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CRMC and South Kingstown reach agreement

July 20, 2013

South Kingstown officials met with the CRMC on Wednesday at the Narragansett Bay Campus. Pictured left to right are South Kingstown Town Council President Ella Whaley, Town Councilor Meg Healy, Town Manager Stephen A. Alfred, and Planning Director Vincent Murray. (Photo by Catherine Hewitt)

NARRAGANSETT — At a public hearing on Wednesday night, the Coastal Resource Management Council (CRMC) announced that it had come to a consensus with the town of South Kingstown on five points of agreement relating to proposed program amendments to add a new Section 980 Experimental Coastal Erosion Control to the Salt Pond Region Special Area Management Plan.

CRMC Chair Anne Maxwell Livingston moved South Kingstown into first position on the agenda since the town had endured a long wait at its last hearing on June 25 only to have its items continued to July 17.
“We had a public hearing on June 25th and we were the last on the agenda. Of the five recommendations, we got through one,” said South Kingstown Town Council President Ella Whaley.
A few weeks later, the wait seemed worth it.
The consensus was the result of a July 9 meeting, during which CRMC Executive Director Grover Fugate and staff member James Boyd met with South Kingstown Town Manager Stephen Alfred, Town Planner Vincent Murray, and Public Works Director Jon Shock at town hall to discuss the town’s requests for modification of five elements of the proposed amendments, according to a memo from Fugate.
According to Fugate’s memo, the five points of agreement between the CRMC and town staff are:
• For the use of experimental erosion control measures under the proposed rules, CRMC has agreed to include South Kingstown Town Beach parcel (92-2:43) that abuts the existing revetment on the Matunuck Beach Trailer Association parcel (92-2:46).

• In order to inform property owners of experimental methods of systems that may be used, the town requested that a technical appendix be included. CRMC staff have drafted a “companion guidance document” that will be available before it is finalized for public use. As a guidance document, it will not adopted as part of the proposed rules.

• The proposed rules do allow for hybrid measures, such as hard measures with soft ones. CRMC staff recommended adding additional clarifying language in the proposed guidance document regarding hybrid measures.

• A town resident will be included on the Technical Review Panel (TRP). This resident will be an ex-officio, non-voting member and will be selected by the town council.

• Concurrent removal of existing illegal structures during the installation of CRMC-approved experimental measures is required by the proposed rules. Additional clarifying language will be added to the proposed rules regarding the enforcement issue, notification, and process for order of removal.

For the rest of this story and more local news, pick up the Friday, July 19 issue of the Narragansett Times.

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