Public Notices - February 9, 2013

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 7:46pm

Public Notice
The Planning Board Meeting
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
4:00 P.M. @ Town Hall, Old Town Road   
Block Island, RI 02807

The Town of New Shoreham Planning Board will be in session for a meeting on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 4:00 P.M. at the Town Hall, Old Town Road, Block Island, RI.
1. Warden’s Pond of BI, LLC and Block Island Holdings, LLC. Plat 13, Lots 14-1 and 14-2. Pre-application for an Administrative Subdivision off Cooneymus Road.
2. Discussion of possible zoning amendments regarding galley drain fields for septic systems.
3. Act on the proposed Capital Budget requests and forward to the Town Manager.
4. Discussion of a letter from the Old Harbor Task Force regarding merchandise displays outside downtown stores.
5. Proposed amendments to Zoning Ordinance Section 405 Affordable Housing; follow up discussion
6. Comprehensive Plan Update requirements/Proposed Planning Projects for 2013; discussion
7. Approval of Minutes
THE PLANNING BOARD’S POLICY IS TO ADJOURN AT 7:30 P.M.  Individuals requesting interpreter services for the hearing impaired must call 466-3200 forty-eight hours in advance of the meeting date. TTY:711   JBB 2/6/13


Public Notice
Block Island Land Trust
Monday, February 11, 2013, 3:15 p.m.
Town Hall, Old Town Road, Block Island, RI

3:15 PM – Open Session:
1.  Public Input
2.  Stewardship
a. K&H Property: TNS Proposal for Harbormaster’s Building    
b. Heinz Field: Request re: wall clearing
c. Fresh Pond: Possible Controlled Burn to Control Mile-A-Minute
d. Solviken Property
3.   Treasurer’s Report: January 2013
4.   Secretary’s Report
5.   Approval of Minutes:  January 14, 2013 (open and closed)
6.  3:40 PM– Closed Session:  Acquisitions, Fundraising, Litigation *
7.   Motion(s) as a result of closed session discussion
8.  Adjournment
Next Meeting:  Monday, March 11, 2013
*This item may be held in Closed Session pursuant to RIGL 42-46-5(5) (acquisitions: confidential at this time), RIGL 42-46-5(7) (discussion of investment of public funds where the premature disclosure would adversely affect the public), RIGL 42-46-5(2) (litigation: updates for Champlin’s Marina Expansion –RI Supreme Court Case #2009-113,114,115-M.P.;  Champlin’s Partnership Inquiry; and Ballard’s Easement matter).
Those requesting interpreter services for the hearing impaired must call (401) 466-3200  
48 hours prior to meeting date.  TTY: 711.
Posted:  February 6, 2013


Public Notice

Separate sealed Bids will be received by the Town of New Shoreham for:  BED & BREAKFAST ACCOMMODATIONS and ROAD MATERIALS on or before 10:00 am on Wednesday, February 20, 2013  at the office of the Town Manager and will be publicly opened and read in public.
Specifications may be obtained by calling (401) 466-3213, email or through the Town’s website at
All bids are to be submitted in separate sealed envelopes clearly marked and should also bear on the outside, the bidder’s name and address and submit to:  Nancy O. Dodge
Town Manager
P.O. Box 220
Block Island, RI 02807
No Bidder may withdraw his Bid within ninety (90) days after the scheduled closing time     for receipt of Bid.
The Town Manager reserves the right to reject any and all bids or any part thereof and to     waive any informalities.
Individuals requesting interpreter services for the hearing impaired must notify the Town     Clerk (401-466-3200) three (3) business days prior to the Bid opening. TTY: 711

Posted: February 6, 2013        Nancy O. Dodge

Town Manager


Public Notice
Not a legal posting: agenda be amended after press time
Electric Utilities Task Group
Monday, February 11, 2013
Town Hall, Old Town Road
12:30 p.m.

1.  Public Input
2.  Approve minutes of January 14, 2013 meeting
3.  Deepwater Decommissioning
4.  Deepwater Update
5.  Discussion of letter from Chris Warfel re: Financing off island-based renewable energy initiative.
6. Streetlight Analysis
7.  BIPCO’s Future Role in Cable Scenario
8.  Discussion of BIPCO’s future fuel usage
9.  Distribution system upgrade
10.  Costs for Feasibility Study
Individuals requesting services for the hearing impaired must call (401) 466-3200 forty-eight
hours in advance of the meeting date. TTY: 711


The New Shoreham School Committee, at its meeting held on Monday, December 17, 2012, approved the posting of the following policy for the required 30-day period prior to adoption:
Policy BAK:  Policy Adoption and Amendment
Copies are available for community perusal during normal business hours at the Island Free Library, the Block Island School, and on the school’s web site (


Public Notice
New Shoreham Town Council Public Hearing
Proposed Amendment to New Shoreham Zoning Ordinance
Relating to Affordable Housing

The New Shoreham Town Council will hold a public hearing at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at Town Hall, Old Town Road, Block Island to consider an amendment to New Shoreham’s Zoning Ordinance Article 2 Section 202 Definitions, Article 4 Section 403 Secondary Dwelling Development, Article 4 Section 404 Attached Multifamily Development,  Article 4 Section 405 Affordable Housing and Article 7 Section 712 Permits, Procedures and Enforcement.   The entire amendment was advertised in the February 2, 2013 Block Island Times.  A summary of the proposal follows.  Before acting on the proposal and/or amendments to it, the Town Council will hear all persons for or against.  The proposed ordinance 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 alteration or amendment must be presented for comment in the course of the hearing.
Article 2 - Section 202 – Definitions
•    Adjustment to the definitions of “affordable housing” and “low or moderate income housing”.
•    Addition of definition for “municipal government subsidy”.
Article 4 - Section 403 – Secondary Dwelling Development
Article 4 - Section 404 – Attached Multi-Family Development

•    Changes to 403F and 404C to allow modifications to the dimensional standards of these types of developments to allow them to also qualify as affordable housing.
Article 4 - Section 405 - Affordable Housing (in its entirety)
•    Rewrite of Section 405 to better organize, and to clarify review and approval procedures for affordable housing developments.
•    Replace the increase of residential density by up to 100%, and more than 100% (current Sections 405A.2 and 405A.3, respectively) with allowable reductions in minimum lot area by up to 50%, and by up to 75% (proposed Sections 405C and 405E, respectively).
•    Identify the types of affordable residential units allowed in each zoning district.
•    New expiration date for Section 405E and changes in thresholds for affordable unit attainment under that section.
•    Addition of review standards to Section 405, with consideration given to type of units, and type and location of proposed affordable housing developments.
•    Adjustment of some performance standards in Section 405, relating to parking requirements, maximum number of units in a development, number of bedrooms allowed in rental units, and requirement for flexible design.
Article 7 – Section 712 – Comprehensive Permits for Low and Moderate Income Housing
•    Replacement of the Zoning Board of Review as the local review body with the Planning Board.
Individuals requesting interpreter services for the hearing impaired must call (401) 466-3200 forty-eight hours in advance of the meeting date.  TTY: 711.  
Fiona Fitzpatrick, Town Clerk