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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 12-06-2018

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14 CUMBERLAND DECEMBER 6-12, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION Rhode Island statutes give the Planning Board authority on inter- pretation and enforcement of local land development regulations, says Jonathan Stevens, planning and com- munity development director. At the Dec. 13 meeting, Stevens will seek the board's confirmation of that inter- pretation, and recommend the board take back the authority it previously delegated to him. Stevens is also seeking authority to hire a "peer review" surveyor and landscape architect, at McKee's expense, to double-check the limits of disturbance and tree line specified in the approved preliminary plan, as well as consider bond reductions for work accomplished and approved by the town for McKee developments at High Ridge Estates and Jenna Way/ Fairhaven Road. Stevens said he will also seek confirmation that unfin- ished detention basins at the first phase of Hidden Meadows (three houses) be required as part of final plan approval for the second phase of the project (20 houses). McKee is the brother of former Cumberland Mayor Dan McKee. Attorney: Town is clueless Kelly says Stevens and town offi- cials have "no clue" what they're talking about in trying to place such limits on McKee and Terrapin, say- ing Stevens lacks understanding of his own regulations. "He (McKee) didn't do anything wrong," he said. "He followed the rules." Nicole Martucci, associate attorney at Kelly, Souza, Rocha & Parmenter, PC, provided a memo from land surveyor Michael Darveau, "which confirms that all of the cutting of trees and/or grubbing performed at Hidden Meadows has been done specifically pursuant to a per- mit issued by" the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, "a copy of which has been submitted to the town on sev- eral occasions. "All tree cutting and/or grubbing has been done, and will continue to be done, in accordance with the DEM-approved plan within limits of disturbance," she wrote. "Additionally, tree cutting, grub- bing and clearing is being done pursuant to a soil and sedimentation control permit which was issued to Terrapin Development for the Hidden Meadows project, and it clearly indicated the disturbance of 15 acres. In fact, it indicates "cut trees and grub new road and lots." The limit of disturbance is set forth in the DEM-approved plan and the identical soil and sedimenta- tion control plan, said Martucci, so there is "no violation of any provi- sion of the ordinances of the town of Cumberland by cutting trees at Hidden Meadows, all of which has been done in accordance with the permits issued for the project." Under soil and sedimentation control rules, cutting of trees is not prohibited, said Kelly. Once the trees were down, his client received all necessary state and local per- mits to clear debris and stumps. He produced a receipt for a land disturbance permit from the town, approved by Building Inspector Kevin Joyce. Kelly said Terrapin requested an on-site meeting. The next thing they knew they were being told they could only cut one acre of trees. He DEVELOPMENT From Page One Continues on next page BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY Workers using heavy machinery were still busy clearing acreage at the FUTURE HIDDEN MEADOWS housing development near the Diamond Hill Reservoir last Friday. Is your will or trust over 5 years old? Call for a review JOSEPH J. ROSZKOWSKI Attorney at Law Serving the people & businesses of Northern R.I. for over 50 years. Estate Planning | Wills | Trusts | Probate & Estate Litigation Real Estate & Title Closings 2178 Mendon Road, Suite 300, Cumberland, RI 02864 • 769-3447 Open Daily 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Rolling papers only 99¢ at our Massachusetts Store! twO lOcatiOnS: 693 Washington St. Attleboro, MA 02703 508-639-5754 194 Reservoir Ave. Lincoln, RI 02865 401-475-3150

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