Tuesday, October 26, 2010
The council voted 4-1 to add words "or an adjacent parcel" to zoning ordinance at Monday's meeting.
The Town Council voted 4-1 Monday night to add the words "or an adjacent parcel" to the preexisting amendment, Article V. C. Agriculture. Councilor Karen Gleason was the sole opposed, stating more time was necessary to thoroughly make a decision. The council revisited the issue of what sanctifies a farm stand and the meaning of the word "adjacent." The Planning Board voted 4-1 to change the zoning ordinance one month ago to read: 3. One roadside stand per farm for the sale of agricultural or horticultural products the major portion of which are grown or produced on the premises or an adjacent parcel; must provide off-street parking. Councilor James Seveney asked, "If we change the language, are we allowing a farmer to operate more than …
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Four little words leads to a debate about the definition of a farm stand at Wednesday's Planning Board meeting.
Imagine you're a farmer and you need a business loan for your farm stand. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approves funds for farm stands. However, there's a catch. The USDA will approve a loan for farm stands that sell products grown on an adjacent parcel, not the premises as stated in the town's current zoning article for agriculture, according to Town Planner Robert Gilstein at Wednesday's Planning Board meeting. "Over the past few weeks, I have been working with the USDA to help gain approval of a loan to a local farmer to improve his farm operation," Gilstein told the five-member board Wednesday. "USDA will approve the loan if the town adopts the following language." Gilstein asked the Planning Board to add four words—or an …
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service awards $1 million to the Aquidneck Land Trust (ALT) for conservation.
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Tuesday, August 17, 2010
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has awarded $1 million to the Aquidneck Land Trust (ALT) for the Wicks Nursery conservation project, announced the ALT Tuesday. On July 2, the ALT and the Wicks family signed an option agreement that will give ALT nine months to raise enough money to purchase a $2 million perpetual conservation easement on almost 40-acres of the farm located off East Main Road on Moitoza Lane. Wicks Nursery has been under constant development threats the last few years, according to the ALT, including a proposal in 2008 to convert the farm into an 108-lot subdivision. The option agreement was reached despite new development offers this year. The Wicks Nursery is the last …