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LEGAL NOTICE

CITY OF WARWICK

ORDINANCE NO. 0-12-6

APPROVED SCOTT AVEDISIAN

January 19, 2012 MAYOR

THE CITY OF WARWICK

STATE OF RHODE ISLAND AND PROVIDENCE PLANTATIONS

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

AN ORDINANCE RELATIVE TO AMENDING THE ZONING ORDINANCE

TO IMPLEMENT

THE WARWICK STATION DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT:

A Transit Oriented Development

Be it ordained by the City of Warwick:

SECTION I. Appendix A of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Warwick is hereby amended by amending the following sections:

§§ 300 and 500

See Exhibit A attached hereto and incorporated herein by reference as if set forth fully herein.

SECTION II. This Ordinance shall take effect upon passage and publication as prescribed by law.

SPONSORED BY: COUNCILMAN COLANTUONO AND

COUNCILWOMAN VELLA-WILKINSON

ON BEHALF OF MAYOR AVEDISIAN

COMMITTEE: ORDINANCE

EXHIBIT A

An Amendment to the

City of Warwick Zoning Ordinance

Creating

The Warwick Station Development District:

A Transit Oriented Development

SECTION 300 ESTABLISHMENT AND CLASSIFICATION OF DISTRICTS

301.11. Warwick Station Intermodal District (Intermodal). Properties mapped in accordance with subsection 303 of this ordinance and are intended to comply with the special zoning needs resulting from their location near the railroad terminal and the airport terminal site, including appropriate complementary uses, pedestrian and vehicular circulation and parking needs, access issues, traffic flow and congestion, lot coverage and height restrictions. The intent of the intermodal zone is to create and sustain an area of regional economic activity within a retail commercial and office core located on a circulation access spine linking the two transportation nodes described above. This area is the core commercial activity area of the Warwick Station Redevelopment District. It is intended that this zone have a high quality of design for pedestrian use, infrastructure improvements that will enable a flow of users between the two transportation nodes and an appropriate intensity of associated retail, office and hotel uses.

Warwick Station Development District (WSDD). The Warwick Station Development District shall consist of that area presented in the Warwick Station Development District Master Plan and Warwick Comprehensive Community Plan. The Development District shall consist of two distinct zoning districts; the Intermodal District as defined in Section 301.11A of this ordinance and the Gateway District as defined in subsection 301.11B of this ordinance, and as illustrated on the Warwick Zoning Ordinance Map. Warwick Planning Department and Planning Board are hereby authorized to carry out the purposes of the Warwick Station Development District.

All development within the Development District shall be reviewed and approved by the Warwick Planning Department and/or Warwick Planning Board as a Land Development Project as defined in subsection 200.87 entitled Land Development Project and in accordance with the City of Warwick Land Development and Subdivision Review Regulations. The Planning Department and Planning Board shall also provide assistance to property owners and the City including the City Council, Zoning Board of Review and other agencies on planning issues within the WSDD related to design and site planning and on related issues as it deems appropriate, including the design of public improvements such as street rehabilitation, paving, lighting, sidewalks, curbing and drainage.

301.11A Warwick Station Intermodal District (Intermodal). Properties mapped in accordance with subsection 303 of this ordinance and which are intended to capitalize on the opportunities resulting from their location in proximity to the Intermodal facility and the Airport terminal, including appropriate complementary uses, pedestrian and vehicular circulation and parking needs, access issues, traffic flow and congestion, lot coverage and height restrictions. The intent of the Intermodal District is to create and sustain an area of regional economic activity consisting of retail, commercial, office and residential uses located on a circulation access spine linking transportation nodes. This area is the core commercial activity area within Warwick Station Development District. It is intended that this zone have a high quality of design for pedestrian use, infrastructure improvements that will enable a flow of users between different transportation nodes and an appropriate density of associated retail, office, residential and hotel uses.

301.11B. Warwick Station Gateway District (Gateway). Properties mapped in accordance with subsection 303 of this ordinance and which are intended to serve as transitional areas leading to the Intermodal District of the Warwick Station Development District from outlying areas, including the Post Road and Airport Road general business districts. The Gateway District is intended to allow limited commercial uses customarily associated with transportation facilities as well as general commercial uses commonly allowed within general business districts. It is intended that this zone have a high quality of design associated with vehicular circulation and appropriate landscaping and architectural design intended to create a separate identity and a cohesive appearance distinguishable from the outlying areas.

301.12. Warwick Station Gateway District (Gateway). Properties mapped in accordance with subsection 303 of this ordinance and are intended to serve as transitional areas leading to the Intermodal District of the Warwick Station Redevelopment District from outlying areas, including the Post Road and Airport Road general business districts. The Gateway District is intended to allow limited commercial uses customarily associated with transportation facilities such as airport and railroad terminals as well as general commercial uses commonly allowed within general business districts. It is intended that this district have a high quality of design associated with vehicular circulation and appropriate landscaping and architectural design intended to create a separate identity and a cohesive appearance distinguishable from the outlying areas.

Table 1. Use Regulations

Zoning Districts Intermodal Gateway

100. Residential uses:

101. Detached single-family dwelling unit no no

102. A two-family, three-family or four-family no no

dwelling in a development containing four or

less dwelling units

102.1 A multifamily dwelling in a development yes(23) yes

containing between five and ten dwelling units

103. Two-family and multiple-family dwelling in yes yes

a development containing ten or more dwelling

units

104. Congregate elderly housing containing no no

between two and ten units

105. Congregate elderly housing containing more no no

than ten units

106. Rooming house no no

107. Room for less than three boarders no no

107.1 Bed and breakfast for up to four guests no no

108. Mobile home, mobile home park, or trailer park no no

109. Community residence no no

200. Agricultural uses:

201. Raising of crops (commercial and non- no no

commercial)

202. Commercial greenhouse no no

203. Sales place for flowers, garden supplies, no no

agricultural produce conducted partly or wholly

outdoors

204. Raising and keeping of animals and livestock no no

300. Office uses:

301. Medical offices, excluding clinic no yes no

302. Clinic no yes no

303. Law office, accountant, architect or other yes (25) yes

non-medical professional person

304. Real estate, insurance, travel agency, yes (25) yes

advertising or similar agency office

305. General office use yes (25) yes

306. Bank, trust company or similar financial no yes

institution with drive-in window

307. Bank or other financial institution without yes (25) yes

drive-in window

308. Research and development laboratory, S(25) no S no

testing facility for environmental or medical

purposes, or facility excluding radioactive and

chemical or biological processes

309. Biological technologies, including rDNA S(25) no S no

(recombinant deoxyribonucleic acid), cell fusion,

and novel bioprocessing techniques, including

related research into processes that promote health

diagnostics and therapeutics, agricultural biology

including plant genetics for food purposes,

environmental remediation techniques, and

manufacture of instruments that assist in biological

research

400. Service uses:

401. Barbershop, beauty salon yes (24) yes

402. Laundry and dry cleaning, pickup, yes (24) yes

self-service cleaners, and laundromat

403. Shoe repair, tailoring shop, or other yes (24) yes

similar establishment

404. Television, radio, or other household no no

appliance repair

405. Instant copy and printing shops, photographer’s yes (24) yes

studio, and photo processor shops

406. Arts or crafts studio (no sales) no no

407. Veterinary establishment and kennel no yes

408. Mortuary, undertaking or funeral home no no

establishment

409. Locksmith no yes

410. Caterer no yes

411. Hotel or motel yes (25) yes

412. Public gathering hall, theater and auditorium yes yes

413. Indoor commercial recreation facility including, yes (25) yes

health club and private club

414. Outdoor commercial recreation facility, including no S no

amusement park, and sports center not elsewhere

classified, driving range, pitch & putt, miniature golf,

or similar activity

414.1 Outdoor recreation limited to driving range, no S

miniature golf, pitch & putt, batting cages and/or little

league baseball facilities

415. Golf course (excluding driving range, pitch & no no

putt, miniature golf, or similar establishment)

416. Coin-operated amusement establishment yes(24) no S no

417. Massage establishment no no

418. Marina, yacht club no no

419. Vehicle rental agency yes(14b) yes

(16a)

420. Carwash no no

421. Gasoline station (no repairs), may include yes

convenience and/or grocery retail

422. Service station (with repairs) no no

422.1. Auto body repair shop no no

423. Boat repairs, painting or storage. no no

424. Building trades contractor, oil and fuel service, no no

or similar establishment

424.1 Landscape and tree service no no

425. Cesspool company no no

425.1 Other service establishment S (24) no S no

500. Retail uses:

501. Restaurant (with liquor license) yes(24) yes

501.1. Nightclub S(24) S

502. Restaurant (without liquor license) yes(24) yes

503. Fast food restaurant yes(15b)(24) yes

503.1. Retail trade-neighborhood establishment yes (23) yes

2,000 square feet GFA or less

503.2. Retail trade-community wide establishment yes (24) yes

of more than 2,000 square feet GFA

505. New or used vehicle sales, with service or no no

outdoor display (excluding boats)

507. New or used boat sales, with service or no no

outdoor display

508. Marine equipment, fishing and tackle store, no no

bait shop

509. Open air market or outdoor sales and display, no no

mobile or otherwise

50X Adult entertainment no no

510. Other retail establishment yes(24) yes

600. Transportation, communication and utility uses:

601. Airport or heliport S no

602. Bus or railroad passenger station yes no

603. Automobile parking lot or parking garage for S (25) S

private passenger cars (as a principal use)

604. Truck, bus, taxi, or other commercial vehicle no no

terminal yard or building for storage and servicing

of such

605. Radio and television transmission station no no

including towers

606. Radio or television studio no no

607. Electrical transformer station and substation, no S

gas regulator station, water and sewer pumping

station, and telephone exchange station as a

principal use and not elsewhere classified in this table

608. Electric power plant no no

609. Nuclear power plant no no

610. Other utility, utility station, receiving or transmitting no no

device or tower, or satellite dish antenna as a

principal use and not elsewhere classified in this table

611. Telecommunications facility, including towers (15) no no

700. Institutional uses:

701. Religious place of worship, including rectory, yes(24) no yes no

parsonage, convent and monastery

702. Social community or recreation center no yes yes

703. Other use with religious purposes no no

704. Hospital, including hospital for mental, drug, no no

or alcohol treatment but excluding animal hospital

704.1. Family day care home, as defined no no

704.2. Day care facility, as defined yes (24) no yes no

705. Extended care, convalescent, rest, or nursing no no

home

706. Preschool and kindergarten yes(24) no yes no

707. Primary or grammar and junior high school or no no

middle school, public, parochial or private school

providing compulsory education, including uses

listed in 706 when located in the same facility

708. High school, including preparatory school or no no

academy, public, parochial or private school

providing compulsory education

709. Junior college, college or university, including no yes

public or private institutions of higher learning

710. Vocational, business or other schools no yes

711. Resident dormitory fraternity, or sorority no yes

712. Government administrative offices yes yes

713. Police, fire, other public safety facility or other yes yes

government facility not elsewhere classified in this

table

714. Library or museum yes (25) no yes no

715. Public park, playground or public recreation yes yes

building

716. Community water supply, wells or conservation no yes no yes

area

717. Cemetery no no

718. Crematory no no

719. Prison no no

800. Light industry:

801. Assembling and packaging of articles no no

802. Manufacturing, welding, fabricating, processing,

assembling or packaging of:

1. Food and beverage products no no

2. Clothing but not textile manufacture no no

3. Paper and paper board products no no

4. Drugs no no

5. Leather goods excluding footwear no no

6. Electric and electronic equipment including audio, no no

video, computer, and office machines

7. Engineering and scientific instruments and supplies no no

8. Medical and dental instruments and supplies, no no

including optical instruments and lenses but excluding

laboratory testing

9. Photographic equipment and supplies no no

10. Watches, clocks, and clockwork mechanisms no no

11. Jewelry, insignia emblems, badges, notions, and no no

costume jewelry, but excluding electroplating

12. Musical instruments no no

13. Sporting goods and toys no no

14. Art supplies, including pens, pencils, and similar no no

products

15. Signs and advertising devices no no

16. Miscellaneous products including umbrellas, no no

parasols, canes, brooms, and brushes

803. Bottling beverages no no

804. Distribution center, parcel delivery center, no no

delivery warehouse

805. Laundry, dry cleaning plant no no

806. Printing, binding publishing and related arts no no

and trades

807. Mini-storage and mini-warehouse facility no no

808. Processing and packaging of fish or fish products no no

809. Wholesale business and storage in roofed no no

structure or outdoors, but not including wholesale

storage of flammable liquids, gas or explosives

810. Storage warehouse, cold storage plant, storage no no

building but not including storage of junk scrap metal,

rags, waste paper and similar materials

811. Open-lot storage of new building materials, no no

machinery, and metals, but not junk, scrap and wastes

812. Open-lot storage of coal, sand, or other similar no no

material

900. General industry:

901. Dismantling or wrecking of used motor vehicles no no

and storage or sale of dismantled inoperative or

wrecked vehicles or their parts

902. Stone cutting, shaping, and finishing, in no no

completely enclosed buildings

903. Textile mill no no

904. Plaster of Paris or ceramic products manufacture no no

905. Asphalt or concrete plant no no

906. Sand and gravel operation no no

907. Manufacturing, welding, fabricating, processing, no no

assembling or packaging or other industrial operation,

but the following are expressly prohibited:

1. Acid manufacture

2. Cement, concrete, lime or gypsum manufacture

3. Explosives or fireworks manufacture

4. Glue manufacture

5. Incineration of solid waste or dead animals

6. Petroleum refining

7. Stockyard

8. Landfill or underground injection well for hazardous

materials

908. Open-lot storage of second-hand lumber or other no no

used building material

909. Open-lot storage of junk, scrap, paper, rags or no no

other salvage articles

910. Hazardous waste management facility(14) no no

Footnotes:

(14b) Vehicle rental agency with on site storage is prohibited.

(15b) Fast food restaurant with drive-through window shall be prohibited

(16a) Airport related service uses located within the Intermodal zone and directly abutting Post Road at the time of the effective date of this ordinance [Ordinance No. O-98-44] shall be allowed to expand within the limits of their property and abutting properties held in the same ownership at the time of the effective date of this ordinance [Ordinance No. O-98-44]. For the purposes of this ordinance airport related uses shall be defined in Table 1. Use regulations as #421 gasoline station and #419 vehicle rental agency, which may consist of such accessory uses as vehicle storage, fuel pumps, motor vehicle maintenance, vehicle washing, and sales of rental vehicles.

(23) Subject to Planning Board approval as a component of a larger mixed-use development within a multistory building. This use is prohibited as a principal use.

(24) Allowed as a component of mixed-use development within a multi-story building with this actual use code composing no more that 25% of the total gross floor area of the entire building. This use is prohibited as a principal use within a new single story structure. This use may be approved as an interim use within a single story building or structure which was lawfully existing or established prior to January 2012 if approved by the Planning Board in conformance with the WSDD design standards and the Zoning Board as a special use permit, if applicable.

(25) Allowed within a building that is at least 2 stories in height. This use may be approved as an interim use within a single story structure which was lawfully existing or established prior to January 2012 subject to approval by the Planning Board in conformance with the WSDD design standards.

Dimensional regulations:

Zoning Districts Intermodal Gateway

Minimum lot area (square feet) 6,000sf 30,000sf

Maximum density, dwelling units per acre 0 0

N/A N/A

Minimum frontage (feet) 60 60

Minimum lot width (feet) 60 60

Minimum front and corner side yard (feet) 0 10

Minimum side yard (feet) 0 15

Minimum rear yard (feet) 20

Maximum structure height (feet) 75 75

Minimum landscaped open space (percent) 10% 10%

SECTION 500 SPECIAL REGULATIONS

507. Warwick Station Development District (WSDD) Landscaping and screening requirements for the Warwick Station Intermodal and Gateway Districts.

It is the intent of this subsection to require that properties within the Warwick Station Intermodal and Gateway Districts be suitably landscaped and screened in order to provide for attractive and well maintained development in accordance with section 103, Purpose of this ordinance. All uses in the Warwick Station Intermodal and Gateway Districts shall comply with the minimum standards contained in section 505 as well as the landscaping and screening requirements specified in section 700, Parking and Loading.

The intent of the Warwick Station Development District (“WSDD”) is to encourage, guide and direct development and to ensure that the character presented in the Warwick Station Development District Master Plan, as amended, is maintained and that mixed uses provide for the health and growth of the Development District. The construction and design of buildings and open spaces shall be regulated and approved in accordance with the provisions of the Warwick Station Development District Master Plan.

Specific components of this purpose include:

A. To comply with all the elements of Section 103 Purpose as contained in this zoning ordinance.

B. To ensure that the District capitalizes on the substantial public investment in T.F. Green Airport, the Intermodal facility and the Interlink.

C. To expand economic development opportunity within the District by encouraging private-sector investment.

D. To provide for an orderly development process that places a premium on quality of design, walkability, function and mitigating traffic impacts and supports multimodal travel options.

507.1. Procedures for approval.

(a) Application. Before a property owner applies for a building permit or commences improvements including the construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair, demolition, removal and/or rehabilitation of new or existing buildings, or appurtenances (paving, curb cuts, parking areas, drainage, etc.) within the WSDD, a written application for such work and appropriate development plans shall be submitted to the Planning Department.

The Administrative Officer to the Planning Board shall have the authority to review an application and approve, approve with conditions or deny any application administratively or, at his/her discretion, may forward the application to the Planning Board for review and action pursuant to the provisions of this section of the Zoning Ordinance and no building permit shall be issued before a project receives design approval from either the Administrative Officer or the Planning Board.

(b) Administrative approval. The following shall not require formal Planning Board approval and may be approved administratively by the Administrative Officer. Any application denied by the Administrative Officer may be appealed by the applicant to the Planning Board for action at the next available meeting of the Planning Board.

(1) Work meant to remedy damage or deterioration of a structure or its appurtenances which involves no change in type of materials, dimensions, design, configuration, texture or visual appearance;

(2) Exterior alterations to existing buildings, parking areas and appurtenances that require a building permit.

(3) Business enhancement plantings.

(4) Signs that conform to all of the requirements contained Section 800 “Signs.”

(c) Planning Board Review. The Planning Board shall review all applications including, but not limited to, new construction, additions, moving of structures and demolition of buildings. Such review shall be held during a regular Planning Board meeting in accordance with the procedures contained in the City of Warwick Land Development Subdivision Review Regulations.

(d) Determination. The Planning Board shall be authorized to approve, approve with conditions or deny an application. Approval shall be based upon conformance with the regulations of this section, the Warwick Station Development District Master Plan, as amended, City of Warwick Development Review Regulations and the WSDD Design Manual.

(e) Advice from other agencies. In order to assist in its review, the Planning Board may request other agencies to review and comment on proposals. Compliance with the Design Guidelines of the WSDD Master Plan and Ordinance shall be determined by the Planning Board or a designated Design Review Subcommittee. This process may be assisted by a third party peer review consultant to provide design review on an on-call basis at the request of the applicant or the Board, provided that the proper findings of fact have been made. This consultant may be selected by the applicant subject to prior approval from the Board. The consultant shall have demonstrated a satisfactory knowledge of the design principles, fundamentals and objectives as contained within the WSDD Master Plan. The total fee for the third party peer review shall be paid by the applicant before the application receives final approval.

507.2. Design regulations for alterations and enlargements of existing buildings, parking areas and/or landscaping. All exterior improvements on existing buildings in the WSDD are subject to approval by the Administrative Officer or Planning Board and shall be regulated by these standards and guidelines except for those activities listed in section 507.1 (b) Administrative approval. The purpose of these regulations and the WSDD Design Manual is to establish design criteria to create and maintain the architectural and landscape features of the District envisioned in the Warwick Station Development District Master Plan.

(a) Minimum standards. The following are minimum standards for the design of alterations or additions to existing buildings:

(1) Design. Alterations and additions to existing buildings shall follow the design standards defined within the Warwick Station Development District Master Plan and further detailed within the WSDD Design Manual. All designs shall be compatible with the size, scale, massing, proportion, material, and other features and environmental setting of a pedestrian-scaled urban development.

(2) Additions and alterations. Wherever possible, additions or alterations to buildings, structures, and appurtenances shall be designed in a manner that transforms existing buildings to conform to the character of the district in compliance with the standards for new construction listed in section 507.3.

(3) Exterior lighting and glare. All exterior lighting shall be designed to minimize negative impacts on neighboring properties. Night sky pollution shall be controlled by down-shaded lighting or shielded lighting. All lighting shall be based upon a pedestrian scale appropriate for the Warwick Station Development District setting. Glare from outdoor lights and signs and from the movement of vehicles on site shall be shielded from the view of adjacent residential properties.

(4) Landscaping and Screening. Landscaping and screening requirements for the Warwick Station Intermodal and Gateway Districts. It is the intent of this subsection to require that properties within the Warwick Station Intermodal and Gateway Districts be suitably landscaped and screened in order to provide for attractive and well maintained development in accordance with Section 103, Purpose of this ordinance. All uses in the Warwick Station Intermodal and Gateway Districts shall comply with the minimum standards contained in Section 505, Landscaping and Screening Requirements for Nonresidential Uses; the landscaping and screening requirements specified in Section 700, Parking and Loading; as well as the guidelines found in the WSDD Design Manual.

507.3. Design regulations for new construction, parking, landscaping, storm-water control, and signage. All new construction in the WSDD is subject to approval by the Planning Board and shall be regulated by these standards and guidelines as well as those defined within the Warwick Station Development District Master Plan, the WSDD Design Manual, and Sections 505.2 through 505.5 and 505.7 of Section 505, Landscaping and Screening Requirements for Nonresidential Uses, except for those activities listed in section 507.1. (b) Administrative approval. The purpose of these regulations is to establish design criteria to create a Development District which is pedestrian in scale and to ensure that new construction is consistent with the WSDD Master Plan.

(a) Minimum standards. The following are minimum standards for all new construction projects.

(1) Design. Buildings, structures and site layout, shall be visually compatible with the character contained in the Warwick Station Development District Master Plan and the surrounding area, including building materials, massing, scale, building roof lines, and site furnishings.

(2) Architectural elements. Architectural elements should be in proportion to the overall building and should also be congruent with the surrounding building context. Exaggerated or excessively large (or small) architectural elements should be avoided. Development projects should reuse existing buildings of historical significance whenever possible.

(3) Scale. Large scale development may be encouraged in appropriate areas, but pedestrian level streetscapes shall be included as an integral design element. Conventional suburban-oriented, individual structures with a single entrance set back on a large expanse of asphalt parking are prohibited. New buildings should not be single story, large, bulky masses, but should be vertical in orientation and multi-storied.

(4) Vehicular access. Proposed site layout shall limit direct access to collector and arterial roadways and shall provide safe ingress and egress from local roads and private drives by providing a sufficient number and control of access points including adequate site distances, turning lanes and signalization when required by existing and projected traffic flow. The Planning Board may require consolidation of existing curb cuts into fewer clearly defined entrances. The Planning Board may also require shared access between developments where practicable. No development shall be allowed where there is unrestricted access to public streets or roadways or where a public street must be utilized to maneuver in and out of a parking space. Provisions shall be made for providing and maintaining safe and convenient emergency vehicle access to all buildings and structures at all times.

(5) Parking. New construction shall conform to Section 700, Off-street Parking and Loading, except for the parking reductions prescribed below:

Requirement

Use Parking Spaces per Unit or

Gross Floor Area (GFA)

Office , Bank, Medical and Professional 1 spaces/300 square feet of GFA

Hotel 0.75/bedroom

Multifamily residential 1.5/dwelling unit

Retail/Entertainment 1/300 square feet of GFA

Parking structures may be required to satisfy parking space requirements. Due to the pedestrian nature of the Intermodal zone and the use of the Interlink between the Intermodal facility and the Airport terminal, the Planning Board may limit the number of parking spaces provided for each use within the WSDD. In addition, the Planning Board may limit the ingress and egress points of parking facilities to side streets to ensure that traffic congestion is mitigated so that collector and arterial roadways are not adversely impacted.

(6) Circulation. The design of the project circulation system shall be inclusive of all transportation choices and relate to planned improvements in the area, including future walkways, street widening, realignments, or paving programs which have been planned or scheduled for construction. The design shall be consistent with corridor improvement designs encouraged within the Warwick Station Development District Master Plan and WSDD Design Manual and promote convenient and safe pedestrian and bicycle transit accessible to all. Small scaled interior streets and drives, alleyways, public spaces, and pedestrian paths shall be encouraged within the District. Such interior circulation shall link to an overall system envisioned in the Warwick Station Development District Master Plan.

(7) View corridors. Views of significant features such as the new intermodal station, the Elizabeth Mill and the Airport terminal shall be preserved whenever possible.

(8) Utilities. New development shall not impose unreasonable burdens on sanitary sewers, storm-drains, water lines, roadway systems and other public utilities and may be subject to impact studies in accordance with the Warwick Development Review Regulations. Developers shall be responsible for all improvements and upgrades resulting form a proposed development. All utilities shall be underground.

a) Public water. All new construction must utilize the City of Warwick water system. Sufficient public water supply must be available for a proposed development and shall not result in an unreasonable burden on the existing water supply.

b) Sewage disposal. All new construction must utilize the City of Warwick sanitary sewer system. Sufficient sewer capacity must be available throughout the sewer system for a proposed development and shall not result in an unreasonable burden on the existing sewer system.

c) Storm-water run-off and erosion control. Adequate provisions shall be made for storm-water runoff so that removal of surface water shall not adversely affect neighboring properties, downstream water quality, soil erosion or the storm-drain system. Whenever possible, on site underground infiltration systems shall be utilized to eliminate discharges from the site.

1. Erosion and sedimentation shall be controlled during and after construction and shall not adversely affect adjacent or neighboring property or public facilities and services. All erosion control shall meet the standards of the City of Warwick and the Rhode Island Erosion and Sediment Control Handbook.

2. All storm-water control shall meet the standards of the Rhode Island Storm-water Design and Installation Standards Manual and Section D.2.7 “Drainage” as contained in the City of Warwick Development Review Regulations. Such storm-water control shall be integral to the landscape design of the

project.

c) Traffic impact. Proposed developments shall not impose unreasonable burdens on the circulation system of the district or surrounding areas. Public roadways inadequate to handle the volume of traffic generated by the development shall be improved by the applicant to provide safe, efficient passage for vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. Developers may be required to provide a traffic impact report prepared by a certified traffic engineer as authorized in the Development Review Regulations.

(9) Security. In the case of significant projects having a substantial impact upon the district, the City, or the surrounding area, the Planning Board shall require a performance guarantee in accordance with the Warwick Development Review Regulations ensuring that the project will be completed in accordance with the approved plans and any conditions imposed.

(10) Signs. The size, location, design, lighting and materials of all exterior signs and outdoor advertising structures shall be compatible with the design of proposed buildings, structures and surrounding properties. The Planning Board may limit the size and number of signs for any property, provided however, that at least one sign for each nonresidential lot which meets the standards of the City of Warwick Zoning Ordinance shall be allowed.

(11) Special features. Exposed storage areas, exposed machinery, service areas, loading areas, utility buildings and similar structures shall have sufficient setbacks and screening to provide an audio and visual buffer designed to minimize adverse impacts on surrounding properties.

(12) Exterior lighting and glare. All exterior lighting shall be designed to minimize negative impacts on neighboring properties. Night sky pollution shall be controlled by down-shaded lighting or shielded lighting. All lighting shall be based upon a pedestrian scale appropriate for the Warwick Station Development District setting. Glare from outdoor lights and signs and from the movement of vehicles on site shall be shielded from the view of adjacent residential properties.

507.4 Demolition.

In order to create the appropriate architectural and landscape character envisioned in the Warwick Station Development District Master Plan, no building shall be demolished until the Planning Board has granted a demolition permit.

(1) Review of application. In reviewing an application for demolition, the Planning Board shall consider the architectural quality of the existing building and the quality of the site and shall review the proposed landscaping and/or new building to be constructed.

(2) Grant of demolition. A demolition permit shall not be issued until the applicant demonstrates adequate financial ability to demolish the existing structure and landscape the site or construct a new building on the site. The Planning Board may require a performance guarantee to ensure that all work approved in the grant of demolition is satisfactorily completed.

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