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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 07-30-2020

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14 CUMBERLAND JULY 30-AUGUST 5, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION RPL's Kirk, Schryver complete highest home sale in Cumberland in 2020 PROVIDENCE – Residential Properties Ltd. has announced the sale of 7 Evans Road for $875,000. Sales associates Elizabeth Kirk and Lisa Schryver of the Kirk/ Schryver Team represented the buyers in this transaction, which according to MLS is the highest sale in Cumberland this year. The home was listed by The Jowdy Group of RE/MAX Distinct Advantage. Kirk joined Residential Properties after 15 years in mar- keting and 2020 marks her 10-year anniversary with Residential. She has earned the Circle of Excellence Award every year as a multi-million dollar producer and was recently honored with the 2018 Circle of Sales Excellence Platinum Plus Award for totaling more than $20,000,000 in sales. In 2019 she was the number-two agent in Barrington, with over $18 million in sales volume. Schryver started her career in real estate more than 25 years ago, and since joining Residential Properties in 2010 has been an award-winning agent earning the R.I. Monthly Five Star Realtor for the past six years. Schryver has also earned the Circle of Sales Excellence Platinum Award in 2017 and 2018, and the Platinum Plus Award in 2019, when she was the No. 1 agent in Barrington with more than $20 million in sales volume. ating mandates from the Planning Board that the landscape and trees shall be preserved, that general topography shall be maintained, that landscaping shall be a unifying effort, that permanent planters shall be required in urban areas rather than encouraged, or that the appro- priate length of a property shall be vegetated, among others. Without more specific require- ments, Stevens told Cumberland Town Council ordinance subcom- mittee members Tuesday, "We can't practically enforce the landscape ordinance." If a development is moving forward, the Planning Board could use this new word- ing to make sure stipulations are adhered to, he said. This won't ultimately be a pana- cea, as a tree protection ordinance would likely be "the ultimate veg- etation protection the town could have," said Stevens, but going that alternate route as some other com- munities have would present a set of complicating factors, including requiring a tree warden and requir- ing that all properties be subject to provisions. The best first step to protecting the town's landscape in the face of development is to focus on devel- opers and to give the Planning Board more authority to protect the existing landscape and negotiate with more authority on provisions related to mature trees, fences, stone walls and other features the town would like to see preserved, said Stevens. The town has repeatedly tussled with some developers, particu- larly Jim McKee, as stipulations in Planning Board approvals have been ignored. Subcommittee Chairman Scott Schmitt said his concern was that using the word shall while taking out the words "whenever possible" might create a situation where it obligates a developer to do the impossible and in essence kill the project. The town can't bind the developers to the point of putting them out of business, he said. Town Solicitor Kelley Morris Salvatore responded that the Planning Board can waive a requirement as long as someone is following good planning prac- tices and legitimately needs to be excused from a requirement. Morris Salvatore said the waiver is the bet- ter approach than keeping "whenev- er possible," as those words are very subjective. Schmitt said her answer satisfied the concerns that he had. The ordinance subcommittee on Tuesday recommended approval of a new ordinance allowing the town to place temporary stop signs with- out council approval. Permanent stop signs would still require council approval. Officials said the change requested by the administration streamlines the new traffic management group's mission to conduct studies and address traffic issues. Councilor Lisa Beaulieu said the allowance for tem- porary signs to be placed for up to 90 days will help with construction projects, noting the likely impact on Hines Road as the water main construction project proceeds on Diamond Hill Road. The subcommittee decided to make a recommendation to the full council to approve the temporary signs and to also include a provi- sion allowing extending the 90 days if needed. That will be particularly useful on long construction projects, they said. The Valley Breeze is committed to keep- ing quality news stories like this one free to our readers. You can be a huge part of this local journalism success story by making a one-time or monthly con- tribution to what we do every week at valleybreeze.com/support. Thank you as always for reading. Board recommends removal of questionable language CUMBERLAND – After questions from a resident on wording contained in the affordable housing sec- tion of the town's comprehensive plan, town officials on Tuesday recommended making a change. Resident Laura Brady had drawn attention to a sentence in the section and asking what it means, said Planning and Community Development Director Jonathan Stevens. That section mentions that south of Route 295, overdevelopment, demographic shifts and other factors could impact the goal of safe and attrac- tive neighborhoods. Brady, an African-American, wanted to know what demographic shifts might mean. Stevens noted that it was actually a reference to gentrification and the issues that fixed-income older residents might have with overdevelopment and getting priced out of the area, but he acknowledged that the original context wasn't readily apparent. He recommended striking the language and adding new wording. The Town Council's ordinance subcommittee on Tuesday recommended an ordinance amending the comprehensive plan to instead "affirm the town's commitment to increasing affordable housing oppor- tunities for people of all races, backgrounds and regardless of socioeconomic status." The change is particularly appropriate during this time of reflecting on the country's history of not giv- ing everyone the same opportunities, said Stevens. Councilor Scott Schmitt said he had thought the line was referring to gentrification, or people being priced out, but after reading the concerns, the change made sense. Councilor Lisa Beaulieu offered thanks for the refin- ing language and says it's more appropriate based on what the original intent of the wording was. 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