PLANNING COMMISSION MINUTES
December 18, 2002
The meeting was called to order at 7:34p.m. the following members were present:
Rob Lambert Gary Girard
Mary Brennan Betty Hubbard
Victor Calabretta Michael Schnack
Lisa Bryer, AICP – Town Planner
Cinthia Reppe – Recording Clerk
John Murphy – Attorney
A motion was made by Commissioner Schnack and seconded by Commissioner Girard to accept the minutes as written. So unanimously voted.
Commissioner Hubbard commented on item number 2. She asked that the proposed aquaculture ordinance be put on a future agenda if there is time for it. Commissioner Girard supports this idea. Town Planner Lisa Bryer stated that the Planning Commission has approved this proposed ordinance but has not yet sent it to the Town Council. Ms. Bryer will take a look at the status and report back to the Commission.
VI. New Business
1. Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment related to Parking, Section 1203
Commissioner Calabretta recused himself and left the table.
Mr. Arthur Milot, resident, commented on this proposed ordinance stating that anything that puts businesses at less risk is not good and this proposed zoning ordinance amendment is going down the wrong path. He wants to keep the Ordinance as is.
Attorney John Murphy representing the Jamestown Chamber of Commerce stated Bristol exempts their downtown businesses from parking requirements. Mr. Murphy asked that the Planning Commission find this proposal consistent with the Comprehensive Community Plan, and then stated that this will eliminate a huge burden that exists now to the business owners.
Commissioner Barker arrives at 8:05 p.m.
Commissioner Girard wants to set a schedule to look at the parking issues and would like input from the Chamber of Commerce.
Commissioner Schnack agrees there is a problem and it needs to be looked at. The problem is with zoning, and the ordinance should apply to everybody. We should fix the ordinance and not ignore it.
Commissioner Lambert stated that when a business goes before zoning, it is the process that has value to the community and it should not be taken away. It is a good process.
Commissioner Hubbard stated that the Planning Commission is not the body that is causing the difficulty.
After further discussion a motion was made by Commissioner Girard and seconded by Commissioner Lambert to recommend denial for the reasons stated in the Memorandum from the Planner. The motion follows:
"To recommend the Town Council deny the proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment related to Parking as submitted by the Chamber of Commerce on November 25, 2002 to the Jamestown Town Council. This denial is recommended based upon the following findings of fact and consistency with the Comprehensive Plan.
A. FINDINGS OF FACT
B. CONSISTENCY WITH THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN
The Planning Commission finds that the petition is not consistent with the Jamestown Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan states that the following actions shall be taken in regards to parking:
The proposed amendment does not provide parking standards for all types of commercial businesses and is not based upon a comprehensive parking study that addresses future needs including private lot usage."
So unanimously voted.
Commissioner Calabretta returns to the table. Commissioner Girard stated that this item should be put on the first agenda of the new year and Commissioner Schnack agreed. Commissioner Girard stated that the Planning Commission wants to work with the businesses and community needs. A motion was made by Commissioner Girard and seconded by Commissioner Schnack to have the Town Planner review the calendar and place downtown parking and proposed parking area changes on the first agenda. So unanimously voted.
There will be no election of officers until after the Town Council makes an appointment to the Planning Commission on January 13.
Everybody thanked Commissioner Lambert for a job well done and told him he will be missed.
A motion was made by Commissioner Schnack and seconded by Commissioner Lambert to adjourn the meeting at 8:28 p.m. So unanimously voted.