***** UNAPPROVED MINUTES *****

PLANNING COMMISSION MINUTES
March 17, 1999
7:30 PM
 Town Hall

Meeting was called to order at 7:36 pm and the following were present:
Betty Hubbard    Mary Brennan
Gary Girard         Rob Lambert
Arthur Milot     Dennis Webster
Sue Barker

Also present: Lisa Bryer, AICP - Town Planner
Kimberly Turcone - Recording Secretary
Richard Allphin 
John Murphy

I.  Reading and Approval of Minutes from March 3, 1999
A motion was made by Commissioner Girard and seconded by Commissioner
Webster to approve the minutes from March 3rd as amended.  Amendments are
as follows:
  page 2    Section V; Old Business #1, change the last sentence to read:
"The Planning
Commission reviewed the March 1, 1999 Memorandum from Mr. Hall which
resulted in numerous outstanding comments before the public hearing date
could be resolved." Page 3  Section V; Old Business #2, change first
motion to read: "A motion was made by Commissioner Webster and seconded by
Commissioner Girard to grant a waiver to allow applicant to install a
gravel hammerhead in the Right of Way with the provision that the
applicant maintain the hammerhead and move east so the gravel will clear
the 30" pine tree and keep the radius of curvature on the drawing."
  Page 4   Section VI; New Business #1, add "the marina and" after the
word expanding in the first sentence.
So voted:
Betty Hubbard - Aye       Mary Brennan - Aye
Gary Girard - Aye         Rob Lambert - Aye
Arthur Milot - Aye        Dennis Webster - Aye
Sue Barker - Aye
Motion carried by a vote of 7-0

II.  Correspondence 
1.  FYI: Copy of a letter to the Town Council from Donald Richardson RE:
CMS  Received & Acknowledged
2.  FYI: Copy of letter to the Town Planner from Eastern Utilities RE:
Arbor Day  Received & Acknowledged
3.  CRMC CEASE & DESIST ORDER to Dr. John Yasher of 76 Highland drive,
Jamestown RE: failure to maintain a CRMC designated buffer zone.
      Received & Acknowledged 
III.  Citizen's Non Agenda Item
John Murphy, Esq. informed the Commission that Mackerel Cove Heights was
sold to his clients Bluestone, Inc..  The principle partners are Jeremy
Sherer and David Malkin.
      It is not his clients intention to impede the Commission's process
and they will proceed with the subdivision as was already accepted by the
Commission.
      They will also be taking over the Quattrocchi's professional team
which includes Robert Angilly and George Gifford.
      They will be ready for the April 7th public hearing.

IV.  Reports
a.  Town Planner's Submitted Report
b.  Town Committees
The Chair stated that the Open Space document will be heard by the Town
Council on March 22nd and hopes the Commission can attend that meeting to
support the zoning change.

Quonset/Davisville Committee - Commissioner Webster reported that a letter
has been written by himself and Council President Amerigian regarding
Jamestown's stand against the proposed port facility.
      It will be published in the Jamestown Press and Providence Journal.

The Chair asked the Planner to look into the Town Code regarding a noise
ordinance.

c.  Sub Committees
Cellular Tower Subcommittee - Commissioner's Webster and Barker reported
that they had a meeting with a URI technical engineer.
      They stated it was an interesting discussion but did not answer the
original questions they had.
      They will place an ad in the Jamestown Press requesting some
technical assistance regarding cellular towers.
      The Planner suggested they call the Town of Smithfield because of a
resent ordinance they passed regarding the issue.

V.  Old Business
1.  Accessory Structures & Uses - Zoning Discussion
A motion was made by Commissioner Hubbard and seconded by Commissioner
Webster to accept the Planner's recommendation on page 3 of her amended
comments as follows: 
  Maximum Size of Accessory Structures

Zone    Max. Size of Accessory Building  
R-8          600 square feet (2 car garage + 5 x 5 shed or play house)
R-20         700 square feet (2+ car garage or 2 car garage + 11x 12 shed)
R-40         900 square feet (3 car garage + 6 x 6 shed)
RR-80/RR-200  1,152 square feet (4 car garage or 3 car garage + 16 x 17 or

           12 x 24 workshop)

In addition, the following shall apply to accessory buildings:
* An accessory building is that which does not share a common wall with
the principal building.
* The total footprint of all accessory buildings shall not exceed the
footprint of the primary building.
      The height of an accessory building shall not exceed the height of
the main building.
* If the lot is larger than the minimum required by zoning, then the
footprint area of the accessory building may be increased by 10 square
feet for each additional 1000 s.f. of lot size with the maximum footprint
of all accessory buildings per lot to be 1,152 square feet.
      The opposite shall be true for undersized or non-conforming lots by
size with respect to zoning and the maximum limitation on size is 600
square feet.

So voted:
Betty Hubbard - Aye    Mary Brennan - Aye
Gary Girard - Aye         Rob Lambert - Nay
Arthur Milot - Aye     Dennis Webster - Aye
Sue Barker - Aye
Motion carried by a vote of 6-1

A motion was made by Commissioner Hubbard and seconded by Commissioner
Girard to approve the definitions as amended.  

Accessory building is any building which is customarily incidental and
subordinate to the principal building and has a roof supported by columns
or walls and is designed or intended for the shelter, support, enclosure
or protection of persons, animals, or movable property, and does not share
a common wall with the principle building.
      An accessory building shall be located on the same zoning lot as the
principal building.

Accessory structure is anything constructed or erected which is
customarily incidental and subordinate to the principal building and
requires location on the ground or attached to something having a location
on the ground which is not considered a building, including but not
limited to swimming pools, tennis courts (and whatever the Building
Official deems - Planner will check) but exclusive of customary fences or
boundary walls.
      An accessory structure shall be located on the same zoning lot as
the principal building.

So voted:
Betty Hubbard - Aye    Mary Brennan - Aye
Gary Girard - Aye         Rob Lambert - Aye
Arthur Milot - Aye     Dennis Webster - Aye
Sue Barker - Aye
Motion carried by a vote of 7-0

A motion was made by Commissioner Hubbard and Seconded by Commissioner
Girard to change Definition 64, Section 103 - Definitions of the Zoning
Ordinance to read as:
  Lot Coverage.
      That portion of the lot that is or may be covered by buildings,
accessory buildings and accessory structures.
So voted:
Betty Hubbard - Aye    Mary Brennan - Aye
Gary Girard - Aye         Rob Lambert - Aye
Arthur Milot - Aye     Dennis Webster - Aye
Sue Barker - Aye
Motion carried by a vote of 7-0

A motion was made by Commissioner Hubbard and seconded by Commissioner
Webster to change table 3-2 (District Dimensional Regulations), column
heading "Building/Lot Coverage" by removing "Building" and take Accessory
Buildings and add Structures, as to create 2 separate column headings to
read Accessory Buildings & Structures.
So voted:
Betty Hubbard - Aye    Mary Brennan - Aye
Gary Girard - Aye         Rob Lambert - Nay
Arthur Milot - Aye     Dennis Webster - Aye
Sue Barker - Aye
Motion carried by a vote of 6-1

2.  Letter from Commissioner Webster to the Planning Commission dated
February 19, 1999 RE: OS Zoning Amendment - continued discussion
A motion was made by Commissioner Webster and seconded by Commissioner
Girard to move discussion regarding municipal buildings in the Open Space
zone to the April 21st meeting.  
So voted:
Betty Hubbard - Aye    Mary Brennan - Aye
Gary Girard - Aye         Rob Lambert - Aye
Arthur Milot - Aye     Dennis Webster - Aye
Sue Barker - Aye
Motion carried by a vote of 7-0

The Planner reported that she had attended a DOT TEA-21 meeting.
      She stated that the Town would like to apply for more money to
finish the improvements to the Downtown area as well as parking
enhancement improvements for long term including trailer parking.  

The Planning Commission granted support for the project.

Commissioner Webster mentioned that the Navy is looking for a Jamestown
representative to be on their Preservation Advisory Board.
      Since the meeting night conflicts with the Planning Commission
night, the Planner was asked to advise the Conservation Commission for any
interest.

VI.  New Business
With no other business meeting was adjourned at 10:18pm.

Attest:

Kimberly Turcone
Recording Secretary