Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Approximately 60 people came out Monday night for the first hearing on the master plan for the proposed 'Palmer Pointe' affordable housing development in Barrington.
The first public hearing scheduled by the Planning Board on the master plan for the proposed affordable-housing project at Sowams Nursery in Barrington plowed some old ground and some new soil on Monday night in the library auditorium. Approximately 60 residents, most of them opposing the “Palmer Pointe” development, listened to Union Studio founding architect Don Powers, who has designed the complex, run through a similar presentation on the proposed project that he has made at several previous public meetings for the developer, the East Bay Community Development Corporation in Bristol. Then representatives of CODDER 02806 (Committee Opposed to Detrimental Development and for Environmental Responsibility), the citizens group that is …
Monday, May 13, 2013
The Barrington Planning Board is holding the first of two hearings on the master plan for the affordable-housing development in the Barrington library auditorium at 7 pm.
The first of two separate public hearings on the master plan of the “Palmer Pointe” affordable housing development proposed for the Sowams Nursery site in Barrington will be held tonight. The hearing will start at 7 pm in the Barrington library auditorium in anticipation of a large turnout. The Planning Board has scheduled the hearing. All abutters, in particular, should have received certified letters from the Planning Board inviting them to the hearing, according to Phil Hervey, town planner. The two hearings have been scheduled because the Planning Board believes that one will not be sufficient to handle the turnout -- especially from the citizens’ group, CODDER 02806, which has been circulating a petition against the development and …
Friday, April 12, 2013
Volunteers are needed for Barrington's government boards.
Friday, April 12
The Barrington Town Council is looking for volunteers for the housing board of trustees, one vacancy, and planning board, two vacancies, (two reappointments.) Resume forms can be obtained through the webste, www.barrington.ri.gov. at the town clerk's office at town hall or at the library. The deadline to submit your resume to the town clerk's office is Friday, April 26.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
The State Housing Appeals Board rules against additional 'intervention' by abutters and opponents to the proposed Residences at the Preserve condominium development.
No “intervention” by abutters or opponents will be allowed in the appeal of the Barrington Planning Board’s rejection of the proposed condominium development at Nockum Hill. The State Housing Appeals Board made that ruling Wednesday afternoon on the appeal for "Residences at the Preserve," a development of 24 condos – up to 8 of them as affordable housing -- proposed for a former horse paddock that abuts farmland and lies just east of the Doug Rayner Wildlife Refuge. In short, the ruling means that the abutters to the property on George Street, the Barrington Land Conservation Trust, and the Barrington Preservation Society have had their say and will have to rely on Barrington’s assistant solicitor to stave off a possible reversal of the …
The Planning Board has scheduled public meetings on the 'master plan' for the affordable housing project for May 13 and May 30.
Two separate public hearings on the master plan of the “Palmer Pointe” affordable housing development proposed for the Sowams Nursery site in Barrington have been set up by the Planning Board. The first hearing will be held on Monday, May 13, in the library auditorium in anticipation of a large turnout. The second hearing will be held on Thursday, May 30, in the Council Chamber in Town Hall. The auditorium was not available. Both hearings will start at 7 pm. The hearings will be advertised, said Town Planner Philip Hervey. All abutters will be notified of the meetings with certified letters. Two hearings were scheduled because the Planning Board believes that one will not be sufficient to handle the anticipated turnout, especially from …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The Barrington Planning Board meets tonight at 7 in Town Hall.
Federal grants, an RFP for street signage and scheduling a special meeting on the proposed Palmer Pointe affordable housing development top the agenda of tonight’s meeting of the Barrington Planning Board. The monthly meeting starts at 7 pm in the Council Chamber in Town Hall. The federal funds involve the 2013 Community Development Block Grant application. It will be reviewed to make sure the proposed spending of the money is consistent with Barrington’s “comprehensive plan.” The request for proposal (RFP) involves hiring a consultant to help the board craft a “Streetscape/Wayfinding Signage” plan for the town. Palmer Pointe involves only the scheduling of a special public information meeting on the “master plan.” It does not involve the …
The Barrington Planning Board wants to create a 'Streetscape/Wayfinding Signage' plan for the town.
The underused kiosk that sits just off the East Bay Bike Path at the Barrington Shopping Plaza may finally be destined for a makeover as part of a larger signage plan for the town. The Planning Board is looking for a consultant to create a “Streetscape/Wayfinding Signage” plan for town center. The kiosk is one of the elements expected to be a significant part of the plan, said Town Planner Phil Hervey. “We want to capitalize on the bike path,” said Hervey. "We've never done that." The overall signage plan is expected to develop directional signs and maps that will -- for the first time -- direct bikers, walkers, shoppers and tourists in vehicles around town center, in particular. The plan is seen as particularly important with Barrington …
Friday, March 29, 2013
The location of the State Housing Appeals Board's hearing on the appeal of the Barrington Planning Board's rejection of Residences at the Preserve is now the Department of Administration on Capitol Hill.
The April 3 hearing on the appeal of the rejection of the Nockum Hill condominium development by the Barrington Planning Board has been moved to a new location. The hearing by the State Housing Appeals Board (SHAB) will be held at the Department of Administration, One Capitol Hill, second floor, conference Room A, according to Christine Darocha, administrator for SHAB. It starts at 4 pm. There is free parking in the State House parking lots. The gates go up at 3:30 pm. The location was moved because of the potential for a large turnout by abutters and representatives of the Barrington Preservation Society, which opposes the development – dubbed The Residences at the Preserve. The only item on the agenda is whether abutters to the proposed …
Monday, March 25, 2013
The State Housing Appeals Board sets first hearing on the Barrington Planning Board's rejection of 'The Residences at the Preserve'; it will determine 'abutter intervention'.
The first hearing on the appeal by the developer of the Barrington Planning Board’s rejection of the condominium complex proposed at Nockum Hill has been scheduled for April 3. But the only item on the agenda is whether abutters to the proposed development -- Residences at the Preserve -- will be allowed to intervene, said Christine Darocha, the administrator for the State Housing Appeals Board (SHAB). The name of the complex comes from its proximity to the Doug Rayner Wildlife Preserve. The April 3 hearing will be public. It will start at 4 pm in Suite 500 of the offices of the Nixon Peabody law firm at 1 Citizens Plaza in Providence. The general counsel for SHAB, Steve Richard, is an attorney with Nixon Peabody. “SHAB usually allows …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
A joint meeting of three Barrington boards and dozens of residents gather in the library for a 'pre-application conference' on controversial 'Palmer Pointe'.
A rather unusual “pre-application conference” for the proposed Palmer Pointe affordable housing complex in Barrington took place Tuesday night in the library. It took place even though Andrew Teitz, assistant solicitor for Barrington, said several times that the 48-unit development “can’t be treated any different” than any other project. The project planned for the former Sowams Nursing site was presented at a joint meeting of three boards, the Planning Board, the Technical Review Committee and the Housing Board of Trustees, and in front of 50 to 60 residents in that neighborhood. Everyone was allowed to ask questions of representatives of the developer, the East Bay Community Development Corporation, which operates the Sweetbriar …