2010-11-25 / News

Subdivision on Narragansett Avenue approved

By Geoff Campbell

The single item of new business was dispatched with speed at the Nov. 17 Planning Commission meeting.

The Commission voted unanimously to approve a Minor 2 lot subdivision for the property located at 61 Narragansett Ave., which is currently owned by Peter Muckell of Newtown, Conn.

Several conditions for approval were proposed to the Commission by the Technical Review Committee.

The conditions included satisfying various applicable ordinances and fee requirements but primarily centered on the water and sewer tie-in and curb cuts that are required to be completed prior to April 30, 2011, which is the projected date for repaving Narragansett Avenue.

The owner concurred that the date provided no undue hardship and that while he has no current plan for the second lot, he is prepared to make “an educated” guess as to where the tie-ins should intersect the property lines.

A second notable condition is that the current owner abandon the previously approved development plan and special-use permit that was granted to the Randall family (the previous owners) for the property during their efforts to place a commercial building at 61 Narragansett Ave.

Muckell agreed to abandon both the plan and permit by “notarized correspondence.”

The Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve the Muckell subdivision.

In other news, Town Planner Lisa Bryer reported that the Town Council had authorized her to send out “a request for qualifications” for a workshop that would likely be held in February and would be led by a consultant who is “more than a facilitator.” The consultant would be in charge of the financial components and produce solid recommendations regarding the disposition of Fort Getty.

Bryer also reported that a meeting of several town officials and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation indicated that RIDOT was “very receptive” to the bike path project and indicated that grant funding may be available.

The next meeting of the Planning Commission is scheduled for Dec. 4.

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