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State Approves Comprehensive Plan

The State of RI has approved the Town's Comprehensive Community Plan. Barrington is the fifth municipality in Rhode Island to receive State approval, valid for 10 years (expiring on May 10, 2025), in accordance with the Comprehensive Planning and Land Use Act amendments of 2011.

The plan was approved locally on March 25, 2015, when the Town Council and Planning Board approved the 2015 Comprehensive Community Plan following a public hearing.

The approved Plan and other information can be found here:

The Comprehensive Community Plan sets the Town's goals and policies addressing a wide range of issues, including housing, land use, transportation, parks & recreation, community services & facilities, natural hazard mitigation, energy efficiency and renewable energy, and environmental protection. The Plan provides a basis for zoning, development/subdivision standards, capital improvement budgets, State grant applications and Town policies.

If you have questions, please submit them to the Office of the Town Planner, Lower Level, Barrington Town Hall, 283 County Road, or by e-mail:


Project Updates

  • Police Cove Park. The contract to build a new park at Police Cove, located on County Road at the Barrington River Bridge, was awarded to William Anthony Excavating of North Kingstown, RI. Construction has begun, to continue through July/August. The Town has also contracted with a Rhode Island artist to fabricate and install a sculpture within a waterfront plaza at the park. More information can be found here.

  • Veterans Park Trail Improvements. The Town has a grant to improve trails within Veterans Memorial Park, on the east and west sides of Brickyard Pond. Final approvals were recently secured from the State. The Town is contracting out portions of the project to be completed this summer. Volunteers will be needed for multiple trail projects. More information can be found here.

  • More project information can be found in Top Topics.

Bulletin Board bulletin

  • Certified Budget for FY2015-16

  • Surveys. Your input is important! Please complete these two short surveys.

Natural Hazards - Impacts, Issues and Concerns. Your feedback will help the Town plan for impacts of natural disasters and sea level rise.

Parking in the "Village Center". Parking is a critical issue in the "Village Center" (County Road/Maple Avenue/Waseca Avenue area). Tell us how you use parking and share your ideas for improving parking.

  • Fiddle n' Folk Fest, 11 am to 5 pm, Saturday, September 12 ~ Rain Date: September 13 - Location: Haines Park

  • Arm Chair Travel: Mt. Everest, Dr. Tim Warren "Seven Powerful Steps to the Top of the World"~ Monday, September 28th 1pm ~ Center Center 245-0432

The Barrington Town Council is looking for volunteers to serve on:

    • Ad Hoc Economic Development Task Force: 2 vacancies: 2 members from the business community.

The charge is to include investigating and evaluating strategies to boost our local economy; and, determine whether a part-time Business Liaison or Economic Development person should be hired as a contact for new and established businesses and to facilitate procedures and answer questions.

    • Board of Assessment of Review: 1 vacancy: 1 alternate

    • Cemetery Commission: 1 vacancy: full member

    • Energy Committee: 1 vacancy : full member

    • Housing Board of Trustees: 3 vacancies: 3 alternates

    • Planning Board: 1 vacancy: full member

    • Senior Services Advisory Board: 1 vacancy: 2nd alternate

Resume forms can be obtained through the website, at the Town Clerk's Office @ Town Hall, or at the Library. The deadline to submit your resume to the Town Clerk’s Office is Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Posted August 4, 2015


  • Energy Resources Page


The Energy Committee's new Energy Resources features information on the Town's efforts to reduce energy usage, as well as solar initiatives and other programs that benefit homeowners and businesses.