***** UNAPPROVED MINUTES *****
PLANNING COMMISSION MINUTES
The meeting was called to order at and the following members were present:
Gary Girard Andrew Kallfelz
Betty Hubbard Jean Macgregor Brown
William Kelly Barry
Lisa Bryer, AICP – Town Planner
Mike Gray – Town Engineer
Barbara Sokoloff – Barbara Sokoloff and Associates
Melanie Jewett – Barbara Sokoloff and Associates
Brigid Ryan – Church Community Housing Corporation
Bruce Bartlett – Church Community Housing Corporation
Michael and Janice Dutton
Joseph Palumbo – Attorney
Robert C. Cournoyer – RC Cournoyer Enterprises
Rob Smedberg – Engineer – Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.
Tina McIntyre – Conanicut Realty
Approval of Minutes from
A motion was made by Commissioner Kelly and seconded by Commissioner Girard to accept the minutes with the grammatical errors pointed out by Commissioner Holland amended. Page 2 Last paragraph beginning of second sentence, Delyi, gave a
Page 2 Last paragraph fourth sentence siltation
Page 3 First paragraph see punctuation marks as follows in bold:
It would provide extra safety. They are not sure if
So unanimously voted. Commissioner Kallfelz abstains.
1. Question 8: $70,000,000 Open Space, Recreation, Bay and Watershed Protection Bond. Received.
III. Citizen’s Non Agenda Item – Nothing at this time
1. Town Planner’s Report
2. Town Committees
c. Buildings and Facilities
d. Others: Tree
is a movement to designate the forest at the schools to a
3. Sub Committees
V. Public Hearing
1. Housing Element Amendment of the 2002
Comprehensive Community Plan
entitled Town of
Barbara Sokoloff gave a brief overview of the plan and the amendments that were made since the last meeting. She gave a power point presentation showing the changes.
On Page 6 Town Employees - first paragraph at the end, instead of second paragraph – shorten second paragraph and add into first paragraph.
Suggestion made to keep in both the overlay district as well as the transfer of development rights strategy. All agreed.
Charts need to be checked. Some do not add up. Table 2: Total units. Table 7: check numbers.
The Chair opened up the floor to Public comment on the Housing Plan. No residents spoke on the issue.
A motion was made by Commissioner Hubbard and seconded by Commissioner Girard to approve the Affordable Housing Plan as an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan and incorporate it by reference in the Plan and forward it to the Town Council. The Hearing was continued to a date to be announced so the Planning Commission could consider any recommended significant changes by the Town Council at a later date.
VI. New Business
1. Dutton Minor (1 new lot)/Administrative
(4 existing lots) Subdivision with Street Creation –
Joe Palumbo presented the application including the abandonment of the streets
through the Newport County Superior Court.
They want to continue maintaining
This application will be discussed again when resubmitted by the applicant.
2. Straight Property Minor – 2 lot –
Rob Smedberg, an engineer representing VHB made a presentation of the proposed subdivision. The parcel is 2 ½ acres; they want to create two lots in the R40. The lot is wooded and there are 2 existing wetlands on site. They have 2 approved wells and ISDS’s. Mr. Smedberg would like approval with all the conditions that were suggested by the town engineer.
Commissioner Girard asked for comments. Commissioner Brown asked, is there anyway to
turn around down there? Mike Gray stated
there that it is a
The Planning Commissioners were all in favor of continuing the meeting until
The engineer stated he could not accommodate
the grading for the septic on his own lot so he needed a grading easement. Commissioner Kelly stated the water drains
Commissioner Kallfelz made a motion that this application be denied for failing to meet a number of standards in our subdivision regulations, without prejudice. Commissioner Hubbard made a second on the motion. Lisa Bryer stated that the board is not happy with this proposal, and it is their decision. Commissioner Kelly suggested that Lisa Bryer give some history of the last few months of applications. Is stormwater the main thing that the Planning Commission is concerned with asked Mr. Smedberg? As long as A-H is met than soil erosion doesn’t have to be included for minor land development? Lisa read from the regulations, “the proposed grading should not exceed 2 feet.” It is in the Planning Commissions purview to require this. DEM is not concerned with abutters. The Planning Commission should be. The increase in slope creates more runoff. They do not want to make an existing condition that is already bad, worse. Public works has put some drains in for runoff because of comments from residents. Commissioner Kelly stated that the bottom line is there is a better way to do this without impacting neighbors. So voted:
Gary Girard - Aye Andrew Kallfelz - Aye
Betty Hubbard - Aye Jean Macgregor Brown - Nay
William Kelly - Aye Barry Holland – Aye
Motion passes by a vote of 5-1
VII. Old Business – nothing at this time
A motion to adjourn at was made by Commissioner Kallfelz and seconded by Commissioner Girard. So unanimously voted.
Recording Clerk This meeting was recorded on 1-micro-cassette