May 1, 2002

7:30 PM

Jamestown Library

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m. and the following members were present:

Rob Lambert Gary Girard

Mary Brennan Victor Calabretta

Laura Aibel Betty Hubbard

Andrew Kallfelz

Also present:

Lisa Bryer, AICP, Town Planner

Cinthia Reppe – Recording Clerk

Douglas DeSimone – Town Solicitor

John Murphy – Attorney

Mr. & Mrs. Richard Eannarino

Richard Allphin

David Swain

John Howard

Abby Campbell

Eric Galley

Michaela Kennedy

Frank Scotti

  1. Reading and Approval of Minutes from April 17,2002
  2. A motion was made by Commissioner Girard and seconded by Commissioner Brennan to accept the minutes as written. All in Favor. Rob Lambert, Andrew Kallfelz, Laura Aibel –Abstain.

  3. Correspondence – nothing at this time
  1. Citizen’s Non Agenda Item
  2. Attorney John Murphy representing Mr. And Mrs. Richard Eannarino – Knowles Ct. handed out a plan/drawing of 35 Knowles Ct. to the Planning Commission. He also gave a brief update on both applications for 35 Knowles Ct. and 28 Narragansett Ave., which include gravel parking and a reduction to 2 ˝ stories on Knowles Ct.

    Commissioner Schnack arrives at 7:37 p.m.

    Abby Campbell asked the Planning Commission for their support in preserving Historic Jamestown. She stated that she would like a Committee to be formed, because at this time there is nothing to preserve the historic buildings and landmarks in Jamestown. Dick Allphin stated that as a Zoning Board member that the Zoning Ordinance states that historic buildings should be preserved but there are no tools to help do it. Commissioner Brennan stated that she would like to recommend this issue to the Town Council. Commissioner Lambert stated that the issue of Historic Districts is specifically addressed in the proposed update of the Comprehensive Plan. The Town Planner clarified that it was slated for further public consensus through the next Community Survey because this was not a consensus in the last survey that we should form Historic Districts. John Howard stated that a Committee needs to be formed. Abby Campbell asked the Planning Commission to endorse this idea. Commissioner Kallfelz asked if the Planning Commission could take a vote on this. Town Solicitor Douglas DeSimone stated that a vote cannot be taken at this time because it was not an agenda item. Commissioner Girard asked that this issue be put on a future agenda. Eric Galley stated that the Historic Landscape needs to be considered too. Commissioner Hubbard stated that this issue needs to be put on a future agenda as soon as possible.

    Eric Galley handed out a memo dated March 4, 1999 from the Planning Commission to the Town Council regarding Fort Wetherill being used as the Highway Garage and that a new facility for the Highway Garage needs to be a top priority since the use of this building for a Highway Garage is not appropriate.

  3. Reports
    1. Town Planner’s Submitted Report
    2. Town Planner Lisa Bryer showed the Planning Commission a picture of a new awning with lattice work on four corners that Trattoria Simpatico will be putting up for the summer months. This was approved administratively. Lisa Bryer reminded the Planning Commissioners that will be attending the Land Use Workshop that it will take place over the next three weeks beginning tomorrow.

      Town Committees

      Commissioner Schnack reported that the Harbor Management Commission has been working on the rewrite of the Harbor Management Ordinance and it is in a Draft Form.

    3. Sub Committees
  1. Old Business
    1. Ocean State Scuba – proposed change to approved Development Plan
    2. David Swain presented the Planning Commission with the proposed changes to the south side of the pool enclosure. David Swain stated that he feels the use of shingles without the screening as proposed will fit more with the surrounding area. The Planning Commission discussed this issue and decided that a more detailed rendition needs to be shown in order for the Planning Commission to understand what is being proposed and to make a change to the original approval. A motion was made by Commissioner Schnack and seconded by Commissioner Aibel to table this issue until a more detailed drawing is submitted to the Planning Commission that shows the proposed changes to the entire building including already changed features. So unanimously voted.

    3. Scotti – Development Plan Review within RR-200 (per Article 8)

Mr. Scotti explained to the Planning Commission that the original intention of turning the barn into a dwelling on this piece of property has changed. He would like to construct a separate house and when the construction has completed he would then remove the improvements that were made to the Barn structure. The Planning Commission discussed this issue and made the following recommendations;

    1. State on the approved plan what is to occur:

Commissioner Calabretta suggested that the Town Planner approve this administratively.

Commissioner Brennan made a motion that was seconded by Commissioner Lambert to approve this plan with the following recommendations written on the plan:

    1. State on the approved plan what is to occur:

So unanimously voted.

    1. Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment- related to the Protection of Critical Water Resources
    2. Commissioner Aibel leaves at 9:25 p.m.

      Town Solicitor Douglas DeSimone gave a synopsis of the changes that were made to the proposed amendment. A discussion ensued regarding the changes. A motion was made by Commissioner Girard and seconded by Commissioner Calabretta to make the changes that were discussed and forward this to the Town Engineer for a written report and to send a copy to the Conservation Commission. The Planning Commission will review this for a possible recommendation to the Town Council at an upcoming meeting. So unanimously voted.

    3. Comprehensive Community Plan Update – Discussion
    4. Commissioner Girard made a motion that was seconded by Commissioner Calabretta to forward the proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Community Plan with the changes that were recommended at the Town Council meeting to the Town Council. So unanimously voted.

    5. Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment – relating to Article 7 Section 709 – Adjacent non-conforming lots of Record under the same ownership

A discussion ensued and the Planning Commission made suggestions. Town Planner Lisa Bryer will revise this proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment and come back at a future meeting.

VI. New Business

1. Proposed Revisions to the Jamestown Water & Sewer Rules & Regulations

A motion was made by Commissioner Brennan and was seconded by Commissioner Schnack to send a letter to the Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners opposing the proposed change to Section 14 B of the Regulations. 7 Commissioners in Favor, Commissioner Lambert Opposed.

A motion was made by Commissioner Schnack and seconded by Commissioner Calabretta to adjourn the meeting at 11:00 p.m. So unanimously voted.


Cinthia Reppe