Steep Slopes Bill Passes the Senate

Last night the bill allowing steeply sloped land to be used in calculating the number of buildable lots passed the Rhode Island Senate. It had already passed the House on May 14. This will allow an increased number of building lots in some subdivisions in Charlestown.

This bill was opposed by the Charlestown Planning Commission, the Charlestown Town Council, American Planning Association – RI Chapter, the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns, the Environmental Council of Rhode Island, other town governments, and nearly every environmental organization in Rhode Island.

Our State Senator Dennis Algiere has communicated that he voted against the bill. We’ll update this post later with the total vote counts and see if there is any hope of a veto by Governor Chafee.

Update on the vote
Here is how the Senate voted. This is a high enough majority to overturn a veto from the Govenor.

Charlestown’s two Senators, Algiere and Cool Rumsey, were among only five senators who voted against the bill. Below is the vote:

YEAS – 31 NAYS – 5 NOT VOTING – 2 RECUSED – 0

N Algiere
Y Archambault
Y Bates
NV Ciccone
Y Conley
N Cool Rumsey
Y Cote
Y Crowley
Y Da Ponte
Y DiPalma
Y Doyle
Y Felag
Y Fogarty
Y Gallo
Y Goldin
Y Goodwin
N Hodgson
Y Jabour
N Kettle
Y Lombardi
Y Lombardo
Y Lynch
Y McCaffrey
Y Metts
Y Miller
Y Nesselbush
Y O’Neill
Y Ottiano
Y Pearson
Y Picard
Y Pichardo
Y Raptakis
Y Ruggerio
NV Satchell
N Sheehan
Y Sosnowski
Y Walaska
Y Paiva Weed

Fact Sheet for Steep Slopes and Wetland Setback Bills
The fact sheet was provided by a member of the Burrillville Land Trust.

‘Dry Lands’ Bill also passes House and Senate This was another of 14 bills introduced by developers this year to ease building regulations and increase development.