***** UNAPPROVED MINUTES *****
PLANNING COMMISSION MINUTES
The meeting was called to order at 7:35 p.m. and the following members were present:
Lisa Bryer, AICP – Town Planner
Cinthia Reppe – Recording Clerk
A motion was made by Commissioner Hubbard and seconded by Commissioner Calabretta
to accept the minutes as written. So unanimously voted.
Commissioner Barker reported that the Tree Committee has asked the Town Council to reconsider the height requirement for tree trimming to 18 feet.
Commissioner Girard welcomed the new member Commissioner Barry Holland who was sitting in the audience for the evening since he was not sworn in yet.
The Town Planner discussed options with the Planning Commission regarding reviewing Section 1203 of the Zoning Ordinance and the policies and actions listed in the Comprehensive Plan related to parking. The Planning Commission then discussed what, if any, kind of a further parking analysis is necessary and what kind of information they need in order to review Section 1203. The Planning Commission did not feel that further parking analysis needed to be conducted at this time.
Bill Munger a representative from the Chamber of Commerce informed the Planning Commission that the Chamber is doing an internal parking survey and it should be completed within the next month. Commissioner Hubbard asked if the private parking lots are fully utilized during peak times. Commissioner Kallfelz asked if there is a map informing us of what streets are used for parking. Town Planner Lisa Bryer stated that there is not a map and that parking is allowed on every residential street. A discussion ensued and the general consensus of the Commissioners was that parking needs to be addressed in the following zones; CW, CD, CL. Commissioner Kallfelz asked if the burden to the businesses downtown that the chamber keeps referring to is caused by the lack of parking or the zoning requirements? Mr. Munger stated that the biggest problem is the waterfront areas both east and west ferry and that if you solve where boaters are to park then you solve the parking problem. This issue will be discussed again at the February 19th meeting after some information is collected from the Chamber and from other towns. A joint meeting with the Harbor Commission and the Chamber will be scheduled for March 19, 2003.
VI. New Business
A discussion ensued regarding prioritizing these actions. The Planning Commission will let the different groups know what actions they are responsible for, for example the Town Council, Historical Society, etc. The following list is the order in which the Planning Commission will address these issues;
Commissioner Brown stated that the Planning Commission should get together with the PTO to give a training course to the children of Jamestown in bicycle safety. Commissioner Brown will look into this.
The Planning Commission would like to defer this issue until the Town Solicitor will be present at the meeting.
Commissioner Barker made a motion that was seconded by Commissioner Hubbard to appoint Commissioner Girard as chairperson. So unanimously voted.
A motion was made by Commissioner Girard and seconded by Commissioner Barker to appoint Commissioner Kallfelz as vice chair. So unanimously voted.
A motion was made by Commissioner Girard and seconded by Commissioner Hubbard to appoint Commissioner Barker as Secretary. So unanimously voted. A motion to adjourn was made by Commissioner Kallfelz and seconded by Commissioner Calabretta at 9:03 p.m. So unanimously voted.