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PUBLIC NOTICE
Mail Ballot Information
March 2, 2021
Charter Questions and Statewide Funding
Referenda
The last day to apply for a mail ballot is
February 9. This is a two-page ballot that
includes 20 local questions, so it will take some
time to vote. If you apply for a mail ballot you
may not vote early at Town Hall or at the polls
at the Block Island School on March 2, 2021. If
you need another mail ballot application, they
are online (RI Board of Elections website), outside Town Hall weather permitting, or call the
Town Clerk’s Office at (401) 466-3200.

PUBLIC NOTICE
ATTENTION VOTERS
New Shoreham Board of Canvassers
Meeting
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
8:00 a.m.
The Board of Canvassers will meet via
telecommunication pursuant to State of Rhode
Island Executive Order 20-46 dated June 12,
2020.
Zoom access: dial toll free for cellular
phone or landline (888) 788 0099; (833) 548
0276; (833) 548 0282 or (877) 853 5247.
When prompted, Meeting ID: 811 5873 2386
Passcode 749140. We do not have bandwidth to
support a video link for members of the general
public. Raise your hand” on your phone by
pressing *9; mute and unmute by pressing *6.
1. Canvass and correct the Voting List
for the Final Canvass for the Statewide
Special Referenda Election to be held
on March 2, 2021.
2. Planning Session for the March 2, 2021
election
Individuals requesting interpreter services
for the deaf and hard of hearing must call (401)
466-3200 forty-eight hours in advance of the
meeting date. TTY: 711. 1/19/2021 FF

PUBLIC NOTICE
Shellfish Commission
Meeting via Zoom Enterprise
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.
AGENDA
The New Shoreham Shellfish Commission
will meet via telecommunication pursuant to
State of Rhode Island Executive Order 20-46
dated June 12, 2020.
Zoom access: 833 548 0282 US Toll-free,
877 853 5247 US Toll-free, 888 788 0099 US
Toll-free, or 833 548 0276 US Toll-free.
Meeting ID: 869 2012 6932 Passcode:
613281
1. Public Input
2. Approval of Minutes
3. Correspondence
4. Report of the Harbormaster
5. Continue Discussion on Use of the
Upweller for 2021 Season
6. Continue Discussion on Quahog/
Softshell Clam Surveying in the GSP
Listen to the meeting: Listen using access
codes above. Please dial in 2 minutes before the
meeting unless you may be commenting.
Two ways to comment:
Send your comments and questions at least
12 hours before the meeting to harbors@
new-shoreham.com. They will be distributed
to the Shellfish Commission. The Commission
will be able to take time to read them before
the meeting.
Register to speak by phone during the
meeting by emailing the number of the phone
you’ll be using, your name, and the organization (if any) you are representing to harbors@
new-shoreham.com 12 hours before the meeting. Instructions will be emailed back. You
must log in half an hour before the meeting
starts.
Individuals requesting interpreter services
for the deaf and hard of hearing must call (401)
466-3200 forty-eight hours in advance. TTY:
711. 2/2/21 hs

PUBLIC NOTICE
Block Island Land Trust
Thursday, February 11, 2021, 4:00 p.m.
Meeting to be held virtually via Zoom
Pursuant to RI Executive Order.
Meeting will be conducted via Zoom. Listen
to the meeting by dialing this phone number:
1-877-853-5247 (toll free). When prompted, enter Meeting ID: 825 5341 8556 and
Passcode: 638752.
AGENDA
4:00 p.m. – Open Session:
Public Input (Please submit comments or
questions via email to landtrust@new-shoreham.com before 2:00 p.m. on meeting day.
Treasurer’s Report: December 2020
Secretary’s Report
Approval of Minutes: Open & Closed
January 14, 2021; Special Closed January
26, 2021; Special Closed February 1, 2021
Stewardship
Continue Discussion Re:
Trails and Horseback Riding
Receive and Act Upon Trail Monitor
Proposal
Hull Pond
Millikin
Ocean View
Ball-O’Brien Beach Access
*Discuss and act on pending amendment
to Planning Board Subdivision Regulations
related to the allowance of land subject to
Conservation Easements to be considered
developable land, and proposed Town
Council amendment to Zoning Ordinance
definition of developable land.
4:30 p.m. – Closed Session: Acquisitions*,
Litigation*
Motion(s) as a result of closed session discussion
Adjournment
Next Meeting: Thursday, March 11, 2021
*These items may be held in Closed Session
pursuant to RIGL 42-46-5(a)(5) (acquisitions:
confidential at this time), and RIGL 42-46-5(a)
(2) (litigation: updates for Renz, TNS Zoning
Board/Stockman-Washington County Superior
Court Case #WC2016-250, Champlin’s Marina
Case -Champlin’s Realty Associates v. Paul E.
Lemont, et al, Supreme Court, SU-2020-00168
M.P., TNS Planning Board/Zoning pending
amendments described above).
Those requesting interpreter services for the
hearing impaired must call (401) 466-3200 48
hours prior to meeting date. TTY: 711.
Posted: February 3, 2021

 

Notice of Public Hearing

Proposed Amendment to TNS Zoning

Relating to Solar Energy Systems: 

Section 517 - Solar Energy Systems And Article 4 Criteria for Special Use Permits

Section 425 “Solar Energy Systems”

 

Monday, March 1, 2021

Town Hall, Old Town Road, Block Island RI

7:00 PM

 

The New Shoreham Town Council will consider amendments to the Zoning Ordinance related to Solar Energy Systems, as follows.  Deletions appear crossed out and additions are underlined.  The proposed 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 alteration or amendment must be presented for comment in the course of the hearing.  

Section 517 – Solar Energy Systems (SES)

A. Purpose: This section is intended to provide for and encourage the installation of solar energy systems on Block Island. Such systems shall include both solar thermal, to heat water, and photovoltaic systems, to create electricity. Photovoltaic systems may either provide power to be consumed on site, or be connected to the electrical production and distribution system with credit given by the utility for excess power produced. The purpose of this section is to regulate the placement, design, installation and removal of solar energy systems to minimize any potential adverse impact they may have on the aesthetics, public health, and safety of the Town.

B.Intent: The Town encourages the use of accessory solar energy systems to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and to promote resiliency. The Town supports solar energy systems in locations which provide the greatest potential energy generation while actively striving to minimize the visual impacts to the existing landscape from which SES are visible from adjoining roadways and abutting

C. B Definitions: The following terms shall have the following meanings as used in this Section:

  1. Abandoned Solar Energy System: A solar energy system that has reached the end of its useful life, is not fully maintained, or is disconnected with no plan for
  2. Solar Energy System Array Size: The total area of the collector panels in a solar energy installation, measured as the length times width of each panel, with the area of all panels totaled to determine system size and expressed as square feet. System Array size is to be applied when calculating the contribution of a ground mounted solar energy installation system to lot
  3. Front Setback: An open unoccupied space on the same lot with the structure extending the full width of the lot and situated between the street line and the front line of the structure projected to the side lines of the
  4. Ground-Mounted Solar Energy System: A solar energy system that is structurally appended to the ground and is not supported to a structure or
  5. Roof-Mounted Solar Energy System: A solar energy system that is structurally appended to the roof of a code compliant
  6. Solar Canopy: A solar energy system that is located on an elevated accessory structure that hosts solar panels and provides shelter to a parking area, driveway or walkway underneath.
  7. 1.Solar Energy Installation System (SES): The collective components of an individual solar energy system, including solar hot air or water collection devices or solar photovoltaic panels or arrays, and all supporting equipment and structures. and subsystems, including both solar thermal and photovoltaic, required to convert solar energy into electric energy or hot water. Solar energy systems are further defined by the following installation types: roof-mounted, ground-mounted, and solar

D. C. Applicability and Review Procedures:

1. Solar energy systems are considered accessory uses and are allowed in the Town of New Shoreham as follows: in all zoning districts as accessory uses subordinate to the principal use of the

1. A roof mounted solar energy system, meeting all of the provisions of Section E below shall be allowed by right in all zoning

2. Ground mounted solar energy installations with a total system size of 750 square feet or less on a single lot or parcel shall be allowed by right in all zoning

2. Ground mounted solar energy installations systems, or solar canopies, with a total system array size greater than 750 400 square feet may be allowed by special use permit under the provisions of Section An application must be submitted to the Zoning Board of Review for a Special Use Permit under the provisions of Section 425. Any such application shall also be subject to Development Plan Review by the Planning Board under the provisions of Section 704.

3. Any solar system SES proposed within the Historic Overlay District shall require review and approval by the Historic District

4. Solar energy systems must be consistent with all applicable State and Federal fire and electrical safety codes and shall obtain all necessary statewide solar, building, and electrical permits from the Building Official prior to commencement of

D. Procedures: Prior to the installation of a solar enerby system, the property owner or installer shall receive a building permit from the Building Official. The following procedures shall apply:

  1. An application for a solar energy installation shall be made on a form to be provided by the Building Official. If the total system size of purposed ground mounted solar energy installations exceed 750 square feet, an application must be submitted to the Zoning Board of Review; for a special use permit under the provisions of Section Any such application shall also undergo development plan review by the Planning Board under the provisions of Section704.
  2. The Building Official will determine if the proposed system, whether roof mounted or ground mounted, meets all of the applicable dimensional standards of this Section, or if a dimensional variance is required, in which case an application shall be submitted to the Zoning Board of Review under' the provisions of Section
  3. The Building Official shall not grant a building permit for any solar system within the Historic Overlay District until the Historic District Commission has reviewed and approved.

E. Standards for Roof-Mounted Systems: solar collectors or panels which are mounted on the roof of a building are exempt in the calculation of the calculation of the building's height, but may shall not extend above the highest point of the roof, regardless of its total height, by more than one (1) foot unless a dimensional variance is obtained. In no case shall a solar panel extend beyond the edge of the In addition, if the distance between the surface of the roof and the upper surface of eh solar panels shall not be more than four two (4 2) feet, i.e. meaning the panel shall not be higher than 4 2 feet above the plane of the roof. If feasible, such panels shall be mounted so as to not be visible from adjoining roadways or neighboring properties. Roof mounted systems are considered separate from, and shall be reviewed for compliance independently of, ground mounted systems on the same lot or parcel. 

F. Standards for Ground-Mounted Systems: The following dimensional standards shall specifically apply to ground mounted solar systems. Solar energy systems which consist of one or more installations that exceed 750 square feet of system size  on  a single lot  or  parcel  are  allowed  only by special use permit and shall  be governed by the standards of Section 424.  Relief from height and setback requirements may be granted by the Zoning Board of Review as a dimensional variance. Ground mounted systems are considered separate from, and shall be reviewed for compliance independently of, roof mounted systems on the same lot or

  1. Height: A ground mounted solar system Ground-mounted SES shall not exceed eight ten(810) feet in height, as measured from the natural grade to its highest point, including the top of any support structure or panel when adjusted to its highest seasonal
  2. Ground-mounted SES shall comply with the minimum side and rear setbacks for accessory structures and uses for the zoning district in which the SES is located. Applications seeking placement of ground-mounted solar energy systems within the front setback of a property shall require a Special Use Permit from the Zoning Board of Review. Such use shall also undergo development plan review by the Planning Board under the provisions of Section
  3. 3. Lot Coverage: The first two-hundred fifty (250) square feet of system array size, of one or more solar energy installations on a single lot shall be exempt in the calculation of total lot coverage in all zoning districts. Any Additional square foot area of system array size beyond 250 square feet shall be counted toward the maximum lot coverage for the zoning district in which the system is

 

  1. Setbacks:

a. Front Solar panels should not to be placed within the front setback of a property, as defined in Section 202, if there is a viable alternative location. Any panel that is so located must meet  the minimum front setback requirement for the  zoning  district  in  which  it  is located. However, in the OHC Zone, no ground mounted solar system shall be placed within the front setback of any property.

b. Side and Rear. A solar energy installation with a system size of 250 square feet or less is governed by the following reduced setback requirements:

  1. Fifteen (15) foot side and rear setbacks shall be allowed in the RA and RB Zones and in the SC Zone; and
  2. Ten (10) foot side and Fear setbacks shall be allowed in the RC, RC/M and M Zones and in the OHC and NHC

The reduced setbacks above are allowed for a solar energy installation on a single lot provided that the total system size does not exceed 250 square feet. Any solar energy installation that meets 250 square feet of system size must meet the minimum side and  rear setbacks for the zoning district in which the system is located.

G.Standards for Solar Canopies: Building height for solar canopies shall not exceed twelve (12) feet in height. All other applicable dimensional standards required for the zoning district in which the proposed solar canopy is located shall apply.

H.Abandonment: If any solar energy system is not fully maintained or is abandoned, the Building Official shall be authorized to direct the removal of such system and all of its components.  The property owner shall remove the system within sixty (60) days of said notice by the building OfficialAny abandoned solar energy system shall be removed within 180.days from the date of discontinued operations. Decommissioning shall consist of:

1. Physical removal and recycling of all solar energy system

2. Disposal of all solid and hazardous waste in accordance with all federal, state and local laws, regulations and  

3. Stabilization and re-vegetation of the site necessary to minimize

The Building Official shall be authorized to direct the removal of abandoned SES and all of its components. The property owner shall remove the system within ninety (90) days of said notice by the Building Official. If the owner or operator of an abandoned or decommissioned SES fails to remove the SES in accordance with the provisions of this section, the Town of New Shoreham may enter the property and physically remove all components of the SES at the cost of the property owner.

ARTICLE 4 - CRITERIA FOR SPECIAL USE PERMITS

Section 425 - Solar Energy Systems

A. Applicability: Solar energy systems are considered accessory uses, and are permitted in all zoning districts, as provided in Section 516 517.

A ground-mounted solar energy system, or solar canopy, consisting of one or more installations with a total system array size greater than 750 400 square feet, is allowed only upon the granting of a special use permit by the Zoning Board of Review. Such use shall also undergo development plan review by the Planning Board under the provisions of Section 704. In no case shall a solar array size greater than 750 square feet be permitted if the primary use of the lot is residential.

A ground-mounted solar energy system, or solar canopy, consisting of one or more installations to be located in the front setback of a property, is allowed only upon the granting of a special use permit by the Zoning Board of Review. Such use shall also undergo development plan review by the Planning Board under the provisions of Section 704.

B. Standards: Prior to the approval of an application submitted under this Section, the Zoning Board of Review shall determine that it meets the general criteria for a special use permit. The standards below listed in Section 517, as applicable, and the following standards shall also apply.

  1. Dimensional Requirements: All applicable dimensional standards required for the zoning district in which the proposed solar energy system is located shall apply, specifically setbacks and lot coverage, unless a dimensional variance is also granted by the Zoning Board of Review. However, in no ease shall a ground  mounted  solar energy  system  proposed  under this Section be allov1ed within the front setback of any residentially used property;
  2. The system shall not exceed eight (8) feet in height, as measured from the natural grade to its highest point, including the top of any support structure or panel when adjusted to its highest seasonal position;
  1. All electrical lines are to be placed underground and the system designed to prevent unauthorized access; and Power and communication lines running between sub arrays of solar panels and to the off-site electric distribution system or interconnections with buildings onsite shall be buried
  2. The system shall be comprised of low glare panels, and or black framing. Solar energy systems shall be designed and located to prevent reflective glare towards any inhabited building or roadway.
  1. Solar energy systems shall be constructed and maintained in a way that minimizes the use of herbicides and pesticides. Vegetative cover, consisting of native plants, shall be maintained to prevent soil erosion.

4.  Solar energy systems shall be sited and designed to minimize any negative aesthetic impact on viewsheds and abutting properties. The siting of solar energy systems should prioritize limiting visibility from public roadways. The design shall incorporate landscaping and design elements to visually screen the SES from public roadways and abutting properties.

 

Posted February 2, 2021

Public Hearing: March 1, 2021

Fiona Fitzpatrick

Town Clerk

 

PUBLIC NOTICE
New Shoreham Planning Board
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
4:00 p.m. @ via Zoom
Block Island, RI 02807
The meeting will be held via telecommunication pursuant to State of Rhode Island
Executive Order 20-46. VIA ZOOM.
VIA ZOOM: Webinar ID: 826 8386 8775
Passcode: 306298
Via Telephone: 1 646 558 8656 or
+1 301 715 8592 or +1 888 788-0099
AGENDA
• Marino, Michelle. Plat 8, Lot 42. Fire
# 307 Southeast Road. Application
for Development Plan Review of an
Application for a Special Use Permit
under Sections 306 (E), 314(C), 415 (B)
(1)(2)(3) and (5) and a Variance from
Section 306(C) to construct a staircase
to allow for beach access. Review and
act on waiver requests and set the public hearing
• Stinebaugh, John M. and Stinebaugh,
Blakely R. Plat 4, Lot 7-1. Fire #
615 Corn Neck Road. Application
for Development Plan Review of an
Application for a Special Use Permit
under Sections 306 (E), 401 and 406
to demolish an existing single-family
dwelling and construct a single-family
dwelling and an accessory structure.
Review and act on waiver requests and
set the public hearing
• Gelsomini, Nick and Pamela. Plat 4,
Lot 63. Fire # 617 off Corn Neck Road.
PUBLIC HEARING for an Application
for Development Plan Review of an
Application for a Special Use Permit
under Sections 306 (E) and 406 to
demolish an existing single-family
dwelling and construct a single-family
dwelling, accessory residential structure, spa and in-ground pool. The single-family dwelling exceeds the square
footage and cubic feet limits set forth in
Section 306 (E).
• Gelsomini, Nick and Pamela. Plat
4, Lot 63. Fire # 617 Off Corn Neck
Road. Advisory to the Zoning Board of
Review for an Application for a Special
Use Permit under Sections 306 (E) and
406 to demolish an existing single-family dwelling and construct a single-family dwelling, accessory residential
structure, spa and in-ground pool. The
single-family dwelling exceeds the
square footage and cubic feet limits set
forth in Section 306 (E).
• BI Harborview Partners II, LLC.
Plat 4, Lots 28 & 29. Pre-Application
by Richard Hayes for an Administrative
Subdivision of land on Corn Neck
Road.
• Overlook Realty, LLC. Plat 19,
Lot 3. Application for a Master Plan
Stage review of a Major Subdivision
of land off West Side Road; Public
Informational Meeting. Continued from
10/14/20
• Merkler, William and Shannon. Plat
9, Lot 58-2. PUBLIC HEARING for an
Application by Alexander Mitchell and
Rod Mitchell for a Preliminary PlanLevel Review for a modification to an
existing plan under Section 908. This
is a modification to the original subdivision for Lot 58-2. Continued from
12/9/20
• Discuss possible amendments to Zoning
regulations related to the size and massing of residential structures, Zoning
Ordinance Section 406 Residential
Structures Meeting Certain Thresholds,
Section 514 Residential Structures
in the RA and RB Zones, Section 11
General Prohibitions, and Sections
306(E) and 307 (E)
• Approval of Minutes
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PUBLIC NOTICE
Conservation Commission
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
5:30 p.m. @ via Zoom
Block Island, RI, 02807
AGENDA
The meeting will be held via telecommunication pursuant to State of Rhode Island
Executive Order 20-46 dated June 12, 2020
VIA ZOOM
Webinar ID: 812 2589 4402 Passcode:
254059
Via Telephone: 1 646 558 8656 or +1 301
715 8592 or +1 888 788-0099
• Call to Order
• Marino, Michelle. Plat 8, Lot 42. Fire
# 307 Southeast Road. Advisory to
the Zoning Board of Review for an
Application for a Special Use Permit
under Sections 306 (E), 314(C), 415 (B)
(1)(2)(3) and (5) and a Variance from
Section 306(C) to construct a staircase
to allow for beach access.
• Stinebaugh, John M. and Stinebaugh,
Blakely R. Plat 4, Lot 7-1. Fire #
615 Corn Neck Road. Advisory to
the Zoning Board of Review for an
Application for a Special Use Permit
under Sections 306 (E), 401 and 406
to demolish an existing single family
dwelling and construct a single family
dwelling and an accessory structure.
• Approval of Minutes
• Adjournment
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PUBLIC NOTICE
As part of a program to reduce the deer herd, there will be controlled hunting on
Town-owned land: Plat 20 Lot 20
Archery Shotgun Muzzleloader:
January 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 of 2021
February 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 of 2021
Signs will be posted on West Beach Road and Andy's Way.
The non-hunting public is advised to keep clear on these days.