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NORTH KINGSTOWNâ€”A group of residents, led by Colin Oâ€™Sullivan and Rick L. Thompson, are continuing their Superior Court complaint with the town regarding the proposed mixed-use Rolling Greens development. The plans, amendments in the townâ€™s Comprehensive Plan for which were approved in December 2012, have come under considerable opposition by residents who want to see the area preserved.
Last month, the town filed a motion to dismiss the complaint, which was turned down by the Superior Court judge, according to Thompson.
â€śWe were supposed to have another hearing approximately three weeks ago, and what happened was the town had asked for a delay,â€ť said Thompson. â€śThey were going to seek another dismissal, so we applied for a motion of stay to prevent the developer from moving forward on any of the plans from the town.â€ť
Judge Melanie Wilk Thunberg denied the motion for a stay this past Monday, but did state that any work done by developer Mark Hawkins would be subject to reversal if court proceedings in the future ruled against development.
â€śThe judge denied our motion for stay, but made it perfectly clear to the developer and town that any proceedings would be done at the developerâ€™s own risk,â€ť said Thompson. â€śWhat the town did not do is re-file for dismissal, so that opportunity is gone for them now. At this point, what our attorneys are doing is filing motions for discovery.â€ť
In a letter sent this week to the stateâ€™s Division of Statewide Planning, Oâ€™Sullivan and Thompson claim that the process for approving the Comprehensive Plan, Land-Use and Water Service Area Maps to accommodate a new development at the Rolling Greens site on Route 102 was confusing to residents in the fall, among other complaints.
â€śThe North Kingstown Town Council is obligated by statute to protect the interests and well-being of town residents,â€ť read the letter. â€śHowever, there have been multiple examples of this duty being neglected.â€ť
For the rest of this story and more local news, pick up the July 4 issue of the Standard Times.