The Block Island Times
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Merkler-McAloon master plan approved

Aug 19, 2013

A Planning Board discussion that began last September came closer to a conclusion last night when the master plan for six new lots on property owned by William Merkler and Shannon McAloon was unanimously approved.

Planning Board Chair Margie Comings read a lengthy list of conditions and waivers to the plan, the majority of which focused on preserving as much as 50 percent of the open space on the 23.3 acre parcel (plat 9, lot 58). The board had asked developers to provide a “design to support wetlands protection and open fields” for the property, according to the conditions read by Comings.

Among the conditions Comings read stipulated that the property lots be designed to “respect the abutters” rather than maximizing the developable space. This was to ensure that the final design had an eye on protecting “the character of Block Island,” including the preservation of stone walls, the burial of all utilities and stipulations for soil and sediment control.

The motion to accept the master plan was approved with little comment. Board member Sven Risom acknowledged that it was the end result of one of “the longest discussions in a long time.” Comings agreed, and added, “It was a long road with good results as the end. We have an excellent project.”

In other news, the Planning Board approved an application for an administrative subdivision on properties owned by the Albert Littlefield Revocable Trust and Jane Littlefield Revocable Trust (plat 7, lots 91 and 92). The only change to the property, Comings noted, was the location of the driveway. The motion carried. — Lars Trodson

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