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NORTH KINGSTOWNâ€”The Beechwood Senior Center was filled to capacity for Monday eveningâ€™s public hearing, where the council approved amendments to its Rural Gateway proposal with a vote of 3-2. The Rolling Greens project, which will allow residential acreage at the Route 2 and 102 intersection to be re-zoned for commercial development, has met with much opposition in the North Kingstown and Exeter communities.
The 3-2 vote in favor of the amendments came despite an overwhelming majority of public sentiment against changes to the townâ€™s Comprehensive Plan, which currently designates this area as â€śa scenic resource on the Historic and Scenic Resources Map.â€ť
In all, 15 residents spoke in opposition to the plan, while Attorney William Harsch spoke on behalf of â€śtwo dozenâ€ť additional residents he is representing in a suit against the plan. Only two residents spoke in favor, in addition to Attorney William Landry, who attended as a representative of Rolling Greens.
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