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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 12-06-2018

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | DECEMBER 6-12, 2018 CUMBERLAND 15 said they asked what permit they needed and received no response, so they assumed it was the soil erosion and sedimentation permit. Asked about Kelly's noting that the ordinance makes no specific mention of trees, and the referenced "vegeta- tive ground cover" only relates to brush close to the ground, Stevens said he supposes the attorney could technically be correct. Kelly seems to be citing RIDEM's staff policy allowing clearing of trees prior to installing silt fencing and other items. "However, that is land 'clearance,'" said Stevens. "Land 'disturbance' is grubbing, such as removing tree stumps." Stevens: Obligation to save trees, follow rules Cumberland's development regula- tions section states that trees shall be retained wherever feasible, Stevens said. Kelly, in a recording of Planning Board testimony provided to The Breeze from the town, said the developer would stick with prelimi- nary staked areas to be cleared, add- ing that he didn't anticipate "clear- cutting on the lots." Kelly said Stevens should be reminded that the development is by nature saving trees. As a conserva- tion project, 56 percent of the entire parcel is left untouched as open space, he said. Stevens said approval of a pre- liminary plan was conditional on a pre-construction meeting on site with town staff prior to clearing. "The Terrapin attorney requested a time and date, and I responded within an hour saying we would be available on 48 hours notice," he said. "That meeting never took place, and Terrapin proceeded to clear-cut the property." Not the only project A Nov. 21 report from Stevens to the Planning Board on the agenda for Dec. 13 states that four Terrapin Development projects "have been the subject of delays, regulatory vio- lations and exceeding specifications authorized in approved preliminary and final plans." The following are the four projects, according to the 15-page report from Stevens: • Fairhaven Drive and Jenna Way are substantially completed, "but extensive correspondence shows Terrapin unable to meet mutually agreed upon completion deadlines," said Stevens. The department requests the board authorize bond reductions and call in the remaining performance bond balance so the town can complete the projects. • High Ridge is substantially com- pleted. It is recommended the board reduce the bond and establish a deadline of April 30, 2019, to com- plete the project. • Hidden Meadows I is also sub- stantially complete, except drainage basin infrastructure remains unin- stalled and the roadway needs a final topcoat. The department recom- mends the developer be required to complete the installations as a condi- tion of final plan approval of Hidden Meadows II. • The second phase of Hidden Meadows "is of particular concern," said Stevens, "especially after the extensive record of site violations experienced with High Ridge in 2016." In that case, the developer From preceding page See TREES, Page 16

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