PLANNING COMMISSION MINUTES
  MARCH 19, 1997    
  7:30 PM 
  Jamestown Town Hall

Meeting was called to order at 7:35 pm.
Roll was called and the following were present:
Betty Hubbard          Richard Waters
David Butterfield            Thomas Foley
Arthur Milot              Mary Brennan
Michael Smith

Also Present: Frances Shocket, Town Administrator
     Kimberly Turcone, Recording Secretary
     Richard Allphin, Zoning Board
     Jim Rafferty, Bridges, Inc.
     Don Richardson

Commission agreed to hear New Business first.
I.   New Business - Community Development Block Grant Application
The Town Administrator stated the Community Development Block Grant
application needs to be certified by the Planning Commission that the
proposed activities are consistent with the Comprehensive Plan.
      There are no activities the Planning Commission has not seen and/or
approved in the past.

The Town Administrator introduced Jim Rafferty from Bridges, Inc.  At this
time Commissioner Smith recused himself.

Commissioner Milot asked what Bridges, Inc. was and Mr. Rafferty stated it
is a non profit organization that provides services for people who have
developmental disorders.
      Mr. Rafferty stated he over sees the facility in Jamestown.

The Town Administrator then went over the proposed (11) applications.
      The applications are as follows: (1) Architectural Barrier Removal:
Bridges, Inc. $5,000; (2) Public Services: Bridges, Inc. $5,000; (3)
Public Facility Improvements: Health Center of South County $7,500; (4)
Public Services: New Visions $10,000; (5) Architectural Barrier Removal:
Bayside Family Healthcare Inc. $5,000; (6) Public Services: Bayside Family
Healthcare Inc. $5,000; (7) Public Services: Bayside Family Healthcare
Inc. $5,000; (8) Public Services: Bayside Family Healthcare Inc. $5,000;
(9) Operating Costs: Church Community Housing Corp.
     $10,000; (10) Town Administration $5,000; (11) Residential
Rehabilitation Loan Program: Program Income $38,000.
      Commission discussed the CDBG application.
      A motion was made by Commissioner Brennan and seconded by
Commissioner Foley to endorse the Community Development Block Grant
application for 1997 and certify the application consistent with the
Comprehensive Plan.
So Voted: 
Betty Hubbard - Aye          Richard Waters - Nay
David Butterfield - Aye         Thomas Foley - Aye
Arthur Milot - Aye           Mary Brennan - Aye
Motion carried 5-1.

The Town Administrator stayed to answer a few questions the Commission
had.
 
Commissioner Milot asked if the article in the Providence Journal was
correct and if the Ambulance Barn was going to become a parking lot?  Town
Administrator stated that the article was about was the TIP proposal and
grant that George Meservey worked on when he was the Planner.
      The Town Administrator reported the Town has to reapply for the
grant every year in order to keep the project on the State's list.  

Commissioner Hubbard asked about the relocation of the Town Garage.
      Town Administrator stated that the project has been moving since
1995.
      The appointed Committee at the time recommend the Taylor Point area.
      In mid January the Town advertised for an engineer and hired the low
bidder John Caito.
      Right now the Town and DEM are working together because of wetlands
located on the Taylor Point property.  
 
Commissioner Smith stated the Planning Commission discussed the issue at
length.
      Commissioner Smith stated at that time the Planning Commission
thought that the Sewer Treatment Plant was the best site.
      Commissioner Hubbard remembered the Public Works Director did not
think the Sewer Treatment Plant was appropriate due to any future
expansion of the Plant.

The Town Administrator stated if the Highway Barn is moved to Taylor Point
that trucks would be directed not to drive through residential areas.  

The Town Administrator reported the Bridge and Turnpike Authority will be
replacing the fixtures on the Newport Bridge.
      Don Richardson stated he had talked to someone who works there and
they will be replacing the bulbs and leaving the fixtures.

The Commission thanked the Town Administrator for answering their
questions.

II.  READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES from the meeting of March 19,  1997.
Motion was made by Commissioner Brennan and seconded by Commissioner
Butterfield to approve the minutes of March 5, 1997 as amended.  The
amendments are as follows:
  page 2 - Section V. #5 change "rare" to "rear".
  page 3 - Section V. #2, 3rd paragraph strike 3rd sentence
                  4th paragraph - change motion to read as: "A motion was
made by Commissioner Bryer and seconded by Commissioner Milot to approve
Mr. Swain's application and recommend to the Zoning Board acceptance
pending the approval by the State as well as the stipulations about the
following conditions:"

So voted:
Betty Hubbard - Aye       Richard Waters - Aye
David Butterfield - Aye      Thomas Foley - Aye
Arthur Milot - Aye        Mary Brennan - Aye
Michael Smith - Aye
7-0

III.  CORRESPONDENCE
1.   Copy of a letter to Frank Henderson from the Town Planner  RE:
Coronado Street proposed mixed use structure Development Plan Review
Application.
      Commissioner Hubbard stated the minutes show landscaping should be
included in Mr. Henderson's plans but the Planner's letter does not
reflect the decision of the Commission.
      Commission asked the Planning Clerk to call Mr. Henderson and advise
him of this additional item to be included in the plans.
2.   Copy of letter to David Swain from the Town Planner RE: Commercial
swimming pool construction Development Plan Review Application.
      Received and Acknowledged
3.   Copy of letter to James and John Quattrocchi from the Town Planner
RE: Mackerel Cove Heights Major Subdivision    Application.
      Commission discussed the pending appeal to the Zoning Board from the
Quattrocchi's.
     Mr. Allphin stated their appeal is not complete.  The Planning Clerk
reported that Mr. James Quattrocchi requested to come before the
Commission on April 2nd for a preapplication discussion.
4.   Copy of draft letter to Chief Tighe from the Planning Commission. 
Commission discussed letter and decided to send the letter Commissioner
Hubbard drafted and not the Planner's.
      A correction was made to the letter, striking the last sentence in
the 3rd paragraph.  

IV.  CITIZENS NON-AGENDA ITEM
With nothing to report at this time move onto Reports.

V.   REPORTS
  a. Town Planner's Report
Commissioner Hubbard read the Planner's report.

Cumberland Farms - The final plans will be dropped off on Friday by John
Caito.
      Will review plans with Mr. Caito and professional engineer Warren
Hall (Town hired).  

Bucklin Subdivision - Waiting for a tax print out from Tax Assessor.
      Probably will not hear from the Bucklin's until April 16th.

Coronado Street - Still awaiting plans from Mr. Henderson.

Ocean State Scuba pool construction - Final plans are to be submitted
following the granting of a special use permit by the Zoning Board.

Mackeral Cove Heights - Will continue at the preapplication level and will
meet with the Commission on April 2nd.
 
  b. Subcommittees - Nothing to report at this time.
  c. Town Committees - Nothing to report at this time.

VI.  OLD BUSINESS
1.   Zoning Ordinance changes to consider RE: Potential Ferry Service
"continuation from 1/15/97" and Memorandum from the Town Planner RE:East
Ferry Parking
Commission discussed the issue of satellite parking.
      Commission then discussed a parking lot behind Mall's Garage.
      The Commission felt that this was the best place for a parking lot.

A motion was made by Commissioner Milot and seconded by Commissioner Foley
to adjourn the meeting at 10:12 pm.

Attest:

Kimberly Turcone
Recording Secretary