Important Meeting Dates concerning Rt 2/102 Development

The following is a list of upcoming meetings concerning the Route 2/102 Development.  The underlined meetings are the most important to attend.  The board would appreciate it if homeowners would attend these meetings.  It has been well proven, in the past few years, that the Town Council and Planning Commission pays attention to items that draw large numbers of the public.  Without apparent public support strange things tend to happen.

  • Monday October 1: Town Council Meeting focusing on traffic and the rotary/roundabout idea
  • Thursday October 4, 7-10pm: Public Workshop 1 at Wickford Middle School (Stakeholder Group members should attend if they are able in listening mode.)
  • Wednesday October 10, 7-9pm: Residents Focus Group at Masonic Lodge (This is specifically for abutters and those in the local area)
  • Monday October 15, 7-10pm: Public Workshop 2 at Wickford Middle School (Stakeholder Group members should attend if they are able in listening mode.)
  • Tuesday October 16: Planning Commission Meeting on Rolling Greens Application
  • Thursday October 25, 6-9pm: SHG Meeting 4 (Stakeholder Group members & alternates expected to attend.)
  • Tuesday October 30: Planning Commission Meeting on Rolling Greens Application

 

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Upcoming Changes to Autumn Drive & 102/2 Rotary

For those of you curious about the work being done just outside the Autumn Drive entrance to MLEHA, Board member Peter Trask received details from RIDOT engineers and some site plans:

Concerning Autumn Drive Turn Lanes:

This project has been awarded to a Contractor who has begun preliminary work and expects to complete construction this fall. The work involves widening of Ten Rod Road to provide addition of left turn lanes to Ten Rod Road and upgrading of traffic signals to provide protected left turn phasing.

The left turn phasing was installed as a temporary measure until this widening project was ready.  As you know, it is only in 1 direction.  The new project will allow left turns to do so in the safety of a left turn lane (in both directions) which will not cause through traffic to negotiate a lane change to get around a left turning vehicle.  Also, the left turns will now be allowed only during a left turn phase.  In other words, the opposing traffic will stop for the left turns, and the left turns will not be allowed when the opposing traffic is moving.  This will eliminate the “double threat”, which is when a left turning vehicle thinks there is a safe gap in traffic only to find that another vehicle is in the outermost lane and hidden by a vehicle turning left in the opposite direction.

These improvements were intended to be included in the traffic signal installation, but the widening was delayed due to permitting.  As part of that permitting, the historical cemetery was considered.  The plans were sent to the Town for review, but a public hearing was not held.   All work is in the State’s Right-of-Way.

I understand your concern for speeding along this stretch of road.  I don’t think these improvements will increase speeding on the road, but rather will greatly increase the safety of those turning left at the intersection.

Lindsey M. Sasso
Customer Service
RI Department of Transportation

Concerning the planned rotary (roundabout) for Rt. 102 & 2 (by Oatley’s):

There is currently a roundabout proposed for the intersection of Ten Rod Road (Rt 102) at South County Trail (Rt 2) under question, however it is in the preliminary design stage. The roundabout is to be constructed under our Highway Safety Improvement Program. Intersections throughout the State are chosen for the program based on the number of accidents and the severity of the crashes. These intersections are studied to determine potential improvements that would reduce the accident rate.

The majority of crashes at this intersection are angle crashes with left turning vehicles being struck by opposing through vehicles. These types of accidents tend to be more severe. Roundabouts have been proven to improve safety by reducing the number and severity of crashes. Angle crashes, such as the ones happening at this location, are virtually eliminated. Vehicle speeds through the intersection are also reduced since roundabouts are designed to be traveled at around 20 to 25 mph, also helping to increase safety.

In addition, roundabouts have been proven to have other benefits such as reducing congestion by causing less delay, reducing pollution by having fewer stops and idling vehicles, as well as reducing maintenance costs throughout the life of the intersection.

Please note that roundabouts are nothing like the old rotaries such as the one that used to be at this location. They are much smaller in diameter and designed to be traveled at much lower speeds. A public meeting is planned for October 1 before the North Kingstown Town Council where we will present our plans, and also help residents better understand how roundabouts work, and the safety benefits that they produce. Residents will also be able to share their concerns with us at that time. The project design is at 30% which is the preliminary design stage so is not a “Done Deal” at this point and input is welcomed. The project is being presented at 30% design so that a certain level of detail has been achieved before presenting to the public.

Also, this roundabout is not estimated at $5.5 million to build as stated by the resident. The estimated cost at this time is approximately $1.3 million.

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Stakeholder Meeting Update

Fellow Home Owners,

The route 2/102 meeting schedule is listed below.  I want to direct your attention to the two public workshops – Thursday October 4 and Monday October 15-  and ask that you please consider attending one of them.  This will be your opportunity to weigh in on this process directly.  As I have said in the past, if you want someone from across town or the developers to have the final say in what this area will look like stay home and accept whatever happens.  If on the other hand you want to influence the outcome here is your chance.  Mark your calendars, plan on attending and let your voice be heard.

The developer has finally submitted a master plan for Rolling Greens and it can be found at this link: http://www.northkingstown.org/upcoming-projects  There will be an upcoming opportunity for the public to comment on this as well so stay tuned to the town website and these e-mails for updates as to where and when.  Finally, spread the word to your friends and neighbors not on this e-mail list and encourage them to send me an e-mail so I can add them to our list.  I would like to have all 84 households represented on this list.  If you have questions don’t hesitate to contact me.  Regards.

Jerry Duffy, VP, MLEHOA

  • Stakeholder Group (SHG) Meeting Schedule, with a few other meetings of interest (Locations to be determined.  Timing may be adjusted if needed.)
  • Wednesday September 26, 6pm-9pm: SHG Meeting 3 (Stakeholder Group members & alternates expected to attend.)
  • Monday October 1: Town Council Meeting focusing on traffic and the rotary/roundabout idea
  • **Thursday October 4, 7-10pm: Public Workshop 1 (Stakeholder Group members should attend if they are able in listening mode.)
  • **Monday October 15, 7-10pm: Public Workshop 2 (Stakeholder Group members should attend if they are able in listening mode.)
  • Tuesday October 16: Planning Commission Meeting on Rolling Greens Application
  • Thursday October 25, 6-9pm: SHG Meeting 4 (Stakeholder Group members & alternates expected to attend.)
  • Tuesday October 30: Planning Commission Meeting on Rolling Greens Application
  • Wednesday November 7, 6-9pm: SHG Meeting 5 (Stakeholder Group members & alternates expected to attend.)
  • Thursday November 15, 6-9pm: SHG Meeting 6 Placeholder (Stakeholder Group members & alternates expected to attend. This meeting may not be necessary, or it may be a joint meeting with the Town Council.  More on this later, but for now please save the date.)
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Stakeholder meeting for route 2 and 102 intersection development plan

The first meeting of the stakeholder group will be held on Thursday, August 23, at 5:30 pm at the North Kingstown Senior Center.

An agenda and any informational materials will be posted in the next few days on the town’s calendar as well as on the following website:

http://www.northkingstown.org/visioning-process-routes-2-and-102

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Jon

Jonathan J. Reiner, AICP
Director of Planning and Community Development
Town of North Kingstown
55 Brown Street
North Kingstown, Rhode Island 02852
401-294-3331, Ext. 310
Fax 401-294-4052
jreiner@northkingstown.org
http://www.northkingstown.org

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Reminder – Lawn Watering Allowable Tuesday and Friday ONLY

Residents of Mountain Laurel Estates are reminded that during the months of July and August, watering of lawns using manual or automatic sprinklers is restricted to Tuesday and Friday ONLY. No watering of any type may take place during the hours of 10 AM to 2 PM. Flower and vegetable gardens may be watered by hand (hose or can) any day.

For more information, please see this link: Watering Information

A new tab has been added that will contain rainfall information in the future. Homeowners interested in water conservation may check this page for current rainfall information.

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Proposed Budget for 2012-2013

The proposed Budget for the Homeowner’s Association can be found HERE

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2012 Annual Meeting Notice

Just a reminder the meeting will be at the Masonic Lodge at 7pm on Thursday June 14. Hope to see you all there.

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Please clean up after your pets in common areas!

Reminder to all dog owners living within Mountain Laurel Estates: It is the responsibility of the individual dog owner to clean up after his/her dog. The Town will not do it and it is not the responsibility of the Home Owner’s Association. Don’t leave the dog’s mess behind as it is an eyesore as well as a health hazard. Show some consideration for yourselves, your neighborhood and your neighbors. Thank You.

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It’s official; Industrial-sized wind turbine to be built at NK Green later this year.

The board has received notice from the town that the turbine blades have been delivered to the NK Green and that they expect the remaining material to be delivered by September.

At this point it certainly appears that a Goldwind GW82, a 389 foot tall industrial unit (similar to the ones installed in the industrial area containing the docks, Oil Tanks, and sewer treatment plant in Providence’s “Fields Point”) will be installed in the RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD of NK Green, less than 500 feet from occupied homes — despite the problems that have been reported in Portsmouth, Fairhaven, and Falmouth with similar sized turbines located much future away from occupied homes.

Three remaining concerns, are: 1) Noise levels, 2) Shadow Flicker, and 3) Final TUV Certification. It remains unclear how the developer will keep the noise level below the town 50 dBA limit beyond the property line containing the turbine, what amount of Shadow Flicker will be experienced by homeowners in that neighborhood and the surrounding area, and if official certification of the Goldwind GW82 has ever been received (certification was “In Process”).

The closest homes in Mountain Laurel Estates to the NK Green Turbine are those closest to Route 4 and are approximately 4600 feet away. Those homeowners closer to Plain Rd are approximately 7300 feet away.

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Want to be part of RI’s Renewable Energy Siting Process?

RI is trying to figure out how to properly site all renewable generation projects. Part of that process includes getting input from the public. There is a meeting, detailed below, that is being held Thursday September 15th from 6 to 9 PM at the URI Costal Institute. The meeting is open to the public and comments will be invited. In fact correspondence inside the RESP says they aren’t hearing much feedback from the public at all.

If you are concerned about where someone can or can not put up a wind turbine, attending this meeting will provide a rare opportunity to share your opinions with the folks that are writing the new regulations for the state.

Rhode Islands new Renewable Energy Siting Partnership (RESP) project is
convening a stakeholder group under the auspices of the University of Rhode
Island (URI) on Thursday, September 15, 2011 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the
Hazard rooms at the URI Coastal Institute building on the Narragansett Bay
Campus. The meeting is open to the public, and all are welcome, as the goal
is to have a diverse and well-rounded stakeholder process. A light dinner
will be provided from 5:30-6:00 p.m. Please contact Amber Neville at
401.874.6106 or amber@crc.uri.edu if you plan to attend. Directions are
available at http://www.gso.uri.edu/about-gso/directions .

The State of Rhode Island and many of its communities are consider in
investing in renewable energy infrastructure. URI has been invited by the
state to provide technical expertise about the effects renewable energy
may have on the people, wildlife and natural resources of Rhode Island.
Based on this information, and through extensive public involvement, a URI
team of skilled professionals in the fields of energy, research and
planning will then develop guidelines that can be used by Rhode Islands
cities and towns to site and manage this new activity. Additionally, the
RESP project will make state and municipal energy information accessible
to the public through the creation of a comprehensive online energy database.

The RESP stakeholder process will provide a forum to engage key
constituencies and interested citizens. The stakeholder group members will
be able to voice their concerns and issues, provide thoughtful input, and
learn about renewable energy research in Rhode Island. They will also have
opportunities to preview tools the RESP project is developing to assist in
the analysis of land-based wind, water and solar energy issues.

The RESP is not an advocacy effort. It brings science and lessons learned
from other places to the table and builds on the multiple renewable energy
efforts underway in Rhode Island so municipalities and the state can make
informed, fact-based decisions.

For more information about the RESP project, contact Teresa Crean at
tcrean@crc.uri.edu or 401.874.6626, Danny Musher at dannymusher@uri.edu or
401.874.5705, or visit the web site at http://seagrant.gso.uri.edu/resp/

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