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The Valley Breeze & Observer 11-08-2018

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12 SMITHFIELD NOVEMBER 7-13, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER ing, Francazio said the Sand Trace plot would have 180 units where he believes there should 22 units, 720 people where there should be 88 people, and 360 cars where there should be 44 cars. "In effect, in my opinion, this is selling out the neighborhood," he said. A Sand Trace comprehensive permit application for master plan review follows the town compre- hensive plan's outline for low- and moderate-income housing, which allows zoning waivers for develop- ments offering 25 percent or more affordable housing. Twenty-five percent of the 180 units proposed, or 45, will be moderate-income units that are avail- able to people making 80 percent of Smithfield's median income. Pointing to the comprehensive plan as the source of the problem, Francazio takes offense to table H-25, where the Planning Department identifies 33 locations throughout Smithfield as properties to accommo- date housing for those with low or moderate incomes. The "H-25 hit-list" stripped Smithfield residents of their rights and protections afforded by zoning laws in town, Francazio said. "It is where everything goes hor- ribly wrong," Francazio said. "The H-25 table has allowed select indi- viduals in the Planning Department to target neighborhoods for destruc- tion." Though Francazio accused the Planning Department of changing the list to give "preferential treat- ment" to developers, Town Planner Michael Phillips pointed out the comprehensive plan has included Sand Trace on the H-25 table since 2004. Phillips said by developing a plan for Smithfield to reach the state requirement of 10 percent afford- able housing stock, creating the H-25 table protects the town from being inundated with such housing proj- ects. "Otherwise, you open the whole town to Comprehensive Permit applications for LMI housing," he said. Smithfield is currently "right in the middle," with around 5 percent affordable housing, Phillips said. In 2012, the LMI plan and table H-25 were re-written to lower units- per-acre rates and locate more pos- sible development sites. Sand Trace remained but was re-surveyed to show an increase of buildable area from 22.8 acres to 35.4 acres. Sand Trace LLC owner and Smithfield developer Frank Simonelli and Phillips agree that the Sand Trace development, slated on the comprehensive plan for 177 units of LMI housing, is suitable for the pro- posed housing plan. "It comes down to if the site has municipal services and infrastruc- ture," Simonelli said. Phillips said Sand Trace was an ideal location when identifying pos- sible LMI sites because it meets major criteria: it can be connected to public sewer, water, underground utilities and has previously been used as a gravel pit. "Our parcel is earmarked and selected by the town as one of the best pieces of property for this type of project," Simonelli said. Sand Trace requested a waiver on road width within the development, SAND TRACE From Page One The 78-build- ing, 180-unit plan for the SAND TRACE DEVELOP- MENT, 8 Mann School Road, will sit in a low-den- sity residen- tial zone off Log Road. Continues on next page Fall Festival November 5th-21st Morgan Health Center 80 Morgan Ave., Johnston, RI Grandma's Attic and Raffle Baskets Come join us to celebrate Our Fall Festival

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