***** UNAPPROVED MINUTES *****
PLANNING COMMISSION MINUTES
October 16, 2002
Melrose Ave School Multi Purpose Room
The meeting was called to order at 7:38 p.m. and the following members were present:
Rob Lambert Gary Girard
Betty Hubbard Jean Brown
Lisa Bryer, AICP – Town Planner
Cinthia Reppe – Recording Clerk
Amy Barclay De Tolly
A motion was made by Commissioner Girard and seconded by Commissioner Lambert to accept the minutes as written. So unanimously voted.
Commissioner Barker arrives at 7:45 p.m.
Amy Barclay De Tolly-54 Ferry St. addressed the Planning Commission regarding the Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment related to protection of critical lands containing freshwater wetlands. Ms. De Tolly sent a letter to the Jamestown Press stating that in her area of the Jamestown Shores this ordinance needs to stay as originally planned without the amendments that were forwarded to the Town Council. Ms. De Tolly stated that she feels the Town Council wants to keep it simple and sometimes when it is an issue this important it can’t be kept simple for the laymen. She would like to see the Planning Commission stay with the original ordinance. Michaela Kennedy – Deck St. applauded Ms. De Tolly for her efforts and agrees with her. Commissioner Barker stated that she would like to see the original proposed ordinance passed.
The Town Planner stated that the Town Council would like to hold a joint work session with the Planning Commission to discuss the High groundwater ordinance. The Planning Commission agreed that their November 20th meeting would be the best time and the Planning Commission asked the Planner to write a Memo to the Town Council. Commissioner Kallfelz asked if the solicitor would be present. Town Planner Lisa Bryer said he would. Commissioner Hubbard asked that the Town Engineer Dick Pastore be present also. There are some things that the Planning Commissioners would like to discuss before the joint work session so this item will be put on the next agenda.
Town Planner Lisa Bryer stated that the Comprehensive Plan states that a Bikeways Committee be formed. The Planner stated that she will be requesting that the Town Council form this Committee in the near future and that she would be suggesting that a member of the Planning Commission be on it. Commissioner Barker agreed that should the opportunity arise that she would be the representative from the Commission.
A discussion ensued regarding this Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment. Town Planner Lisa Bryer will have the legality of this ordinance confirmed with the current Town Solicitor. There have been 2 previous solicitors that have reviewed this. Commissioner Girard asked if the Planning Commission could find out if there are objections to the proposed changes now. Sav Rebecci asked why we need this ordinance now? Commissioner Lambert stated that this came into effect several years ago from a previous Town Council when DOT was going to give the Town $500,000.00 for the Ferry Boat. Commissioner Brown asked if they have the option to say they are taking no action on this issue. Commissioner Kallfelz suggested that this be sent back to the Town Council stating that the Planning Commission has addressed the pivotal points and made a few changes. Jill Anderson asked the Planning Commission if hypothetically she started a business by using her inflatable boat to deliver food to boats moored in the marina and launched from the ramp downtown if she would have to provide parking places. Commissioner Kallfelz stated the way the ordinance reads now this would not affect her, but later discussed how using the ramp still utilizes parking places downtown.
Commissioner Girard made a motion that was seconded by Commissioner Barker to send this back to the Town Council with the following changes:
Section 1203 number 9a. delete
or slips. Number 9c. after docks, delete and/or moorings, add and/or ramps also change 3 persons capacity to 4.
Change Table 3-1 Permitted Uses VI. Commercial, Retail 15. Fishing Boats – Rental or Charter change CL to Y.
Change Table 3-1 Permitted Uses V. Transportation & Utilities 3. Seasonal Off-Site Marina Parking CL-Y, CD-Y, CW-Y. 3A. Satellite Parking Lot CL-Y, CD-Y.
Commissioner Girard leaves at 9:20 p.m.
The Planning Commission discussed these changes and voted on the motion. So voted:
Rob Lambert – Nay Betty Hubbard – Aye
Jean Brown – Aye Andrew Kallfelz – Aye
Sue Barker – Aye
Motion passes by a vote of 4-1
A motion was made by Commissioner Kallfelz and seconded by Commissioner Hubbard to table this issue until the next appropriate meeting since there are some members not present that are very interested in this issue. So unanimously voted.
1. FYI – Memo to Town Council Re: Highway Garage – Received. Commissioner Hubbard would like to discuss this at end of the meeting.
Commissioner Hubbard reported that she was in attendance at the Town Council meeting on October 15th when the Town Council received this memo. Commissioner Hubbard stated that the Town Council president Guy Settipane stated that "the Planning Commission only seems to tell us what we can’t do." Commissioner Hubbard gave a brief synopsis of the discussions regarding this issue.
A motion to adjourn at 9:45 p.m. was made by Commissioner Kallfelz and seconded by Commissioner Lambert. So unanimously voted.