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

PLANNING COMMISSION MINUTES
October 20, 1999
7:30 PM
 Jamestown Town Hall

The meeting was called to order at 7:35 p.m. and the following members
were present:

Betty Hubbard          Arthur Milot
Michael Smith          Mary Brennan
Rob Lambert            Dennis Webster
Sue Barker          Michael Schnack

Also present: Lisa Bryer,AICP - Town Planner
     Cinthia Reppe - Recording Secretary
     Arthur Hayward - Engineer of Hayward Holbrook
     Michael McQuade - Owner of McQuades Market
     Carl Klocker - C & S Store Development
     Bill Munger - Owner Conanicut Marine Services
     Marilyn  Munger - Owner Conanicut Marine Services
     John Murphy - Attorney
     Richard Allphin
     Sterling Graham
     Nicholas Schaus
     Andrew Weicker
     Dorsey Beard

I.  Reading and Approval of Minutes from October 6, 1999
A motion was made by Commissioner Brennan and seconded by Commissioner
Webster to approve the minutes from October 6,1999 as amended.  The
amendment appears on page 3, Section V, Item 1, Old Business; McQuades -
to add after proposed "at the October 6th 1999 meeting." to the last
sentence of the 2nd paragraph.  So voted:

Betty Hubbard - Aye    Arthur Milot - Aye
Michael Smith - Aye    Mary Brennan - Aye
Rob Lambert - Aye               Dennis Webster - Aye
Sue Barker - Aye       Michael Schnack - Aye
Motion carries by a vote of 8-0

II.  Correspondence
1.  Rhode Island Rural Lands Coalition, invitation to a special meeting. 
Received & Acknowledged
2.  Planning Commission Stipends.  Received & Acknowledged

III.  Citizen's Non Agenda Item
Richard Allphin thanked the board for their support of having the poster
advertisements removed from the bus stops and announced that they have now
been removed.

IV.  Reports
a.  Town Planner's Submitted Report
A motion was made by Commissioner Lambert and seconded by Commissioner
Brennan to send a memo to the Town Council from the Planning Commission
recommending that DOT follow through with what was originally planned with
the bridge; 
      to be taken down with a portion of the North Kingstown side kept for
a fishing pier.
      So  voted:

Betty Hubbard - Aye    Arthur Milot - Aye
Michael Smith - Aye    Mary Brennan - Aye
Rob Lambert - Aye      Dennis Webster - Nay
Sue Barker - Aye       Michael Schnack - Aye
Motion carries by a vote of  7-1

b.  Town Committees
Commissioner Webster mentioned at the end of the meeting that there would
be a Harbor Commission meeting on Thursday morning (October 21,1999) at
8:30 A.M.

c.  Sub Committees
Commissioner Hubbard updated the board on a meeting held with the Town
Solicitor, A. Lauriston Parks regarding the Tree Ordinance.  It was
indicated that the ordinance can either be changed to meet current state
law or the town can petition the state to change the law.
      This item will be discussed at the next work session.

V.  Old Business
1.  McQuades Market - Review Final and Lighting Plans
Arthur Hayward, Engineer of Hayward Holbrook presented the revised plans
dated October 18,1999.
      The Commission approved the Development Plan with some minor
landscape changes.
Mr. Carl Klocker representing David Eddy, Architect, presented the
Lighting Plan which the board discussed.  Commissioner Lambert suggested
that the utility pole on West Street in back of parking space #57 be moved
to the adjacent island, the Planning Commission agreed. A motion was made
by Commissioner Hubbard and seconded by Commissioner Webster to accept the
location, number of lights , and light fixtures, but to change the wattage
from 70 to 50 watts in each lamp, and to approve the plan.  So voted:

Betty Hubbard - Aye    Arthur Milot - Aye
Michael Smith - Aye    Mary Brennan - Aye
Rob Lambert - Aye      Dennis Webster - Aye
Sue Barker - Aye       Michael Schnack - Aye
Motion carries by a vote of 8-0

Commissioner Hubbard read a draft letter submitted by Commissioner Webster
to the Zoning Board dated October 20,1999 from the Planning Commission
regarding McQuades requested parking variance.
      A motion was made by Commissioner Smith and seconded by Commissioner
Schnack to approve the letter.  So voted:

Betty Hubbard - Aye    Arthur Milot - Aye
Michael Smith - Aye    Mary Brennan - Aye
Rob Lambert - Aye      Dennis Webster - Aye
Sue Barker - Aye       Michael Schnack - Aye
Motion carries by a vote of 8-0

VI. New Business

2.  Zone Change - Seasonal off-site Marina parking
Discussion of 3-1-Section V line regarding removal and deletion of off
site parking. Section 806 and 807.

Petitioner Dorsey Beard, Blueberry Lane presented her reasons for the zone
change.
      She is interested in maintaining a confined commercial district and
objects to Marina parking in a residential neighborhood.

Petitioner Andrew Weicker, West Ferry stated that the East Ferry belongs
to everyone on the Island not just the businesses.
      He feels that we are defeating ourselves by allowing zoning
ordinance changes.

Jim Estes, 100 Clinton Avenue, thinks that the town shouldn't favor
businesses for off site parking.
Darcy Magratten, 100 Clinton Avenue, stated that until 1993 this ordinance
didn't exist and she feels we are opening the door to future commercial
development by not changing it.

Petitioner Nicholas Schaus, Walcott Avenue, said that there are many
variations of the zoning ordinance and that he would like to prohibit
expansion to keep the Island the way it is.

John Murphy, Attorney representing Conanicut Marines Services and Marilyn
Munger speaking in opposition to the proposed zone change discussed the
history of the off site seasonal marina parking.
      Mr. Murphy stated that no one speaking tonight was present during
the original amendment that the Town Council adopted with respect to
Marinas.
      Mr. Murphy urged the Planning Commission to not go forward with the
zone change that would undo all the careful thought that the previous
Planning Commission and Town Council put into the original zone change.

Bill Munger, Conanicut Marine Services, speaking in opposition to the
proposed zone change, stated that in the most recent Comprehensive Plan
survey 77% of the people wanted access to the bay, and if the existing
policy is deleted that people will still access the bay.
      It was also stated that Marine Businesses are to be encouraged.

Tim Baker, 100 Walcott Avenue, stated that off site parking is an
advantage to the town.
Commissioner Lambert asked for data that shows the success of the Taylor
Point parking facility.
      Commissioner Hubbard would like information on the survey that Mr.
Munger did.
Petitioner Nicholas Schaus stated that they are not trying to change any
current proposals mid stream and that their intention is to limit
expansion beyond today.
Richard Allphin asked Nicholas Schaus for clarification that the
petitioners did not want to stop the current marina expansion proposed. 
Mr. Schaus agreed that they did not want to stop the current proposed
marina expansion.  Mr. Allphin then stated that they should have waited.
A motion was made by Commissioner Smith and seconded by Commissioner
Schnack to table this discussion until the next meeting on November 3,
1999.
     Commissioner Milot was asked to get an opinion from the Ethics
Commission regarding Recusal.
      Commissioner Webster Recused himself from the issue and left the
table.   So voted:

Betty Hubbard - Aye    Arthur Milot - Abstain
Michael Smith - Aye    Mary Brennan - Aye
Rob Lambert - Aye      Michael Schnack - Aye
Sue Barker - Aye       
Motion carries by a vote of 6-0
V.  Old Business - continued
2.  Comprehensive Plan Update - Discussion of Action Plan
      Commissioner Hubbard recommended that each  section of the Action
Plan be divided up between the Commissioners for review.
      Commissioner Barker asked the Planner to divide the sections:
Commissioner Smith - Water Resources
Commissioner Brennan - Circulation
Commissioner Barker - Open Space and Recreation
Commissioner Schnack - Economic Development
Commissioner Lambert - Public Services and Facilities
Commissioner Milot - Housing
Commissioner Webster - Land Use
Commissioner Hubbard - Wildlife and Vegetation
Commissioner Girard - Cultural and Historical
      

3.  Narragansett Avenue - Discussion of Workshop #2
      A motion was made by Commissioner Hubbard and seconded by
Commissioner Smith to recommend to the Town Council and Town Administrator
that we request DOT to repave a portion of Narragansett Avenue that
coincides with DOT's Downtown Improvement Project.  So voted:

Betty Hubbard - Aye    Arthur Milot - Aye
Michael Smith - Aye    Mary Brennan - Aye
Rob Lambert - Aye      Dennis Webster - Aye
Sue Barker - Aye       Michael Schnack - Aye 
                       Motion carries by a vote of 8-0
VI.  New Business - continued
1.   Budget - for 2000-2001
      The Planning Commission discussed the fact that their stipends
should be equal to the stipends of the Zoning Board and that this matter
should be brought up to the Town Administrator.
      The Commission also discussed the idea of putting the town budget on
the Internet.
      The Commission moved to carry over this discussion until the next
meeting.
      Commissioner Smith would like to see sidewalks in the 4 corners area
of Narragansett Avenue; Artillery Cemetery to Playground, Jamestown Early
Learning Center to 4 corners, Pemberton Avenue to 4 corners.
      Commissioner Hubbard would like maintenance money for landscaping at
the library.
      A motion was made by Commissioner Barker and seconded by
Commissioner Schnack to adjourn the meeting at 10:55 P.M.  So voted:
Betty Hubbard - Aye    Arthur Milot - Aye
Michael Smith - Aye    Mary Brennan - Aye
Rob Lambert - Aye      Dennis Webster - Aye
Sue Barker - Aye    Michael Schnack - Aye
                       Motion carries by a vote of 8-0

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Attest:

Cinthia Reppe
Recording Secretary