PLANNING COMMISSION MINUTES
                          JULY 17, 1996
                            7:30 PM 
                       Jamestown Town Hall

Meeting was called to order at 7:37pm.
Roll was called:
Betty Hubbard, Chair - present
David Butterfield, Vice Chair - present
Michael Smith - present
Richard Waters -  present
Thomas Foley - present
Anthony Travisono - present
Lisa Bryer - present

Also present: Mark Browning, Town Planner
        Kimberly Turcone, Recording Secretary
        
I.   READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM THE MEETINGS OF: JUNE 19, 1996,
APRIL 17, 1996, APRIL 3, 1996, MARCH 20, 1996, MARCH 6, 1996, May 1, 1996
and May 15, 1996.
A motion was made by Commissioner Travisono and seconded by Commissioner
Waters to approve the minutes of the June 19, 1996 meeting as corrected.
      So voted:  7-0
Betty Hubbard - approve            Richard Waters - approve
David Butterfield - approve        Thomas Foley - approve
Anthony Travisono - approve        Lisa Bryer - approve
Michael Smith - approve            

A motion was made by Commissioner Butterfield and seconded by Commissioner
Foley to approve the minutes from the April 17, 1996 meeting as corrected.
      So voted:  7-0
Betty Hubbard - approve            Richard Waters - approve
David Butterfield - approve        Thomas Foley - approve
Anthony Travisono - approve        Lisa Bryer - approve
Michael Smith - approve            

A motion was made by Commissioner Bryer and seconded by Commissioner
Travisono to approve the minutes from the meeting of April 3, 1996 as
corrected.  So voted:  7-0
Betty Hubbard - approve            Richard Waters - approve
David Butterfield - approve        Thomas Foley - approve Anthony
Travisono - approveLisa Bryer - approve
Michael Smith - approve            

A motion was made by Commissioner Travisono and seconded by Commissioner
Waters to approve the minutes from the meeting of May 1, 1996 as read.
      So voted:  7-0
Betty Hubbard - approve            Richard Waters - approve
David Butterfield - approve        Thomas Foley - approve  Anthony
Travisono - approveLisa Bryer - approve
Michael Smith - approve            

A motion was made by Commissioner Smith and seconded by Commissioner
Butterfield to approve the minutes from the May 15, 1996 meeting as
corrected.  So voted:  6-0  
Betty Hubbard - approve            Richard Waters - abstain
David Butterfield - approve        Thomas Foley - approve
Anthony Travisono - approve        Lisa Bryer - approve
Michael Smith - approve            

Commission noted that the minutes for both scheduled meetings in March had
been previously approved.

II.  CORRESPONDENCE
1.   CRMC FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT to James E. and Helen A. Haas,
158 Highland Drive, Jamestown, RI  02835  RE:  to construct maintenance
repairs to existing 30 foot long access ramp, to the same length, and
width.  Plat 10, Lot 57.  Received and Acknowledged
2.   Copy of 42-46-7  RE: definition of taking minutes of meetings.  Move
to New Business
3.   Memorandum to the Planning Commission from the Town Planner  RE:
Recusal forms.  Received and Acknowledged
4.   CRMC FINDING NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT to Richard H. Hutchinson, 2 Grey
Gull Road, Jamestown, RI  02835  RE: to rebuild an existing deck and to
reside the east side of an existing cottage.
      Plat 10, Lot 125 - 4 Fort Wetherill Road, Jamestown, RI  02835.
      Received and Acknowledged 
5.   CRMC Maintenance Certification File #M96-4-43 to Theodore H. & Louise
F. Petit, 415 Seaside Drive, Jamestown, RI  02835  RE: Construct
maintenance repairs to the existing rip rap covered headland (bank), by
pulling back and repositioning slumped rip rap stones, installing a
crushed stone bedding, and new rip rap to meet the existing grade at the
top of the headland bank -- located at Plat 3, Lot 129, 415 Seaside Drive,
Jamestown, RI  02835.  Received and Acknowledged
6.   COPY OF CORRESPONDENCE to the Planning Commission from Carolyn N.
Armington, 28 West Passage Drive, Jamestown, RI  02835.
      Move to New Business
7.   Memorandum to the Planning Commission from the Town Planner  RE:
Quentin Anthony inquiry.  Move to New Business
8.   Copy of Correspondence to the Planning Commission from the residents
of Walcott Avenue.  Move to New Business
8a.  Copy of newspaper articles  RE: parking issues.  Received and
Acknowledged
9.   Copy of correspondence from Arthur Milot  RE:Downtown area
Received and Acknowledged

III. CITIZEN'S NON-AGENDA ITEM
Dick Alphin spoke for changes to the Zoning Ordinance in reference to
Underground propane tanks for the Bay View Condominium Complex.
      Planning Commission discussed situation and thanked Mr. Alphin for
bringing it to the Commission's attention.

IV.  TOWN PLANNER'S REPORT
The Town Planner reported:
1.   Working with Commissioner Waters and State Representative Eileen
Naughton  RE:  Aquaculture workshop with CRMC Jim Boyd and Dr.
     Rowe, an experienced operator of an aqua culture facility.
      Planner reported he needed to speak with a small aqua culture
business operator.
2.   Report on the reservoir water level - reservoir at 13" below
capacity.
      Third well is not dug due to the ground being too wet from rainfall.
3.   Received CDBG award letter from the State.  The Town of Jamestown
will receive $52,000 in grant money from the RI Small Cities Community
Development Block Grant Program.
      The above monies will be for the following:
Housing Rehabilitation:         $22,000
  Loans                $15,00
  Operating            $7,000
Lead Abatement Loan and Education: $13,000
  Loans                $10,000
  Operating            $3,000
Downpayment Assistance Program: $10,000
International Boat Exhibit Plan:   $5,000
Administration:           $2,000
4.   Planner is working on buying a GIS software, a computer generated
mapping system, for the Planning Office.
      The State Bid List includes GIS.
      Money will come from the Comprehensive Plan Budget.
5.   At the previous meeting Planner reported on the build-out analysis
which the newspaper had inaccurately reported on.
      The reason for the study was to determine out the maximum number of
physical subdivisions of land based on the current Zoning Ordinance.
      Found there were 518 potential new lots of which 238 are in the
urban water district.
      Those outside the Urban Water District would have to apply and be
approved by the Board of Water and Sewer Commission.
      An estimated 110 new applications will be made over the next 10
years.
      Numbers will be lower in the urban district due to the density of
development.
      The report did not take into account wetlands and unbuildable lots.
      
 
Harbor Management Report
Commissioner Butterfield reported plans are underway for the improvement
of the East Passage Development Plan.
      Also, Commissioner Butterfield is also working on getting back the
water quality reports.

Golf Course Study Committee
Commissioner Smith reported the Committee completed golf course
investigation and have complete data.
      The Committee is now in the process of writing a recommendation to
the Town Council.

V.   OLD BUSINESS
1.   Draft Planning Commission's Rules of Procedure - Commission discussed
as follows:
Change all "the Board" to the Commission to entire document.
Article 1, Section 1 - no change
      Section 2 - no change
      Section 3 - add "The Chairperson shall have the privilege of
discussing matters before the Commission and to vote on them." as the last
sentence in the paragraph.
      Section 4 - no change
      Section 5 - add "Secretary may delegate any assignment listed" and
Article 1, Section 7 of current By-Laws to paragraph.
      Section 6 - Change 1st paragraph to: "During the month of June of
each year, the Commission shall elect from its membership a chair, Vice
Chair, and Secretary.
      Change, in the 3rd paragraph, "President" to Chairperson, "three
weeks" to one (1) month and add "Nominations may be made from the floor as
well." as the last sentence.
      Section 7 - no change
      Section 8 - no change
      Section 9 - no change

Article 2, Section 1 - change to read as: "Regular meetings will be held
on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm in the Town Hall
unless otherwise publically advertised."
      Section 2 - Change "5 days" to 48 hours.
      Section 3 - change to read as: "A majority of the current membership
of the Commission shall constitute a quorum at Regular and Special
meetings."   Omit the last sentence.
      Section 4 - Change "by-laws" and "regulations".
      The last sentence will read: "All meetings shall be open to the
general public according to the RI Open Meetings Law.".
 
Article 3, Section 1 - The last sentence in the first paragraph will read:
"Later additions to an agenda must be approved by two-thirds (2/3) of
members present at the meeting."  Change letter "F" to "Reports:A) Town
Planner
        B) Sub Committees    
        C) Town Committees
Change the last paragraph to read as follows: "In addition to hearings
required by law, the Commission may at its discretion hold public
workshops or special meetings when it decides that such meetings will be
in the public interest.
      Notice of such meetings shall be published according to the RI Open
Meetings Law.

Article 4, Section 1 - Omit Section 1.  A motion was made by Commissioner
Smith and seconded by Commissioner Butterfiled to strike Article 4,
Section 1.  So voted:  7-0
Betty Hubbard - strike       Richard Waters - strike
David Butterfield - strike      Thomas Foley - strike
Arthur Milot - absent        Anthony Travisono - strike
Michael Smith - strike       Mary Brennan - absent
                    Lisa Bryer - strike
      Section 2 - make Section 1 and omit "Quorum and" keep title as
"Votes".
      Change paragraph to read as follows: "All votes of the Commission
shall be made part of a permanent record and shall show the members
present and their votes.
      Any decision by the Commission to approve or deny any development
plan or subdivision application shall require a vote for approval by the
majority of current Planning Commission membership.

To take action on any issue other than development plan or subdivision,
shall require the affirmative vote of a majority of members present at the
meeting.".
      Section 3 - make Section 2 "Conflict of Interest" and change to read
as follows: "The Rhode Island Code of Ethics governs the activities of
elected officials, appointed officials, and public employees in State and
Municipal Government.
      As such, each member of the Planning Commission should familiarize
him or herself with the Code.

If a member wishes to recuse him or herself from discussion and voting
related to a particular issue, or to disclose a relationship to an issue
without recusing him or herself, the member shall notify in writing the
presiding officer of the Planning Commission.
      This notification shall take place prior to, or at the time of the
meeting in which the issue is to be addressed.
      The written notification shall be entered into the record of the
meeting.".

Article 5, Section 1 - Omit and change to read as follows: "Two-thirds
(2/3) of the current membership are required to amend these Rules of
Procedure.
      The proposed amendment must be advertised at a regular Planning
Commission meeting and placed on the agenda of a subsequent meeting.". 

2.   Open Space Zoning - Commission decided to place issue on next agenda
for the next scheduled meeting.

VI.  NEW BUSINESS
No New Business at this time.
Motion was made by Commissioner Waters and seconded by Commissioner
Butterfield to adjourn the Planning Commission meeting at 10:37 pm.
      So voted:  7-0
Betty Hubbard - adjourn         Richard Waters - adjourn
David Butterfield - adjourn     Thomas Foley - adjourn
Anthony Travisono - adjourn     Lisa Bryer - adjourn
Michael Smith - adjourn         

Attest:

Kimberly Turcone
Recording Secretary