A proposal for a development at Rolling Greens Golf Course on Ten Rod Road, which has been in the developing process for several years, is once again seeing delays. This time, however, they are weather related.
Hurricane Sandy's extreme weather has caused the North Kingstown Planning Commission to reschedule its Tuesday, Oct. 30 meeting to discuss the proposal. The new meeting is now pushed to Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Wickford Middle School.
The mixed-use housing and commercial project, called The Preserve at Rolling Greens and located at the intersection of Route 2 and 102, shows 50,000 sq. ft. of commercial development and 106 housing units - of the project’s master plan. (View the full master plan here.)
The project has run into much opposition from neighbors in the area who have sent letters to the media and attended several public meetings to voice their concerns. The project has also helped trigger a debate on the future of the Route 2/102 intersection. Using leftover grant money, the Town of North Kingstown has formed a stakeholder group to create a vision for the area. The developer of Rolling Greens (Mark Hawkins) along with Vaughn Oatley of Oatley’s Restaurant and several local residents who have spoken out against the project are part of the stakeholder group.
This new master plan comes after the passage of a new zoning district in town – the compact village development (CVD) – which allows developers to mix commercial and residential buildings and enhance existing village centers. The new district came about during last year’s discussion in the planning commission regarding The Preserve at Rolling Greens.