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NORTH KINGSTOWNâThe Beechwood Senior Center was filled to capacity for Monday eveningâs 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 townâs Comprehensive Plan, which currently designates this area as âa scenic resource on the Historic and Scenic Resources Map.â
In all, 15 residents spoke in opposition to the plan, while Attorney William Harsch spoke on behalf of âtwo dozenâ 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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