Attend Palmer Pointe 'Pre-App' Meeting

Planning Board to hold this meeting in public and allow questions about the 'Palmer Pointe' affordable housing development.


At the Barrington Planning Board meeting on January 3, 2013, the Board voted to conduct a “pre-application” conference with the East Bay Community Development Corporation (EBCDC) on January 15, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the Barrington library.

The conference is required by Town Ordinance as a preliminary step to submission of an application for a Comprehensive Permit for any developer of a prospective major subdivision such as the one proposed by EBCDC on the Sowams Nursery property located on Sowams Road.

Board Chair Michael McCormick ruled that the January 15 meeting would be open to the public and that questions would be allowed.  This is a departure from the historic practice of conducting these meetings in private, and a positive response to urging by the Community Opposed to Development (COD 02806) to promote transparency throughout the application process.

COD 02806 had previously submitted to EBCDC a series of questions almost none of which were addressed by EBCDC at their “informational” meeting on November 27, 2012  due to time constraints. The Planning Board has been copied on these questions, and more questions will be presented to them prior to the January 15 conference with EBCDC.

As you may already know more than 500 residents of the Hampden Meadows community have signed a petition opposing the Sowams development.

Community residents are urged to attend the January 15 meeting to both learn about the issues involved, and ask questions they consider important not only for  themselves but for the Barrington community as a whole.  We will publish a completed list of questions proposed prior to the January 15 meeting.

Community Opposed to Development (COD 02806), Barrington

Gary Morse January 07, 2013 at 05:47 PM
It's not just Barrington who think the eco-unfriendly affordable projects are a problem. http://www.thewesterlysun.com/news/editorial-housing-law-needs-review/article_a24be342-57bf-11e2-941e-0019bb2963f4.html
William Rupp January 07, 2013 at 07:02 PM
The meeting is not in Town Hall. It is scheduled for the Barrington Public Library auditorium from 7-9 pm.
Gary Morse January 07, 2013 at 10:52 PM
Here is a question for the Planning Board to help residents better understand the 10% mandate, and why only "deed restricted" homes count in the 10%: When the RI Supreme Court took up the affordable housing question of "fee-in-lieu" payments allowing developers to make a payment so that they didn't have to build cheap houses on expensive property, the court turned to the 2004 Comprehensive Housing Production and Rehabilitation Act "Definitions" section for guidance. They said: "First, § 42-128-8.1(d)(2)-(3) provides definitions for the terms “[a]ffordable housing plan” and “[a]pproved affordable housing plan” as used in the Comprehensive Housing Production and Rehabilitation Act of 2004, but these statutory subsections make no reference to the imposition of fees." http://www.courts.ri.gov/Courts/SupremeCourt/OpinionsOrders/opinions/09-93.pdf Of interest is that the same definitions section § 42-128-8.1(d)(1) provides the definition for "Affordable Housing", where there is also no mention at all of the words "deed restriction". http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/Statutes/title42/42-128/42-128-8.1.HTM Could the Planning Board please explain how it is that RI Housing pushes onto the town a rule that says you can only count "deed restricted" homes in the 10% count? The town would like legal clarification on this matter.


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