***** UNAPPROVED MINUTES *****
PLANNING COMMISSION MINUTES
The meeting was called to order at and the following members were present:
Gary Girard Victor Calabretta
Betty Hubbard Jean Brown
William Kelly Barry
Lisa Bryer, AICP – Town Planner
Cinthia Reppe – Recording Clerk
Mike Gray – Town Engineer
John Lawless – Engineer, Whale Rock Engineering, LLC
Melanie Jewitt – Barbara Sokoloff and Associates
Brigid Ryan – Church Community Housing
Bruce Bartlett – Church Community Housing
I. Approval of Minutes from
A motion was made by Commissioner Calabretta and seconded by Commissioner Kelly .to accept the minutes as written. So unanimously voted. Commissioner Holland Abstains.
Approval of Minutes from
A motion was made by Commissioner Calabretta and seconded by Commissioner Kelly to accept the minutes with the following changes:
Page 4., New Business 1, last sentence in the first paragraph: add A simple ordinance can help
boards get better development. The abutters should be included in any walk too.
So unanimously voted.
III. Citizen’s Non Agenda Item – nothing at this time
1. Town Planner’s Report
2. Town Committees
Commissioner Girard read a memo from Commissioner Kallfelz regarding the last meeting that stated:
Commission is in receipt of Planners letter and comments regarding the proposed boat rack at East Ferry. The topic of the boat rack will be placed on the agenda for the next HC meeting. The HC is generally in agreement with the planners comments regarding location of the rack.
The HC discussed at length the need to comply with Dept. of Interior requirements regarding the balance of use on the wood pile pier. The is discussion is continuing and the direction seems to be that the HC will propose some additional dock facility at East Ferry (and likely attached to the wood pile pier) that would be dedicated for recreational boating. The other topics at the meeting were not particularly relevant to planning.
The memo also mentioned that Commissioner Kallfelz would like to nominate Commissioner Hubbard to be a member of a subcommittee to work on the Affordable Housing Plan.
Survey results have been tallied and a preliminary report will be given at tomorrows meeting.
c. Buildings and Facilities
3. Sub Committees
V. New Business
1. Single Family Home of Krista N. Delyi – Development Plan Review in RR 200
Lawless a registered professional engineer representing Krista Delyi. Gave a brief report on this application. The property is 29,000 sq. feet with plans
for a single family home to be constructed on the property. The property is relatively flat and no wetlands
are in the vicinity of the site. They
will install a siltation fence during construction
for protection from soil erosion and sediment control. They will be installing
an Adventex system that has been approved by DEM. This application meets the requirements of
section 801. Commissioner Hubbard
questioned how much gravel will be used.
Lawless stated it could be 12 inches. A discussion ensued with the
planning commissioners and Mr. Lawless.
Mr. Mike Gray, Town Engineer went to the site and reviewed the design
plan and drainage computations. There
are limitations to the volume that the chambers can hold. Regarding the increase in runoff, it would be
nice to have measures in place to accommodate those storms. Mr. Lawless stated there will be overflow
relief. He doesn’t have soil
characteristics but all of the increase in volume was considered in the
figures. Mike Gray stated that because
of the watershed haybales should be placed along the
silt fence on the down grading side. The
frontage of property on
Gary Girard – Aye Victor Calabretta – Aye
Betty Hubbard – Aye William Kelly – Aye
Jean Macgregor Brown – Aye Barry Holland - Aye
Motion carries by a vote of 6-0
VI. Old Business
Commissioner Girard asked Lisa Bryer, Town Planner to go over all the changes. Ms. Bryer stated that the document has been reorganized to flow better and be more user friendly. They removed duplicate information and bulleted where possible. The implementation section was refined and all recommendations were put in implementation not in the analysis sections. The definition of Affordable Housing was moved to the front of the document. Commissioner Girard asked if there is priority given to Jamestowners? To the greatest extent that we can, we have emphasized this. RI Housing wants the figures of 2000 income level and current housing costs, Commissioner Girard questioned this and Melanie Jewitt from Barbara Sokoloff’s office says they will not accept it unless it is done this way. A statement should be added that says we are fully aware of the data differences from 2000 to 2004. The goal is making it a more convincing and understandable document.
Brigid Ryan from Church Community Housing stated we are trying to meet a state requirement. Commissioner Hubbard stated she could not afford to buy her house right now and that many people on the island are in the same situation. Commissioner Kelly suggests to compile the information and take the comments and get clarification. The planning commission would like to form a subcommittee to move this process along faster since there is a deadline. Lisa Bryer suggested lets focus tonight on the strategies. Commissioners Hubbard, Brown and Kelly are interested in being on this sub committee.
Lets move on to strategies and if there are problems with tables and numbers or typos give to the subcommittee.
the zoning ordinance. Put in the 2 per
street number that they came up with as far as it would only be 2 affordable
houses per street in the village even if all lots were developed as
anticipated. Town Planner Lisa Bryer stated none of the funding sources will be the sole
answer by itself, it will take all of them together to provide the gap funding
that we need. A discussion regarding
when does an impact fee come into place ensued.
Are fair share development fees feasible for
A motion to continue the meeting past was made by Commissioner Hubbard it was seconded by Commissioner Calabretta. So unanimously voted.
asked how density bonuses would affect the character of
asked what about the lots that people are paying taxes on, that they cannot
build on at this time? Several
commissioners have serious concerns about increasing density. The Planner discussed transferring
development rights from areas that have environmental issues such as the
Commissioner Girard made a motion that was seconded by Commissioner Calabretta to let the subcommittee make the changes to this plan and present this at the next Planning meeting for approval. So unanimously voted.
2. Jamestown Land Bank and Affordable Housing Trust Act- (continued) – review and comment
Commissioner Hubbard stated that we should speed up the action on this issue and it should be part of the housing plan funding sources. This item should be continued until a later date for discussion. Probably the second meeting in October.
A motion to adjourn was made by Commissioner Calabretta and seconded by Commissioner Girard at So unanimously voted.
Cinthia Reppe This meeting was recorded on 1 micro-cassette