Tiverton ordinance change proposed to aid massive project

Carpionato is proposing an ordinance that would call its Tiverton Crossings project a Gateway mixed use development. Carpionato is proposing an ordinance that would call its Tiverton Crossings project a Gateway mixed use development.

Carpionato is proposing an ordinance that would call its Tiverton Crossings project a Gateway mixed use development.

Carpionato is proposing an ordinance that would call its Tiverton Crossings project a Gateway mixed use development.

TIVERTON — A proposal to amend Tiverton’s Comprehensive Plan ordinance, to allow for the development of Carpionato Group’s mammoth Tiverton Crossings project, will be aired at a special meeting in Town Hall of the town planning board on Tuesday, Sept. 17.

The amendment — proposed by the Carpionato Group — to what is commonly referred to as the Comp Plan, would eliminate the idea of a “Town Center” on the land proposed for the development, and substitute for it something Carpionato is calling a “Gateway Mixed Use Development.”

If the ordinance change were to be recommended by the planning board, it would go next to the Town Council for appropriate action in response to the board’s recommendation.

The ordinance language proposed by Carpionato says, “The town should allow for a substantial mixed-use development at the entrances to the town, near the Fish Road and Main Road exits and, further bounded by Souza Road to the north.”

The amendment further states “Such development should include a mix of uses including residential, retail, restaurant, hotel, commercial office with ancillary light manufacturing, and professional office.”

The last sentence of the proposed amendment says, “The development should be designed to welcome visitors and be in keeping with the traditional architecture and village character of the town.”

In documents provided to the town council and planning board in the past few months, Carpionato has described its Tiverton Crossings project as a mixed use development of 18 buildings on a 62-acre site (currently zoned zoned R-40) that lies between Main and Fish Roads along Souza Road and Route 24.

It says the project would include offices and retail space. Among the buildings it plans for the site are several that would provide residential space totaling 95,260 square feet (70 living units).

Also included would be a 100 room hotel (62,000 square feet) fronting on Main Road, and next to it  a 10,000 square foot restaurant and conference facility with 475 seats. Two other restaurants are proposed for the development.

The ordinance change would delete language about a “Vision for Tiverton” in the current Comp Plan relating to “underdeveloped land in the center of town.”

That vision (stated in Section 3.3 of the Comp Plan) referred to the development of a “Town Center,”  which would have called for

the consolidation of “many of the municipal functions inadequately housed in the existing town hall and other buildings.”

The Town Center idea, which appears to date from 2004, called for putting a new town hall, a new library, public meeting space, and a public safety complex, all in the center of town.

The Carpionato Group’s Senior Vice President Kelly Coates has been describing the project as cost ring in the range of $80-$100 million.

No application from Carpionato to develop the project has yet been submitted to the planning board. A Comp Plan ordinance change is seen as a necessary prior step in the review and approval process that lies ahead if Carpionato decides to submit a proposal.

The planning board meeting on Sept. 17 starts at 7 p.m

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