as parking and associated parking as listed in the use table of the zoning ordinance.
  14. Planning Commission recommendation: No change necessary.

  15. Page 22 - 1st paragraph of CW. Change very limited to limited.
  16. Planning Commission recommendation: No change necessary because the uses allowed in this zone are very limited as can be seen in the use table 3.1 of the Zoning Ordinance.

  17. Page 27 - 3rd paragraph. Take out the sentence. When deliberating the Highway Garage project, the Town Council should consider the recommendation of the Highway Garage Committee.
  18. Planning Commission recommendation: Change as follows:

    When deliberating the Highway Garage project, the Town Council should consider the recommendation of the Highway Garage Committee.

  19. Page 31 - Comment made on statement in Plan that there should be no expansion of Commercial District. "Communities change".
  20. Planning Commission recommendation: No change necessary.

  21. Page 36 - 3rd paragraph. Change 48.6 percent female to male.
  22. Planning Commission recommendation: Change as stated.

  23. Page 36 - Clarified that persons per household is in fact 2.38 as stated not 2.37 as mentioned.
  24. Planning Commission recommendation: change as follows:

    The average household size has continued its decrease over the last several decades, from 2.41 persons per household in 1990 to 2.38 persons per household in 2000.

  25. Page 55 - Provide better source for right-of-way report. Suggested that a Department needs to be responsible for the clearing of right-of-ways. The Town Administrator stated that the Recreation Department was assigned that responsibility last spring.
  26. Planning Commission recommendation: change as follows:

    Page 55 - The Town parking committee has prepared a report that lists all existing and potential rights-of-way in Jamestown entitled The Parking Committee's Report on Public Shoreline Access and Rights-of-Way in Jamestown.

  27. Page 67 - 3rd paragraph. 2.41 persons per household vs. 2.38.
  28. Planning Commission recommendation: change as follows:

    Page 67 - In 1990 The national average of single family use is estimated at 75 gallons per day per person. Based upon an average of 2.41 persons per household, the average household uses 199 gallons per day. If houses were developed on a minimum of one-acre lots, groundwater supply in Jamestown would be more than adequate and a buffer of over 500 gallons of groundwater would be available per acre.

  29. Page 75 - It should be stated that we should strive to strengthen Section 308 of the Zoning Ordinance.
  30. Planning Commission recommendation: This issue is already highlighted in action 3.h. on page 247. No change recommended.

  31. Page 94 - Horsehead should be moved from the list on Page 94 to the National Historic Register listing starting on page 90.

Planning Commission recommendation: Change as follows:

c. State Identified Districts and Structures

The following are listed as properties that deserve consideration and further study for entry in the National Register:

  1. Clingstone (House on the Rock)
  2. The Old Green Farm
  3. Cajacet/Captain Thomas Paine House
  4. Conanicut Park Historic District
  5. Dutch Island Historic District
  6. Fox Hill Historic District
  7. Ocean Highlands Historic District,
  8. Shoreby Hill Historic District
  9. J.B. Lippincott House/Meeresblick
  10. Beavertail Farm
  11. Horgan Cottages
  12. Carr Homestead
  13. Fowler's Rock
  14. Lyman-Cottrell Farmhouse
  15. Riven Rock
  16. Jamestown Town Pound North Main Road
  17. Horsehead

And add to list beginning on page 90 as follows: After 9) Jamestown Windmill on Page 92 add:

10) Horsehead

Horsehead, named after one of its most prominent cliffs and built in 1882-1884, is a large, private summer home on the promontory of Southwest Point. A significant example of Jamestown's earliest development as a summer colony, it was designed for the Philadelphia industrialist Joseph Wharton by Charles L. Bevins, architect. Designed by architect Charles L. Bevins,

  1. Page 133 - 5th paragraph. Check the Harbor Management Ordinance for the accuracy of this statement. It was stated that they have been discussing a new policy regarding waterfront improvements.
  2. Page 133 - Under the Harbor Management Ordinance, the Commission is responsible for waterfront improvements, mooring placement and permits.

    Planning Commission recommendation: No change necessary. This statement was felt to be accurate of the current ordinance. Their current deliberations regarding changing the ordinance have not been finalized.

  3. Page 138 - Question regarding number of Town Employees. Will clarify 100 municipal employees includes summer employment.
  4. Planning Commission recommendation: Change as follows:

    Page 138 - The Town of Jamestown is the largest single employer on the Island, with 100 municipal employees (including summer employment) and 200 school department employees.

  5. Page 143 - Change DM Zone to DC (Downtown Condominium)
  6. Planning Commission recommendation: Change to DC.

  7. Page 160, 201 - Use 2000 Census Figures or make clear at the beginning of the document that because this document was in final form when the preliminary 2000 Census figures were released that they were only used for the Buildout Section.
  8. Planning Commission recommendation: This should be clarified at the beginning of the document. The Planning Commission recommends adding a page just before the Table of Contents that states the date of January 2000 as the date to which all information is accurate unless otherwise stated in the text. 2000 Census figures will be used in the next 5 year update.

  9. Page 167 - It was suggested that public input should be sought for paving projects.
  10. Planning Commission recommendation: No change recommended. The Planning Commission felt that the process used by the Town of advertising is effective because the Town received much public comment when certain roads are scheduled for repaving.

  11. Page 170 - Take Harbor Management Ordinance out of first sentence in second paragraph.
  12. Planning Commission recommendation: Agreed. To read as follows:

    Parking standards for commercial businesses are set by the Town Zoning Ordinance and the Harbor Management Ordinance.

  13. Page 177 - Comment regarding needing more transportation for seniors.
  14. Planning Commission recommendation: No change necessary. This is a significant comment that needs clarification on responsibility and more public discussion during budget time prior to inclusion in the Plan.

  15. Page 208 - Would like to see actual numbers in school enrollment chart.
  16. Planning Commission recommendation: See # 32 on Public Hearing comments.

  17. Page 221 - Separate administrative needs from department needs. Remove reference to needing more patrolman.
  18. Planning Commission recommendation: Remove Paragraph as follows. All related to administrative needs.

    There are several items the department would like to see in the years ahead. One of the main concerns is the need for more patrolmen in the department. Often times there is only one officer on patrol at night because of manpower deficiencies. Another need would be the innovation of cellular network technology in mobile data terminals. Theses would assist the officers in streamlining the service they provide while staying on the roads as much as possible. There is also a need to have one officer handle all of the prosecution for the department. Adjudication and district court is very time consuming and prevents officers from performing community duty.

  19. Page 251-252 - Plan should recommend to the need for a Town committee or commission to be responsible for the historic resources owned by the Town. This could be a new action.
  20. Planning Commission recommendation: Addressed by Policy 4 on Page 252 in action plan.

  21. The Sections entitled "Achievements Based Upon the 1991 Goals, Policies, Recommendations and Implementation Methods" should be clarified so that their intent is clear that they are records of past achievements and not current actions.
  22. Planning Commission recommendation: Attached is a page of Planning Commissions recommended graphic/visual changes to these sections to make it clear that these sections simply reiterates the Actions from the 1991 plan and describes how they have been implemented since that time, whether they are able to be implemented, whether they should no longer be implemented etc.

  23. The Major documents that were consulted should be referenced at the beginning of the document.
  24. Planning Commission recommendation: The Planning Commission took great pains in documenting everything that could be documented during this update. No change recommended at this time. They felt that the when the document is completely rewritten, a bibliography could then be prepared.

    Proposed Comprehensive Community Plan - October 1991

    Summary of Comments from

    Town Council Comprehensive Plan Public Hearing - February 28, 2002

    Including Recommendations by Planning Commission

    The following comments have been summarized from comments accepted at the February 28, 2002 Town Council Public Hearing on the Comprehensive Community Plan.

    Comments were accepted by category indicated in bold below

    PREAMBLE

    What is definition of Rural Character.

    Planning Commission Recommendation: The Planner and the Planning Commission addressed the issue by stating that the Preamble specifically addresses what is meant by Rural Character.

    Planning Commission Recommendation: No change necessary.

    LAND USE

  25. Bill Munger - Comment on "no expansion of commercially zoned district" as stated below:
  26. f. There should be no expansion of the existing commercially zoned districts. Additional regulations are proposed that will require a site plan review process for commercial development to ensure it is in keeping with the village character.

    This is from the Achievements from 1991 Plan Section

    Planning Commission Recommendation: See Comments 10 and 27 from December 6, 2001 Workshop.

  27. Sherry Lussier - had a question on whether items 4 and 9 on the 12-6-01 summary of comments sheet (outlined below) were going to be implemented:

4. Clarification that Plat 2 Lot 47 is part of public facility on Future Land Use Map. It is part of the Public Facility category and has not changed from the 1991 Plan.

9. Page 27 - 3rd paragraph. Take out the sentence. When deliberating the Highway Garage project, the Town Council should consider the recommendation of the Highway Garage Committee.

Planning Commission Recommendation: See #4 and #9 comments from December 6, 2001 Workshop.

3. Ray Iannetta - Objection to Public Facility designation on Plat 2 Lot 47 adjacent to the Transfer Station. He likes Zoning as a check and balance system. Does the public designation hamstring the Town if they want to sell the property at a later date?

The Town Solicitor responded that it does not because there are procedures for amendment of both the Comprehensive Plan and the Zoning Ordinance.

Planning Commission Recommendation: No change necessary.

Note: As far as Zoning being a check and balance system. This is a Zoning Issue to be addressed by the Town Council when they review the Public Zone designation as proposed by the Planning Commission. Specifically, whether a use is permitted by right or as a special use.

4. Dan O'neil - Lot 47 should never be used for a public facility.

Planning Commission Recommendation: No change necessary.

5. Sav Rebecci - What part of the Comprehensive Plan must the Town comply with?

The Solicitor responded that the Goals, Policies and Implementation Section, that was published in the Press, must be complied with. The rest of the Plan is inventory, background and history that is the basis for the Action Plan.

Planning Commission Recommendation: No change necessary.

6. Council President Settipane - Wants the State Community Profile from the Census printed with the Comprehensive Plan including births and deaths over the last decade.

Planning Commission Recommendation: See comment #48.

7. Tim Baker - Does not like "rural character" designation for Jamestown. Feels that Jamestown is Suburban and it is inaccurate to indicate that Jamestown is Rural. The Planning Commission responded that we are not insinuating that Jamestown is Rural but like the rural characteristics that Jamestown possesses.

Planning Commission Recommendation: No change necessary.

NATURAL AND CULTURAL RESOURCES

8. Ray Iannetta - stated that page 245 states that we should "strictly enforce the 150' setback from ISDS to wetlands" (Section 308). Ray thinks that this should say "whenever possible" because it makes it hard on the Zoning Board because they aren't the approval authority for ISDS. Mr. Settipane stated that the draft amendments to the Zoning Ordinance including Section 308 may change that standard from a variance to a special use permit requiring the burden of proof to include impact to surrounding areas.

Planning Commission Recommendation: See recommendations #6 and #15 from December 6, 2001 Workshop.

  1. Pat Bolger - Recognized the importance of the water quality and water quantity protection policies in the Plan and asked why the Town allows dispensing of gasoline near a reservoir by a private residence for business purposes. The Town Administrator indicated that it sounded like a zoning enforcement issue and she would discuss it with the Building Official.
  2. Planning Commission Recommendation: No change necessary

  3. Unidentified speaker - Suggested that the Town link permitted future growth to water supply.
  4. Planning Commission Recommendation: No change necessary

  5. Sav Rebecchi questioned whether the 80 percent protected figure on Page 60 is accurate because it was the same in 1991 plan. The Planner confirmed those figures as accurate because some acreage has gone from wetlands to publicly owned.
  6. Planning Commission Recommendation: No change necessary

  7. Council President Settipane wants to incorporate the CRMC policy on potential/pending right-of-way designation. Pat Bolger spoke on that issue as a member of the parking sub-committee that drafted the Right-of-Way Report referenced in the Plan and addressed the potential right-of-way issue as being addressed in as much as "the Town has accepted CRMC's officially designated right-of-ways because they have the resources to research these issues. The Town could, however be the official designator of right-of-ways should they choose to be.
  8. Planning Commission Recommendation: No change necessary. This is a policy decision that needs public discussion prior to inclusion to incorporation into the Comprehensive Plan.

  9. Dorsey Beard - We should not allow growth to drive expansion of our facilities but our facilities and their limitations are what should control growth. Specific reference was made to the policy "Manage growth to ensure there are adequate public services and facilities to accommodate Jamestown’s growing population".
  10. Planning Commission Recommendation: No change necessary.

  11. Randy Tyson - The Plan should address building recharge basins etc. to recharge aquifers in Rural Districts on open space areas.
  12. Planning Commission Recommendation: No change necessary.

  13. Sav Rebecchi - He talked to Dr. Anne Veeger from URI and wanted to report that she will be starting to do a water study on Jamestown and has just finished Block Island.
  14. Planning Commission Recommendation: No change necessary.

  15. Council President Settipane - Page 71 - expressed concern about the word denial on page 71. The Solicitor agreed that it could be reworded to state concerns for the health safety and welfare.
  16. Planning Commission Recommendation: Change as follows:

    The design and installation of ISDS are permitted and regulated by RIDEM. Any variance from the State regulations for the installation of ISDS are carefully reviewed by local officials and recommendations for denial are rendered when necessary to protect water quality and public health, safety and welfare of its residents.

  17. Page 83 - Natural Resources Achievements Section from 1991 Plan. Concern with requirement for public easements to the waterfront within subdivisions where appropriate. The Town Council did not seem concerned with the statement. This action is carried over into the new action plan, Page 245 Policy 2 action d:
  18. Create requirements for easements to waterfront in subdivisions where appropriate.

    Planning Commission Recommendation: No change necessary.

  19. Council President Settipane - Page 75 - In the Water Quality Protection Methods Section he would like to see more verbiage in the Zoning Ordinance Section regarding the proposed amendments to Section 308. It currently states:
  20. Page 75 - A major concern in Jamestown is the proper placement of ISDS. Section 308 of the Zoning Ordinance prohibits the construction or location of sewage disposal beds, seepage pits, cesspools or disposal trenches or other facilities designed to leach liquid wastes into soil within 150 feet of a bog, floodplain, pond, marsh and swamp as defined in the ordinance. Because of the Town's recognition of the importance of wetland quality protection, the requirements of this section are more restrictive than the State's requirements.

    Enforcement of Section 308 of the Ordinance has been difficult on some of the smaller substandard lots in the Jamestown Shores area, which are primarily wetlands. In many of these cases, the enforcement of Section 308 setbacks would result in the creation of an undevelopable lot.

    Page 247 - Review for amendment Section 308 of the Jamestown Zoning Ordinance to protect development from impacting groundwater resources and other natural resources.

    Planning Commission Recommendation: No change necessary. The Planning Commission feels that it has been addressed as an action to review Section 308. The final amendment to that section of the Zoning Ordinance has not been approved and therefore the action that exists is appropriate no matter what final form it takes.

    Vegetation and Wildlife

  21. Sav Rebecchi - Page 81 - Why are the species of concern etc. listed in Comprehensive Plan. Planner responded that it was a carryover from old plan (but updated). It can be found on page 90 of old plan.
  22. Planning Commission Recommendation: No change necessary.

  23. Councilwoman Willis - the Deer population is quite abundant and we should address wildlife management from a health and safety perspective.
  24. Planning Commission Recommendation: This has the potential to be a significant issue with varied public opinion. More public input is necessary prior to incorporation into the Comprehensive Plan. No change recommended.

    OPEN SPACE AND RECREATION

  25. Craig Richardson - Does not want bike paths on Beavertail road in front of his house. This proposal was brought before the Town Council when the Town wanted to apply for State funding through the Transportation Improvement Program. The Town Council held a hearing on this issue and decided that there was not sufficient information or support at the time to request the funding.
  26. Planning Commission Recommendation: Change as follows:

    Page 178 - It is very important that all future upgrades of roadways consider the feasibility of bicycle lanes as part of the project. The construction of a bicycle path separate from existing roadways should be considered as funding for planning and development of such bicycle ways becomes available. Bicycle paths are also discussed in the Recreation Element of this plan. A plan should be developed to safely accommodate bicycle and pedestrian transportation throughout the island. Where bicycle lanes and bicycle paths are located along roads, concept designs should be developed that retain roads with rural character. As a plan is developed funding for design and construction of such bicycle and pedestrian ways should be sought, and they should be incorporated into future road construction and upgrades whenever possible.

    Page 261 - Change Recreation Policy #3 as follows:

    Policy #3

    Promote a coordinated system of bicycle routes linking residential areas to recreational, scenic and cultural areas. Throughout the Island that retains roads with rural character.

    Page 269 - Change Circulation Policy #1 to read the same as Policy #3 in the Recreation Action Plan above.

  27. Dorsey Beard - Agrees with Mr. Richardson, and feels that bike paths would damage rural character.
  28. Planning Commission Recommendation: Change as indicated in #21 above.

  29. Nancy Bennett - We should investigate bike paths first. She is opposed to all the recommended language in this regard
  30. Planning Commission Recommendation: Change as indicated in #21 above.

  31. Randy Tyson - We do need the ability to get from the north end to the south end of the Island safely by biking and walking. The public should be added to the process including affected neighborhoods.
  32. Planning Commission Recommendation: The recommended Bikeways Committee as well as the Town Council as initator of process would insure public participation.

  33. Bill Munger - Boating does not get fair coverage in "trends in recreation" section. He feels that water related activities should be added into 3a. on page 122. Specifically indicate that there is much more interest in Kayaking, Sailing and general boating. There is also a strong desire for lessons for all boating listed above. Indicate that The Conanicut Yacht Club holds private sailing lessons each summer or youth must seek off island opportunities at such places as Sail Newport or the Saunderstown Yacht Club.
  34. Planning Commission Recommendation: The Planning Commission felt this was a good point but that the majority of the section does deal with publicly run and publicly coordinated recreation programs. They did endorse researching and incorporating boating trends and private programs in the next update.

  35. Bill Munger - We should add public participation process to the placement of public facilities.
  36. Planning Commission Recommendation: The Planning Commission agrees but also feels that it is a policy decision for each sitting Town Council.

    ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  37. Arthur Milot - The kind of development we should want for Jamestown is competition for our Pharmacy, hardware store, liquor store etc. We should express concern that we don't want to become the entertainment center for young people in the region like Newport is to the area. Maybe we should have a limit on the liquor licenses in Jamestown. Councilwoman Willis stated that we do have limited overnight accommodations and there should not be too much worry that we will turn into Newport.
  38. Planning Commission Recommendation: No change necessary.

  39. Question on whether the Town would be able to sell public facility land in the future. The Solicitor stated that there are procedures in place to change both the Comprehensive Plan designation and the Zoning on land if needed.
  40. Planning Commission Recommendation: No change necessary.

  41. Council President Settipane - Page 148 - Change DM Zone to DC per the zone change in 2001.
  42. Planning Commission Recommendation: Change as indicated.

  43. Bill Munger - Page 154 - He thinks that "recommend" in the first sentence should be "the Town should consider" and the Harbor Management Commission should advise the Town not work in cooperation with in the last sentence.
  44. Planning Commission Recommendation: Change as follows.

    It is therefore recommended that the currently established ceiling for moorings and slips be maintained by both the Town and the Coastal Resources Management Council and that the Harbor Management Commission manage the harbor to that number. This will allow the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinances to be established with a finite limit on the ability for the Commercial Waterfront district to support these activities. Any future expansion in the number of commercial moorings and slips should be allowed only if adequate additional landside support, parking, public access, sanitary facilities, etc., are provided. Further, the Harbor Management Commission, in cooperation with the Town, should work shall advise the Town to provide those amenities to support the existing moorings to relieve the strain on the village district.

    CIRCULATION

  45. Page 271 - change "Amend" to consider amending in the following actions:
  1. Amend Zoning Ordinance to include parking standards for all types of commercial businesses.
  2. Amend Zoning Ordinance to ensure commercial parking is located within commercial zones.

Planning Commission Recommendation: No change necessary.

  1. Bill Munger - Clarify the location of the Boat Storage Facility as follows:
  2. Conanicut Marina presently has 50 parking spaces at their Taylor Point Boat Storage Facility behind the Police Station, accommodating customers that require extended or overnight marina parking. The Zoning Board recently denied a proposal by Conanicut Marina for 200 178 new parking spaces at Taylor Point. These spaces were proposed to accommodate all current and future existing Conanicut Marina customers during the summer months. The Zoning Board denied the application in October 2000. The Zoning Board denial stated primarily that the applicant could not prove that the application would not negatively impact the neighborhood.

    Planning Commission Recommendation: Change as follows:

    Conanicut Marina presently has 50 parking spaces at their Taylor Point Boat Storage Facility behind the Police Station, accommodating customers that require extended or overnight marina parking. The Zoning Board recently denied a proposal by Conanicut Marina for 200 178 new additional parking spaces at Taylor Point. These spaces were proposed to accommodate all current and future Conanicut Marina customers during the summer months. The Zoning Board denied the application in October 2000 for a variety of reasons. The Zoning Board denial stated primarily that the applicant could not prove that the application would not negatively impact the neighborhood.

    HOUSING

  3. Councilman Littman - the affordability gap figures should be more current than 1990. The Planner explained that since the full 2000 Census is not released at this time that in many instances, 1990 figures must be used. Many figures were updated from 1980 Census to 1990. The next update will benefit from the full 2000 Census figures.
  4. Planning Commission Recommendation: No change necessary.

  5. Page 196 - States that Affordable housing should be scattered throughout downtown and be consistent with the existing neighborhood character. The commenter felt that it should be sited wherever needed throughout the island.
  6. Planning Commission Recommendation: Change as follows:

    Affordable housing should be scattered throughout downtown sited wherever needed throughout the island and be consistent with the existing neighborhood character.

    PUBLIC SERVICES AND FACILITIES

  7. Sherrie Lussier - Page 212 - Questioned the need to state what the previous highway garage committee recommended. The Solicitor stated that it was historical information similar to much of the document. Council President Settipane stated that he feels that it should stay but that a date should be added as follows:
  8. The Town has been directed by the US Government to utilize the building in accordance with the original intent of the land transfer or to purchase the property. In 1999 A Town Council appointed Committee recommends a new location for a Highway Garage on a Town owned parcel east of the current transfer station.

    Planning Commission Recommendation: Change as suggested.

  9. Council President Settipane stated that he would like more updated figures for the Fiscal Analysis on Page 202.
  10. Planning Commission Recommendation: No change necessary because the figures in the Fiscal Analysis table are cited throughout the section and is only one year out of date.

  11. Council President Settipane stated that he would like the chart on Page 208 entitled Public Elementary and High School Enrollment to be a table instead to show the actual numbers and add a column showing total school age children as follows:
  12. Year

    Elementary

    High School

    Total School Age Children

    2001-2002

    To be filled

    In …

    2000-2001

    1999-2000

    668

    188

    1998-1999

    669

    191

    1997-1998

    668

    210

    1997-1996

    657

    182

    1996-1995

    636

    184

    1995-1994

    633

    179

    1994-1993

    576

    181

    1993-1992

    563

    166

  13. Sav Rebecchi - Page 213 - stated that the 500,000 gallons per day figure was impossible as follows:
  14. The Jamestown Public Water Supply has a pre-treatment facility located at South Reservoir. This facility pre-treats between 180,000 to 500,000 gallons per day. This total is 350,000 gallons per day in 1999. Flow monitoring pre-treatment consists of pH adjustment and chlorine dioxide (CLO2) added for disinfection, bleaching for odor, color, and taste. In 1991, the Town constructed a new water treatment and filtration plant with automated controls. The water treatment process is upflow clarafloculator filtration package units, pH adjustments, disinfection, and corrosion control.

    I spoke to Steve Goslee and he indicated that this statement is correct. He said that pre-treat is the operative word.

    Planning Commission Recommendation: No change necessary.

  15. There was a question on over 50% of the people using the transfer station and it is more like 40%. The Town Planner researched that 1800 transfer station stickers were sold in 2001. There are approximately 2640 homes of which over 1500 utilize private curb side pickup.
  16. Planning Commission Recommendation: No change necessary. Over 50% Is an accurate statement.

  17. School enrollment has gone down slightly over the last two years. Not reflected by table on Page 208.
  18. Planning Commission Recommendation: See #37 above.

  19. Sav Rebecchi - Commented that the buildout was stretched out from 2022 to 2040.
  20. Planning Commission Recommendation: No change necessary.

  21. Sav Rebecchi - Page 240 - Objects to the statement in Buildout findings as follows:
  22. There are already many instances of wells running dry in this area. They are unofficially reported due to the threat of loss of real estate value.

    The Council discussed striking the second sentence.

    Planning Commission Recommendation: Change as follows.

    Another projected area of high growth is the Jamestown Shores neighborhood, which could increase approximately 33 percent. An increase of this magnitude in the Jamestown Shores neighborhood under current conditions will result in the potential for groundwater pollution from numerous ISDS in close proximity to private wells. With the during drought conditions in the past two summers, there is a risk of wells running dry and salt-water intrusion. There are already many instances of wells running dry in this area. They are unofficially reported due to the threat of loss of real estate value. To avoid these potentially hazardous situations, local regulation and control over development is necessary.

  23. Council President Settipane - Question for Solicitor regarding whether designating a property as public facility on the Future Land Use Map would mandate public Zoning in the future? The Solicitor would respond at the next meeting.
  24. The Hearing was continued until March 11.

    Planning Commission Recommendation: No change necessary.

    March 11, 2002 - Continued Public Hearing

    44. Town Solicitor Bruce Leach began the hearing with his response to the question posed by Council President Settipane at the end of the last meeting. His response was:

    Jamestown currently has in place a mechanism to allow for public facilities in most zones. Therefore, it is in compliance with the Comprehensive Plan as it is currently written and approved by the State. The creation of a public Zone would also be in compliance with the Comprehensive Plan and the sites designated as Public Facilities.

  25. Sherrie Lussier - wanted clarification on relationship between public facility on map and public zone.
  26. Planning Commission Recommendation: No change necessary.

  27. Mrs. O'Neil - wanted clarification on public facilities vs. public zoning.
  28. Planning Commission Recommendation: No change necessary.

  29. Dan O'Neil - Wants lot 47 taken off "Public Facility" category on the Future Land Use Map. A pole was taken of the Town Council on this issue. The responses were as follows:
  30. Councilor Littman - Keep in Public Facility category

    Councilor Willis - Remove from Public Facility category

    Council President Settipane - Keep in Public Facility category

    Councilor Long - Keep in Public Facility category

    Councilor Swain - Keep in Public Facility category

    Planning Commission Recommendation: No change necessary.

    GENERAL COMMENTS:

  31. Council Vice President Swain - made a suggestion regarding the updating of data. The Planning Commission made it very clear that the data in the plan is current as of April 1, 2000 unless otherwise noted. The Town Planner indicated that no 2000 Census information was available as of that date. When the population information became available, the Buildout and Population sections were updated. Council Vice President Swain suggested that a fact sheet be inserted at the beginning of the document giving current facts such as school population, number of registered voters, number of households etc…

Planning Commission Recommendation: See #20 from December 6, 2001 Workshop. This sheet should also include updated significant figures.

Saverio Rebecchi stated that he is very impressed with the Comprehensive Community Plan and told the Planning Commissioners what a good job they did.

Commissioner Schnack made a motion that was seconded by Commissioner Aibel to send a memo and a copy of the Public Hearing Comments with the Planning Commissions recommendations to the Town Council. So unanimously voted.

  1. New Business – nothing at this time

A motion was made by Commissioner Schnack and seconded by Commissioner Hubbard to continue the Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendments until the next work session meeting. So unanimously voted.

A motion was made by Commissioner Schnack and seconded by Commissioner Barker to adjourn the meeting at 10:06 p.m. So unanimously voted.

Attest:

Cinthia L. Reppe