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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 06-25-2020

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2 LINCOLN JUNE 25-JULY 1, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION LINCOLN – Plans for subdivid- ing land to build four new homes along the banks of Scott Pond in Lincoln have been put on hold. The application, submitted by Joshua George, called for subdi- viding a 31,475-square-foot lot between the pond and Boulevard Avenue. Late last month, neighbors living across from the proposed develop- ment said they were shocked when crews began clearing trees and foli- age, unaware of plans to develop the land. Boulevard Avenue resident Lindsay D'Ambra notified the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management when she guessed that trees had been cleared within the DEM's required 50-foot wetland buffer, measured from the water's edge. Representatives for the project said the land, which slopes dra- matically down to the water, was professionally surveyed. Wary neighbors began taking their own measurements to prove that the surveyor's stakes were incorrect, and that trees were cleared within the 50-foot buffer. During last week's Technical Review Committee meeting, Town Planner Al Ranaldi said the devel- oper was changing his plans in light of residents' concerns. Ranaldi said the applicant intends to re-survey the entire property, re-delineate the wetland buffer and re-stake the lines. In addition, he said, the project will need a RIDEM permit to move forward. "We heard a lot from residents concerning this project and certain measurements. The applicant has decided to basically start fresh and bring back everything in a nice, neat package," he said. Ranaldi said he thinks all par- ties, including abutters, would feel more comfortable waiting until the RIDEM is able to review the project and weigh in before the Planning Board takes a vote. "You have neighbors taking vid- eos laying tape on the ground, it's just ridiculous, to be honest," said Planning Board member Michael Reilly. "We need to get the profes- sionals back there, recertify it, see what the situation is and then vote on it." The project has been paused for a month to give surveyors time to re-measure the parcel and to receive a letter of non-jurisdiction from the RIDEM. The letter would confirm that the area set for development is not within the RIDEM's purview, so long as the developer keeps out of the wetland buffer. If the state issues a letter of non- jurisdiction, Ranaldi said the proj- ect will be moving forward. The project is set for a Planning Board vote on July 22. Ranaldi said attorneys for the developer, who did not return request for comment as of press time, are hoping to receive word from the RIDEM before then. Boulevard Avenue project on pause after neighbor concerns By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer BREEZE PHOTO BY NICOLE DOTZENROD After crews cleared this strip of land near SCOTT POND on Boulevard Avenue, neigh- bors alerted elected officials and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, fearing the planned housing development is encroaching on the DEM's wetland buffer around the pond. Please let our advertisers know that you read about their products or services in The Valley Breeze Newspapers. 55 Broad Street, Pawtucket, RI 401-723-3400 Helping you See Since 1933! Having Healthy Eyes is all about Prevention, Education and Sometimes Treatment Comprehensive Eye Care The Latest in Fashion and Designer Eyewear Contact Lenses No appointment needed to browse selections or be fitted for glasses Dr. Ben Klibanoff Dr. Mona Klibanoff Dr. David Klibanoff 2295 Diamond Hill Rd. Route 114 (off Exit 11, Route 295) CUMBERLAND, RI BUILDING STRENGTH. FACILITATING RECOVERY. SUPPORTING YOUR GOALS. All of our experienced therapists are licensed and extensively trained to meet your individual needs. • Physical Therapy • Sports Medicine • Advanced Manual Therapy • Craniosacral Therapy • Myofascial Release 401-305-3858

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