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Public Notices - March 1, 2014

Issue # 9
Apr 15, 2014

Public Notice
Planning Board
Monday, March 3, 2014
4:00 P.M. @ Town Hall, Old Town Road

The Planning Board will hold a meeting on Monday, March 3, 2014, at 4:00 P.M. at the Town Hall, Old Town Road.
1. Comprehensive Plan Update. Review and discuss the updating of the Comprehensive Plan.
Individuals requesting interpreter services for the deaf and hard of hearing must call 466-3200 forty-eight hours in advance of the meeting date. TTY:711 JBB 2/21/14

 

Legal Notice
ZONING MODIFICATION REQUEST

Hill, Henry P. and Carol W.  Plat 17, Lot 31.  Zoning Modification request to construct a new addition onto a prior-existing Single Family Dwelling.  The proposed new addition will be located eighteen feet three inches (18’3”) from the eastern property line of Lot 31.  A twenty five (25) foot setback is required from the side of a property in the Residential B (RB) Zoning District.  If no written objections are received from directly abutting property owners by March 28, 2014 the Modification will be granted.
Marc A. Tillson
Building Official
Town of New Shoreham

 

Public Notice
THE ZONING BOARD OF REVIEW
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
4:00 P.M. @ Town Hall, Old Town Road
AGENDA

The Town of New Shoreham Zoning Board of Review will be in session for a regular meeting on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 4:00 P.M. at the Town Hall, Old Town Road.
THE AGENDA IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE BY THE CHAIRMAN OR UPON MOTION OF ANY MEMBER
Hearings:
1. BIEP, LLC. Plat 5, Lot 10. Appeal by Peckham, Inc and Lewis and Nat Gaffett of a Notice of Violation dated November 6, 2013.
2. Payne’s1614 Realty, LLC. Plat 5, Lot 111. Appeal of a Notice of Violation dated July 1, 2013.
3. Payne’s 1614 Realty, LLC. Plat 5, Lot 111. Application for a Special Use Permit under Sections 408, 409 and 703 regarding Payne’s Harbor View Inn.
4. Island Enterprises Inc. Plat 8, Lot 84-6. Application for a Special Use Permit under Sections 113(B)(4) and 309 (E) to create a twenty-seat restaurant in the barn to be open during the winter months.
5. Draper, Rita. Plat 7, Lot 33. Application by North Light Fibers for a Variance from Section 309(C) for installation of a solar electric system.
6. Mansion Road Property, LLC. Plat 3, Lot 125. Application by Edward Pinto for a Variance from Section 306 (C) for construction of front deck stairs.
7. Santamaria. Jamie and Sharon. Plat 8, Lot 141. Application by W. Douglas Gilpin, Jr. for a Variance from Section 306 (C) for an addition onto a single family dwelling.
8. 1506 Block Island, LLC. Plat 16, Lot 44-1. Application by Charles and Tobee McMellon for a Special Use Permit under Section 306 (E) and Section 406 and for a Variance from Sections 306(C) and 514 (C)(2) for an addition to an existing single family dwelling.
Decisions:
1. Temple, Lynn and Martha. Plat 8, Lot 134. Application for a Variance from Section 306(C) for construction of a detached garage.
Election of Officers
Approval of Minutes
THE ZONING BOARD’S POLICY IS TO ADJOURN AT 8:30 P.M.
Individuals requesting interpreter services for the deaf and hard of hearing must call 466-3200 forty-eight hours in advance of the meeting date. TTY:711 JBB 2/21/14

 

Legal Notice
of hearings on an applications for Variances, Special Use Permits an Appeals under the Zoning Ordinance.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Town of New Shoreham Zoning Board of Review will be in session at the Town Hall, Old Town Road on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 4:00 PM for a regular meeting.  All persons interested will be heard for or against the granting of the following applications under the Zoning Ordinances:
1. BIEP, LLC. Plat 5, Lot 10. Appeal by Peckham, Inc and Lewis and Nat Gaffett of a Notice of Violation dated November 6, 2013.
2. Payne’s1614 Realty, LLC. Plat 5, Lot 111. Appeal of a Notice of Violation dated July 1, 2013.
3. Payne’s 1614 Realty, LLC. Plat 5, Lot 111. Application for a Special Use Permit under Sections 408, 409 and 703 regarding Payne’s Harbor View Inn.
4. Island Enterprises Inc. Plat 8, Lot 84-6. Application for a Special Use Permit under Sections 113(B)(4) and 309 (E) to create a twenty-seat restaurant in the barn to be open during the winter months. 5. Draper, Rita. Plat 7, Lot 33. Application by North Light Fibers for a Variance from Section 309(C) for installation of a solar electric system.
6. Mansion Road Property, LLC. Plat 3, Lot 125. Application by Edward Pinto for a Variance from Section 306 (C) for construction of front deck stairs.
7. Santamaria. Jamie and Sharon. Plat 8, Lot 141. Application by W. Douglas Gilpin, Jr. for a Variance from Section 306 (C) for an addition onto a single family dwelling.
8. 1506 Block Island, LLC. Plat 16, Lot 44-1. Application by Charles and Tobee McMellon for a Special Use Permit under Section 306 (E) and Section 406 and for a Variance from Sections 306(C) and 514 (C)(2) for an addition to an existing single family dwelling.

 

Public Notice
Notice of Public Hearing
New Shoreham Zoning Ordinance
Proposed Amendments Relating to Solar Energy Systems
Town Hall, Old Town Road, Block Island RI
March 3, 2014
7:00 PM

The New Shoreham Town Council will consider changes to the Zoning Ordinance at a public hearing 7:00 p.m. Monday, March 3, 2014 at Town Hall, Old Town Road, New Shoreham to add a new section to 514 (Performance Standards) “Solar Energy Systems” and a new section 424 (Criteria for Special Use Permits) “Solar Energy Systems.”  The proposed sections follow in their entirety.   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 5 - PERFORMANCE STANDARDS

Proposed new section:

Section 516 – Solar Energy Systems

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 through net-metering.

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

1. Solar Energy Installation: 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.

2. Solar Energy System Footprint: The area within the perimeter of a ground mounted solar energy installation which includes the total square foot area of the panels in the array and that of any spaces between individually mounted panels or arrays.  Such footprint shall be measured when determining lot building coverage.

C. Applicability: Solar energy systems are considered accessory uses, and are allowed in the Town of New Shoreham as follows:

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

2. One or more ground mounted solar energy systems with a total footprint of 2,000 square feet or less on a single lot or parcel shall be allowed by right in all zoning districts.

3. A ground mounted system or systems with a total footprint greater than 2,000 square feet may allowed by special use permit under the provisions of Section 424.

4. Any solar system proposed within the Historic Overlay District shall require review and approval by the Historic District Commission who shall apply the appropriate Secretary of the Interior Standards in consideration of each solar system on a case by case basis.

D. Procedures: Prior to the installation of a solar energy 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 a proposed ground mounted solar energy system, or the combined footprint of more than one solar energy system on a single lot, is greater than 2,000 square feet, an application must be submitted to the Zoning Board of Review for a special use permit under the provisions of Section 424.  Any such application shall also undergo development plan review by the Planning Board under the provisions of Section 704.

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 706.

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 the application.

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 building’s height, but may 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 roof.   In addition, the distance between the surface of the roof and the upper surface of the solar panels shall not be more than four (4) feet, i.e. the panel shall not be higher than 4 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.

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 2,000 square feet of combined footprint 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.

1. Height: A ground-mounted solar system shall not exceed twelve (12) 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 greatest angle.

2. Lot Coverage: The first 600 square feet of footprint of one or more solar energy installations on a single lot shall be exempt in the calculation of both lot building coverage and total lot coverage in all zoning districts.  Any additional footprint area shall be counted toward the maximum lot coverages for the zoning district in which the system is located.

3. 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.  Solar energy installations with a footprint of 600 square feet or less are 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 rear setbacks shall be allowed in the RC, RC/M and M Zones and in the OHC and NHC Zones.

The reduced setbacks above are allowed for more than one solar energy installation on a single lot provided that the total footprint of each installation does not exceed 600 square feet, and that such installations are separated by at least 100 feet.  Any solar energy installation or contiguous installations that exceed 600 square feet of total footprint must meet the minimum side and rear setbacks for the zoning district in which the system is located.

G. 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 Official.

H. Expiration: This Section shall automatically three (3) years from the date of adoption.

ARTICLE 4 – CRITERIA FOR SPECIAL USE PERMITS

Proposed new section:

Section 424 – Solar Energy Systems

A. Applicability: Solar energy systems are considered accessory uses, and are permitted in all zoning districts, as provided in Section 516.  A ground-mounted solar energy system, consisting of one or more installations with a total footprint greater than 2,000 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.

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 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 coverages, unless a dimensional variance is also granted by the Zoning Board of Review.  However, in no case shall a ground mounted solar energy system proposed under this Section be allowed within the front setback of any residentially used property;

2. The system shall not exceed twelve (12) 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 greatest angle;

3. All electrical lines are to be placed underground and the system designed to prevent unauthorized access; and

4. The system shall be comprised of low glare panels, as certified by the manufacturer.

C. Expiration: This Section shall automatically three (3) years from the date of adoption.

Posted:  February 10. 2014

Hearing: March 3, 2014

Attest: Fiona Fitzpatrick

Town Clerk

 

 

Public Notice

Proposed Addition to New Shoreham General Ordinances

Chapter 10 Miscellaneous Offences

Sections 10-17 “Harassment of hunters, trappers and fishers” and

10-18 “Fluorescent orange requirements”

Town Hall, Old Town Road, Block Island

Monday, March 3, 2014

7:00 p.m.

The New Shoreham Town Council will hold a Public Hearing on March 3, 2014 to consider adopting new Town of New Shoreham General Ordinances “Harassment of hunters, trappers and fishers” and “Fluorescent orange requirements”   The proposed ordinance appears below.  At the public hearing, all persons for or against may be heard and the Town Council may act on this proposal and/or amendments hereto.

Sec. 10-17 Harassment of hunters, trappers and fishers

It shall be unlawful for any person to obstruct or interfere with the lawful taking of wildlife by another person within the boundaries of the town at the location where the activity is taking place with intent to prevent the lawful taking.  A person violates this section when he or she intention ally or knowingly : (1) Drives or disturbs wildlife for the purpose of disrupting the lawful taking of wildlife where another person is engaged in the process of lawfully taking wildlife; (2) Blocks, impedes or otherwise  harasses another person who is engaged in the process of lawfully taking wildlife; (3) Uses natural or artificial visual, aural, olfactory, or physical stimuli to affect wildlife behavior in order to hinder or prevent the lawful taking of wildlife (4) Erects barriers with the intent to deny ingress or egress to areas where the lawful taking of wildlife may occur; (5) Interjects himself or herself into the line of fire; (6) Affects the condition or placement of personal or public property intended for use in the lawful taking of wildlife in order to impair its usefulness or prevent its use; or (7) Enters or remains upon private lands without the permission of the owner or the owner’s agent, with intention to violate this section.

Sec. 10-18 Fluorescent orange requirements:

(a) Fluorescent orange safety clothing is required during the hunting season statewide for all hunters. To meet this requirement, safety clothing must be solid daylight fluorescent orange. Fluorescent camouflage does not meet this requirement. The hunter orange must be worn above the waist and be visible in all directions. Examples that meet the orange requirements are a hat that covers 200 square inches or combination of hat and vest covering 500 square inches. The following orange requirements apply:

(1) Two hundred (200) square inches by small game hunters during the small game            season.

(2)  Two hundred (200) square inches by fall turkey hunters while traveling.

(3)  Two hundred (200) square inches by muzzleloaders during muzzleloading deer              season.

(4) Two hundred (200) square inches by archers when traveling to/from stands                  during muzzleloading deer season.

(5) Five hundred (500) square inches by all hunters and other users (including      archers) during shotgun deer seasons.

(6) Those hunters using Pop-up blinds during the firearms deer season must display         200 square inches of fluorescent orange visible on the outside of the blind from all   directions. Hunters must also wear orange in accordance with the rules for the specific        seasons while in the blind.

(b) Exempt from fluorescent orange requirements are:

Waterfowl hunters hunting from a boat or blind, over water or field, when done in conjunction with decoys.       (2) Archery deer hunters (except during muzzleloader and shotgun deer season).

(3) Hunters crow hunting over decoys.

(4) Spring turkey hunters and

(5) First segment dove hunters.

(6) Not required in areas limited to Archery only by regulation.

(c) All other users of State Management areas and underdeveloped State Parks, including but not limited to hikers, bikers, and horseback riders, are required to wear two hundred (200) square inches of solid daylight fluorescent orange from the second Saturday in September to the last day of February, and the third Saturday in April to the last day in May, annually.

Individuals requesting interpreter services for the hearing impaired must call (401) 466-3200 forty-eight hours in advance of the meeting date.  TTY: 711.

Posted:          February 10, 2014

Hearing:       March 3, 2014

Fiona Fitzpatrick, Town Clerk

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