zoning board http://ripr.org en Breakers Mansion At The Center Of Heated Debate http://ripr.org/post/breakers-mansion-center-heated-debate <p>On Monday, Newport’s Zoning Board of Review will hear an appeal of a ruling by the city’s Historic District Commission that rejected plans for a welcome center at the Breakers Mansion.</p><p></p><p>The Commission decided against the idea in a 4:3 vote during a hearing last August. The Preservation Society of Newport County wants to put the welcome center outside the historic mansion once owned by the Vanderbilt family.</p><p>Newport City Zoning Officer Guy Weston said lawyers for the Preservation Society claim the hearing was flawed by a faulty staff report.</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 14:17:10 +0000 Ben Bryant 28217 at http://ripr.org Breakers Mansion At The Center Of Heated Debate Westerly Zoning Board Takes Up Copar Quarry Expansion http://ripr.org/post/westerly-zoning-board-takes-copar-quarry-expansion <p>Westerly’s Zoning Board is circling back to a cease and desist order against Copar and Westerly Granite. Tuesday's hearing picks up where the zoning board left off earlier this year.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Residents near Copar’s quary say it’s noisy and spews rock and dust into the air, causing health risks. Copar says the noise is no louder than a busy road.</p><p>Meanwhile, Copar and the Town of Westerly are locked in a lawsuit that the former town manager was hoping would be resolved in mediation.</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 14:20:15 +0000 Catherine Welch 24320 at http://ripr.org