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The Valley Breeze & Observer 03-28-2019

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | MARCH 28-APRIL 3, 2019 SMITHFIELD 9 School Road off Log Road. The Sand Trace development, which includes 78 duplex and triplex buildings, is separated for approval in three 60-unit phases to comply with the town's development limit of 1 percent of the town's housing stock per year, or approximately 79 units. Included with the approval, the Planning Board wants to see a detailed traffic study in the next stage, the more specific preliminary plan, with total figures given for the fully completed develop- ment. In addition, the board requested that prelimi- nary plans include a grass strip and asphalt walk- way inside the development as well as an environ- mental impact statement. Much of the discussion focused on the traffic implications of adding 180 units to a rural road. Colavecchio said he felt the traffic studies that were done were "probably more accurate than we want to admit." Both the town and the developer's traffic study found the intersection of Log Road and Pleasant Valley Parkway to have severe delays caused by additional residents using the roadways. Sand Trace traffic expert Joe Giordano said an apple-to- apple comparison between peak hours would be a 67.8 seconds of delay compared to 146.5 seconds of delay. Elizabeth McChesney, conducting an indepen- dent traffic study, said the intersection doesn't cur- rently have high vehicle volumes, but the develop- ment will make traffic worst. Yoakum said the traffic situation is "very prob- lematic" for him, and he does not feel the area can handle the traffic safely. He said impatient drivers will try to cut through the corner parking lot on the corner of Pleasant Valley Avenue and Log Road. "It would be naive to think people wouldn't want to cut through there," Yoakum said. Colavecchio said the condo projects sounds like it will attract people who are looking to downsize, and not as many families with children. Ruotolo said similar condo projects in town do not gener- ate many school-aged children. "If you say otherwise, you don't have evidence to support that," Ruotolo said. He added that the lot was initially approved for 22 houses, which would have a more significant impact on the schools. That said, Ruotolo said he would like to see plans with sidewalks inside the development. Lynn said adding sidewalks along Log Road will make walking to Pleasant Valley Avenue from Sand Trace a safer situation for pedestrians, and the board agreed. A walkway on Log Road will be the town's responsibility to install. Town Planner Michael Phillips said it could be looked at and possibly added to a capital improvement program, possibly even through a partnership with developer and town. The second round of public hearings for phase one of the Sand Trace will continue once the developer and owner, Frank Simonelli, prepares the preliminary plan. Simonelli said while he is elated to have received master plan approval, he continues to remain focused on the work ahead. Since the deci- sion, he said neighboring residents reached out to him and he met and spoke with several people. "It was so refreshing to engage in such pleasant and constructive discussions and I am truly appre- ciative for the great feedback from even the most concerned residents," Simonelli said. He said he hopes to continue the positive dia- logue, and expects the preliminary plan to be completed in several weeks. Phillips said the second phase of the Sand Trace is already in the planning office, and will begin its round of public hearings with the Planning Board soon. Sand Trace abutter Cynthia Mulvey, of Connors Farm Drive, said she is concerned about the board's decision, and felt it was not fully vetted. She and several abutters spoke during public hear- ings for the Sand Trace, expressing concerns on traffic, the environment, health and safety. "Bottom line, our cares and concerns got thrown by the wayside. It's a shame," Mulvey said. Mulvey said she and abutters will return for the second round of Planning Board meetings for the preliminary plan of the first phase of the Sand Trace, and the master plan of the second phase. SAND TRACE From Page One BREEZE PHOTO BY JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD People lined the walls of the ballroom at the Smithfield Senior Center last Thursday as SMITHFIELD RESI- DENTS waited for the Planning Board deci- sion on the Sand Trace development. An audible grumble was let out as the Board gave master plan approval in a 5-4 decision. 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