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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 04-11-2019

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4 CUMBERLAND APRIL 11-17, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION Solar farm planned at Cumberland Quarry CUMBERLAND – A new solar facility could soon be coming to the Cumberland Quarry after the Planning Board conditionally approved a master plan for it. The plan at Douglas Vaughan Properties calls for 6.8 acres of pan- els in this five-megawatt facility, according to Director of Planning and Community Development Jonathan Stevens. Also at a March 27 meeting, the Planning Board decided to rec- ommend a revision to the town's zoning ordinance to increase the maximum coverage for a solar farm site on larger industrial sites from 20 percent to 60 percent. There had been a proposal from the owner of the property to allow up to 80 per- cent lot coverage for parcels, but "it did not reflect what the town was willing to support," said Stevens, and the board went with the lower number. The plan from the com- pany calls for coverage far lower than even the 60 percent number, he noted. There are four properties fall- ing under the parameters of the proposed change to allow up to 60 percent coverage on industrial prop- erties of greater than 10 acres, three old quarries and the FedEx property on Industrial Road. There's little chance FedEx owner Brad Dean would be getting in line for a solar project, Stevens said. The section of the Cumberland Quarry targeted for a solar farm is not the part visible immediately to the right of Route 99 heading into Woonsocket. That portion is still active, but the solar project is planned on a defunct portion fur- ther down the Blackstone River. The two properties that would house the project currently have a couple of small businesses operating on them. The Planning Board voted for conditional approval, subject to the council's approval of a zone change for the site. The board recommended favor- able action on the zone change with the provision of 60 percent maximum lot coverage, according to Stevens. The quarry solar project is one of several separate solar initiatives happening in Cumberland. Officials last week approved a 25-year net metering agreement with Southern Sky and they're also pushing for- ward with plans for a solar farm on the old Albion Landfill. The council has been asked to do a zone change to allow ground- mounted solar installations on larg- er properties. Current rules limit solar installations to lot sizes of five acres minimum with a maximum of 20 percent lot coverage. The next phase of the quarry solar project will be the preliminary plan phase, when the developer is expected to present plans in greater detail. By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com This map shows the boundaries of the CUMBERLAND QUARRY properties targeted for solar power along the Blackstone River. 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Town of Cumberland, Rhode Island Planning Board Town Hall - 45 Broad Street Cumberland, Rhode Island 02864 (401) 728-2400 NOTICE OF INFORMATIONAL MEETING Notice is hereby given that the Cumberland Planning Board will hold an Informational Meeting on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 6:30 p.m., in Cumberland Town Hall, Town Council Chambers, 45 Broad Street, Cumberland, Rhode Island 02864. e purpose of the hearing is to consider the filing of a request for a Major Land Development — Master Plan owned by Redwood Realty, and located on 32 Martin Street, being also described as Assessor's Plat 34 Lot 236. e public is encouraged to attend, and offer comment and/or testimony. A copy of the proposal will be available on the Town's website, www.cumberlandri.org, on Friday April 19, 2019 or in the Planning Department during normal business hours. Individuals requesting interpreter services for the hearing impaired must notify the Town Clerk's Office at 401-728-2400, 48 hours in advance. CUMBERLAND FIRE DISTRICT TAXES 4th quarter payment is due April 15, 2019 Grace period ends April 22nd Visit us at 3502 Mendon Rd After-hours payment drop box located in rear of fire station OR send payment to: Cumberland Fire District, PO BOX 10, MANVILLE, RI 02838 Confirm with your lending service if fire taxes are part of escrow payment FAILURE TO RECEIVE A TAX BILL DOES NOT EXCUSE ANYONE FROM PAYING TAXES AND/OR INTEREST PENALTY Pay online or view account summary at www.RIeGov.com Taxes unpaid after due date will be subject to 14% (FOURTEEN) penalty per annum Contact Office of Tax Collection immediately if you recently declared bankruptcy 2019 Fire District Tax bills will be mailed in June www.cumberlandfire.org/tax tax@cumberlandfire.org 401-658-1921

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