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The Valley Breeze & Observer 04-01-2021

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | APRIL 1-7, 2021 FOSTER / SCITUATE 5 FOSTER – Rhode Island's wind turbine debate is coming to Foster, where members of the Planning Board are set to have a discussion on the future of this energy source here. Town Planner Michael Antonellis said the April 6 meeting, a replace- ment for the canceled March 17 meeting, will feature a "preliminary exploratory discussion on how to address wind turbines in town." "The Planning Board is doing its due diligence to research the issue and figure out how to best proceed," he said. "The board is deciding between whether they should recom- mend that wind turbines be placed on the 'prohibited uses' list within the ordinance, or allow wind turbines by special use permit with certain restrictions." The discussion, he said, "is really in its infancy right now." A number of other communities, including Scituate, are considering restrictions or outright bans on wind turbines, which are often blamed for noise and vision issues for residents nearby. Among other issues to be discussed at the April 6 meeting, to be held at 7 p.m. on Zoom, officials will take part in another conversation about blight and neglect-based deteriora- tion along Route 6, with Building Official Jeff Lykins to take part. Antonellis said he doesn't expect a lot of new material to emerge on the subject, but more revisiting previous board initiatives. "The Planning Board is looking to engage the Town Council in a con- versation as to how best to approach blight in town," he said. "So there will likely be a subsequent joint meeting with the Planning Board and the Town Council as a result. We'll likely try to schedule that at the next meeting." Foster planners will consider whether to ban wind turbines By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com SCITUATE – The newly revital- ized Scituate Recycling Committee is sending out a call for volunteers to help with the 2021 Earth Day Cleanup of Scituate on Saturday, April 24, and hopes to get as many areas of town cleaned up as possible. Committee member Rob Franzblau said one of the committee's first pushes for action was to get a big turnout for this year's Earth Day effort. All town residents are encour- aged to save the date and join the cleanup in Scituate. Franzblau said planning is in its early stages, but the committee is committed to bringing the event to town in a big way. "Our first priority is letting the town residents see something tan- gible, and that's why we're concen- trating now on getting the Earth Day Cleanup of Scituate off the ground in a short time," Franzblau said. He said Earth Day coordinators will be at each of the elementary schools and the high school to set up volunteers for a couple of hours of picking up litter. Scituate Recycling Committee calls for Earth Day cleanup volunteers By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See EARTH DAY, Page 11 TOWN OF GLOCESTER PUBLIC NOTICE PROPOSED COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENT #21-01 Notice is hereby given of a Public Hearing before the Glocester Planning Board at which the proposed Amendment #21-01 of the Glocester Comprehensive Plan and an amendment to Chapter 1. General Provisions, Article III Comprehensive Community Plan, of the Glocester Code of Ordinances will be considered. e public hearing shall be held on Monday, April 12, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. Pursuant to R.I. Executive Order #20-05 and #20- 46 executed by Governor Gina Raimondo, this meeting will be teleconferenced via Zoom: Via Computer: https://zoom.us/j/97648094056?pwd=ZS8zaTQ1dElJbE40aEg1b1BqbjdVdz09 Via Telephone: 833 548 0282 US Toll-free 877 853 5247 US Toll-free 888 788 0099 US Toll-free 833 548 0276 US Toll-free Meeting ID: 976 4809 4056 Meeting Password: 115251 Overlook Ridge, LLC, applicant and Bella Sand, LLC, owner, is proposing an amendment to the existing Comprehensive Plan which was adopted on April 19, 2018 and amended on October 1, 2020. An amendment is proposed to the text of the Land Use Element to allow density in a Planned District of up to three (3) units per one (1) acre and to the Future Land Use Map designating Plat 10, Lot 116 as a Planned District. is plan is being amended in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 45-22.2 of the General Laws of the State of Rhode Island. e proposed text to be considered is available for public review at the Glocester Planning Department, Glocester Town Hall, 1145 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, RI during the hours of 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. and can also be found on the Glocester website at www.glocesterri.org. e proposed Comprehensive Plan language may be altered or amended prior to the close of the public hearing without further advertising as a result of further study or because of the views expressed at the public hearing. Any such alteration or amendment must be presented for comment in the course of said public hearing. If communication assistance or any other accommodation to ensure equal participation is needed, please contact the Glocester Town Clerk's office at 401-568-6206 at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the meeting. FOSTER PLANNING BOARD The Foster Planning Board will conduct a Public Hearing regarding a proposed Preliminary Plan for a Major Subdivision on a property located at Plat 3, lot 34 with frontage on both Pierce Road and T. Parker Road. The meeting will be conducted remotely via Zoom.us, at 7pm, April 21, 2021. The petitioner, Michael S. and Susan C. Barnes, is seeking approval for the creation of 6 residential lots on a property located in the AR (Agricultural/Residential) zoning district. Access to the meeting will be on the Planning Board's agenda posted to the Secretary of State's Open Meetings website at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. A copy of the application is available at the Foster Town Hall, 181 Howard Hill Road, Foster, RI. Please call 401-702-5012 with questions and inquiries. Planning Department 181 Howard Hill Road Foster, RI 02825 401.702.5012 Town of Smithfield • Planning Board PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE LOG ROAD SOLAR Major Land Development Project Preliminary Plan Review Notice is hereby given pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws §45-23-41 and §45-23-42, and the Smithfield Land Development and Subdivision Review Regulations (Adopted 1996, amended September 2019) that a Public Hearing will be held via 'GoToMeeting' at the time and date indicated below for the purpose of presenting and discussing the acceptance of a Preliminary Plan for a proposed Major Land Development, identified below, and provide the public the opportunity to comment on the proposed project. VIRTUAL MEETING Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/454530925 You can also dial in using your phone. United States (Toll Free): 1 877 309 2073 Access Code: 454-530-925 For Technical Support, please call 401-233-1017 Time and Date of Hearing: Thursday, April 15, 2021 - Meeting begins at 6:00 PM Property Proposed for Development: LOG ROAD SOLAR – PUBLIC HEARING Major Land Development – Preliminary Plan Review AP 50 / Lot 29 - 512 Log Road & AP 50 / Lot 67 - 175 Tarkiln Road 145 Acres (approx.) / R-200 Zone Applicant: ISM Solar Development, LLC Owner: William M. Davis, Jr. Engineer: DiPrete Engineering, David Russo, P.E. Availability of Information The Plans and accompanying documents for this Major Land Development are available for the public to review on the Meeting Agendas page of the Town's website www.smithfieldri.com All persons interested in the above are requested to join the meeting at the designated time to be heard thereon. If communication assistance (readers/interpreters/captions) or any other accommodation to ensure equal participation is needed, please contact the Smithfield Town Manager's office at 401-233-1010 at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the meeting. Per Order of the Smithfield Planning Board Albert S. Gizzarelli, Jr., Chairman Town of Smithfield - Planning Board NOTICE OF INFORMATIONAL MEETING Smithfield Fire Station Major Land Development Master Plan Review Notice is hereby given pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws §45-23-40 and the Smithfield Land Development and Subdivision Review Regulations (1996, amended September 2019) that an Informational Meeting will be held via 'GoToMeeting' at the time and date indicated below for the purpose of presenting and discussing the acceptance of a Master Plan for a proposed Major Land Development, identified below, and provide the public the opportunity to comment on the proposed development. VIRTUAL MEETING Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/454530925 You can also dial in using your phone. United States (Toll Free): 1 877 309 2073 Access Code: 454-530-925 For Technical Support, please call 401-233-1017 Time and Date of Hearing: Thursday, April 15, 2021 - Meeting begins at 6:00 PM Property Proposed for Development: SMITHFIELD FIRE STATION – INFORMATIONAL MEETING Major Land Development Project – Master Plan Review AP 48 / Lot 51 – 321 George Washington Highway 2.69 Acres (approx.) / Zone: Light Industrial/EGOD Applicant/Owner: Town of Smithfield /Smile, LLC Engineer: Crossman Engineering Availability of Information The Plans and accompanying documents for this Land Development Project are available for the public to review on the Meeting Agendas page of the Town's website www.smithfieldri.com All persons interested in the above are requested to join the meeting at designated time to be heard thereon. If communication assistance (readers/interpreters/captions) or any other accommodation to ensure equal participation is needed, please contact the Smithfield Town Manager's office at 401-233-1010 at least forty- eight (48) hours prior to the meeting. Per Order of the Smithfield Planning Board Albert Gizzarelli, Jr. Chairman

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