2011 Aug. 17:RI South Kingstown: Crematorium allowed, particulate emissions seens as approximately same as a wood stove

2011 Aug. 17:RI South Kingstown: Crematorium allowed, particulate emissions seens as approximately same as a wood stove
Board passes crematory, liquor store progresses
South County Independent
Zoning Board Member Igor Runge said his concern had been environmental particulates, but research showed emissions would be about the same as a wood stove.

Excerpt:
At the Aug. 17 meeting, the Zoning Board of Appeals overruled Building Official Jeffrey O’Hara’s rejection of an application from Peter Storti, owner of Avery-Storti Funeral Home and Crematory at 88 Columbia St.

Storti plans to demolish a two-car garage on the property and replace it with a crematorium. O’Hara denied the application because existing zoning use codes do not specifically allow crematoriums in a commercial neighborhood zone.

“This is a small unit,” Gamage said. “Others provide more capacity for commercial facilities where that is all they do, and they service 50 or 60 funeral homes.”

Gamage said he believed this unit would be an accessory use.

“A funeral home’s function is not to bury, it is the proper disposition of the body,” Gamage said. “This is an ancillary use.”

Zoning Board Member Igor Runge said his concern had been environmental particulates, but research showed emissions would be about the same as a wood stove.

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