PLANNING COMMISSION MINUTES

June 19, 2002

7:30 PM

Jamestown Library

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

Rob Lambert Laura Aibel

Michael Schnack Sue Barker

Mary Brennan Gary Girard

Also present:

Lisa Bryer, AICP – Town Planner

Cinthia Reppe – Recording Clerk

Douglas DeSimone – Town Solicitor

Richard Pastore – Town Engineer Consultant

Michaela Kennedy

Richard Allphin

  1. Reading and Approval of Minutes from June 5, 2002
  2. A motion was made by Commissioner Brennan and seconded by Commissioner Girard to accept the minutes as written. So unanimously voted. Commissioner Girard Abstains.

  3. Correspondence
  1. DEM – Request for Preliminary Determination application – David Thurston, 181 Lloyd Rd., Saunderstown, RI 02874; Plat 16 Lot 12. Recieved
  2. CRMC – June 2002 Calendar. Recieved
  3. FYI – Quonset Davisville Liaison Committee Approved Minutes. Recieved
  4. FYI – Memo to Town Council re- Zoning Ordinance Amendment related to Section 709. Recieved
  1. Citizen’s Non Agenda Item
  2. Reports
    1. Town Planner’s Submitted Report
    2. Town Committees
    3. Sub Committees

Commissioner Barker stated that they need volunteers to water the new trees at the library. Commissioner Brennan stated that she will have her daughters Erin and Cate Brennan help her with watering the trees.

Commissioner Hubbard arrives at 7:40 p.m.

Commissioner Barker said a tree inventory will be done on July 13, 2002 at 8:00 a.m. She also stated that the Tree Committee was questioning some damage done to the trees on Knowles Court.

  1. Old Business
    1. Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment- related to High Groundwater Table Section 308.
    2. Mr. Pastore addressed the Planning Commission regarding stormwater management and ISDS design criteria and asked them for their comment regarding these issues. A discussion ensued with the Planning Commission giving input to Mr. Pastore who will update the changes and forward them to Douglas DeSimone. The Planning Commission will take a look at the final document at the next meeting.

    3. Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment related to Open Space/ Public Zones
    4. Commissioner Brennan stated that if the Town Council wants to change what the Planning Commission has done on this proposed ordinance amendment than they can change it themselves. The Planning Commission worked long and hard on this document and felt that it was in order and appropriate. Commissioner Girard stated that it is very frustrating to take all this time to do all this work and have it keep coming back. Commissioner Hubbard stated that we might want to look at minor changes. The Planning Commission discussed and made some adjustments to the proposed amendment. Commissioner Girard made a motion to return this Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment related to Open Space/ Public Zones to the Town Council with the changes. Commissioner Barker seconded the motion. So unanimously voted.

    5. Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment – related to maximum size of accessory structures Section 311.

Commissioner Schnack made a motion seconded by Commissioner Barker to table this issue until the next meeting. So unanimously voted.

VI. New Business

    1. Discussion of Meeting time
    2. Commissioner Girard stated that maybe the Planning Commission should have an official ending time to their meetings, like some of the other committees do. Commissioner Lambert made a motion to put on the next agenda a change to the by laws stating that if the meeting is to continue past 10:00 p.m. it will require a majority vote. So unanimously voted.

    3. Election of Officers

Commissioner Schnack made a motion that was seconded by Commissioner Barker to nominate the current slate of officers on the Planning Commission for a second year. So unanimously voted.

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

Attest:

Cinthia Reppe

Recording Clerk