***** UNAPPROVED MINUTES *****
PLANNING COMMISSION MINUTES
The meeting was called to order at and the following members were present:
Gary Girard Andrew Kallfelz
Betty Hubbard Victor Calabretta
Not present – Jean Macgregor- Brown
Lisa Bryer, AICP – Town Planner
Cinthia Reppe – Recording Clerk
Michael Gray – Town Engineer
Peter Brockmann – Attorney
Robert Cournoyer – Desginer
Jeff Campopiano – PE
I. Approval of
A motion was made by Commissioner Calabretta and seconded by Commissioner Kallfelz to accept the minutes with the following changes:
Page 3 - 6th line down change never made a it specific as far
Page 4 – 13th line down change determines that if it comes to the
Page 4 – 16th line down add after too, such as separate out small additions
So unanimously voted. Commissioner Holland abstains.
1. FYI – Memo to Town Council from Town Planner Re: High Groundwater Table - Received
III. Citizen’s Non Agenda Item
Donna Cote – 82 Spindrift – concerned with neighbors septic system creating a problem on her lot. She said a house that was just built created run off to her house last winter. It created a significant change to the landscape, and the ramifications are a lot of water flowing onto her property. She went through great expense last year pumping her ISDS of water. This is a case of a house being built without it having to go before the Planning Commission and it is in the High Groundwater district. These are the kind of issues that the Planning Commission look at when it comes before them for Section 314 review.
IV. Reports – nothing at this time
1. Town Planner’s Report
2. Town Committees
c. Buildings and Facilities
3. Sub Committees
V. Old Business
Town Planner Lisa Bryer read a letter from Attorney John
Murphy that stated they have agreed to extend the deadline until
2. Jamestown Land Bank and Affordable Housing Trust Act- (continued) – recommendation to Town Council
Lisa Bryer stated the Town Council just comments on this, lets look at it from a conceptual point of view so that we
do not get bogged down with language changes. Commissioners Calabretta
and Hubbard want to move forward with the act with a recommendation to the Town
Council. Commissioner Kallfelz is for it, reiterating that this is enabling
legislation that we have further control over before it is enacted. Commissioner Holland disagrees with
Commissioner Kallfelz, he doesn’t think it’s fair to
impose a Real Estate tax and it should come out of the General Fund, he doesn’t
object to the act just that people should not be penalized for selling their
homes. Commissioner Calabretta
has changed his way of thinking and is in favor of this now. Commissioner Kelly
is fine with it. Commissioner Girard is
not in favor of the transfer tax. One of
the reasons property
is so valuable in
Gary Girard – Nay Andrew Kallfelz – Aye
Betty Hubbard – Aye Victor Calabretta – Aye
William Kelly – Aye Barry Holland – Nay
Motion passes by a vote of 4-2
Commissioner Girard would like to handle New Business before Old Business # 4 since there are applicants here. The Planning Commissioners agreed.
3. Application for Lino Corredora (Beatrice C. Burns – Owner) – Hull & Stern St. – Plat 14 Lot 80 - Zoning Ordinance Section 314 - High Ground water table/ Impervious Layer Overlay district - Sub-District A review – continued
Attorney Peter Brockmann representing Lino Corredora introduced Robert Cournoyer who explained the changes. He reviewed the original topography in regards to Commissioner Calabrettas comments. Commissioner Hubbard questioned Mr Cournoyer as far as his figures, she sees what he is trying to do but she questioned whether it will really happen. Commissioner Calabretta suggests this is not the minimum disturbance of the property. A discussion ensued between the planning commissioners and the applicants professionals with a suggestion that the house be moved closer to the ISDS to avoid excessive fill and that stone be used around the slab to mitigate increases in stormwater. They will make the suggested changes and provide a copy to Mike Gray, the town engineer to review before the next meeting.
VI. New Business
for Cotroneo Residence –
Jeffrey Campopiano a Professional
Civil Engineer hired by Mr. Cotroneo presented the
proposal. He submitted material with the
ordinance in mind to minimize impact.
The applicant thinks they are able to mitigate all the issues related to
the ordinance with their plan.
Commissioner Hubbard is concerned with the depth to impervious layer,
and using infiltration in that area. The
Planning Commission is concerned about the elevation of the cistern. The engineer feels that when the house is
completed the only area where the water flows in the original pattern will be
in the back part by
V. Old Business - continued
4. Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendments related to article 314 - protection of critical lands containing freshwater wetlands, high ground water table and/or shallow impervious layer – Discussion of Proposed Changes
Commissioner Girard explained that there will be no public input at this time this is a discussion between the Planning Commission, The Town Engineer and The Planner. The commission is trying to work on what the town council wants them to do but there was no specific directions except for what the Solicitor indicated. Lisa Bryer in her memo spoke to the solicitor and the direction he gave was for further direction and differentiation between new buildings and additions. The Building Official Fred Brown now only requires a test hole dug where the addition is going to be and he feels that the ordinance allows that kind of flexibility. He does not want people to spend any unnecessary monies. Items relating to filling and grading and storm water run off are the main issues. Commissioner Calabretta has summarized it very well. Expansions of existing dwellings should be included in the ordinance Commissioner Calabretta stated. He would be concerned if any expansion has a change of grade. If a garage is added and they are still within their 15% it shouldn’t be a problem. Should we regulate everything but have some issues done administratively? The Planning Commission wants general policy guidance from the Town Council for what they want for each issue, general concerns, start with A, should we allow anything? The Planning Commission would like a workshop with the Town Council; the problem now is there is no consensus among the Town Council with no direction given. The shores is the largest area of non conforming lots. Lets discuss at this at the next meeting and request to schedule a workshop with the Town Council.
The Planning Commissioners are to get their issues to Lisa Bryer by Monday November 8th for the next meeting.
A motion to adjourn at was made by Commissioner Kelly and seconded by Commissioner Calabretta. So unanimously voted.
Cinthia Reppe This meeting was recorded on 1-microcassette