***** UNAPPROVED MINUTES *****
PLANNING COMMISSION MINUTES
May 7, 2003
The meeting was called to order at 7:34 p.m. and the following members were present:
Gary Girard Andrew Kallfelz
Sue Barker Betty Hubbard
Victor Calabretta Jean Brown
Lisa Bryer, AICP Town Planner
Cinthia Reppe Recording Clerk
Charles Morton Supervisor New England Construction
Scott Price Engineer Northeast Engineers
Kevin Alverson Asst. Landscape Architect Gifford Design Group
Peter Brockmann Attorney
Alan Stacy Chairman of Building Council Central Baptist Church
A motion was made by Commissioner Hubbard and seconded by Commissioner Barker to accept the minutes as written. So unanimously voted.
Commissioner Kallfelz reported that the Harbor Commission is still working on 5 or 6 issues relating to their Comprehensive Plan.
Charles Morton Supervisor New England Construction presented the Planning Commission with the renderings of the proposed addition to the building. Commissioner Kallfelz stated that the current building appears to have more moulding and trim that is not not shown on the renderings of the new addition. Mr. Morton stated that they are trying to blend with what is there now. Commissioner Kallfelz stated that since this is such a prominent building downtown and is the first building seen when coming into town its appearance is extremely important and attention should be paid to detail to make it as appealing as possible. Commissioner Kallfelz clarified that he is not asking them to recreate the historical appearance prior to the 1938 hurricane but feel that character was lost from the building at that point and that we do not want to see another slip in building character with this addition. It should at least match the character of what is there now and cited several architectural elements (listed below). Commissioner Hubbard questioned the width of the handicap access. Sterling Graham stated that he feels it is adequate, at 3 feet wide. Mr. Morton stated if there is enough room it will be wider. Commissioner Hubbard requested that the front roof line be altered.
Kevin Alverson said that aesthetically they would be enhancing the addition with shrubs that are equivalent to the existing landscape. It was suggested that Mr. Alverson coordinate with the town on placing a tree in the easement. Some of the roses will be moved out of harms way during construction and then will be returned. Commissioner Barker stated that there is a mens room and childrens and unisex restroom but no ladies room. Mr. Stacy commented that all of the restrooms are unisex.
Scott Price, Engineer from Northeast Engineers stated that he had just received the report from the Town Engineer Consultant Richard Pastore. Mr. Pastore would like to meet with Mr. Price to discuss the report. Commissioner Calabretta is very concerned about the runoff. He asked Mr. Price if he would be correct in assuming that the majority of the water east of the roof line would go to the back of the building and then on to the Lopes property that abuts the Church. The Town Engineer and Mr. Price will meet to discuss the drainage issues. Commissioner Calabretta stated that we need to be sure that runoff from this property is handled on site as much as possible
Peter Brockmann Attorney from John Murphys office asked that the Planning Commission approve this tonight with conditions. The Planning Commission does not feel comfortable doing this given the outstanding issues. They committed that if everything is completed they will schedule this for the 2nd meeting in May. The following issues were asked for by the Planning Commission in addition to Mr. Price meeting with Mr. Pastore and addressing all the drainage issues:
Commissioner Girard asked the Planning Commission to take New Business 1. before Old Business 2. All Commissioners agreed.
Mr. House presented the plan to the Commission. A motion was made by Commissioner Kallfelz and seconded by Commissioner Calabretta to Grant Preliminary Plan approval in accordance with the Town of Jamestown Subdivision Regulations, RIGL 45-23-37 and the plans entitled "Minor Subdivision for Owners of lot 663, William P. & Ellen E. House and Owners of Lot 772 Ellen E. House, Barbara Tanguy and Franklin J. Watson; Plat 9 Lots 663 and 772, Jamestown, RI; prepared by James P. Lawless, RLS, 60 Sunset View Blvd. Wakefield, RI 02879, 401-789-7073; dated revised April 10, 03 based on the following Findings of Fact and subject to the following Conditions of Approval:
A. Findings of Fact
The Planning Commission makes the following findings:
B. Conditions of Approval
So unanimously voted.
V. Old Business (continued)
2. Discussion of Parking Workshop
Commissioner Girard asked the Planning Commission how they want to approach this. Commissioner Girard agrees with the facilitator in getting all the groups together to do this.
The Commission reviewed all of the charts from the workshop and discussed some of the issues. Commissioner Kallfelz prepared an outline and has some ideas for an upcoming meeting regarding this issue and will get together with the Town Planner.
VI. New Business (continued)
A motion was made by Commissioner Girard and seconded by Commissioner Barker to recommend that the Tree Committee eliminate the proposed new paragraph pg. 7 C-2 which reads:
All trees, both public and privately owned, along public roadways shall be maintained by the owners(s) of said trees to a minimum height of 14 (fourteen feet) above the roadway in order to provide safe public passage.
So unanimously voted.
The Planning Commission did not feel that this is necessary and will place undue burden on the Town of Jamestown. The Public Works Department does a good job and addresses tree trimming on a regular basis and as best they can.
A motion was made by Commissioner Hubbard and seconded by Commissioner Girard to recommend to the Tree Committee that they are in favor of the amendments to page 5 B 1.f Hazard Control, with the following change: remove
have the authority. in the first sentence.
So unanimously voted.
A motion was made by Commissioner Kallfelz and seconded by Commissioner Barker to adjourn the meeting at 9:50 p.m. So unanimously voted.
Cinthia L. Reppe