Two boards, two definitions of developable land

Because the Town Council and the Planning Board have two conflicting opinions on what constitutes developable land on Block Island, a public hearing on the matter has been scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 5 p.m. at Town Hall.
Due to a vote by the Town Council last January, conservation easements are now included in the town’s definition of developable land in the zoning ordinance, which, according to some, will open up Block Island’s open spaces and protected lands to development. The Planning Board believes that conservation easements should be excluded from the definition. The

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