Town News



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:


Barrington "Bring on Art" Festival (6/14/2015) - Artists Invited to Apply

The Bring on Art Festival will be Sunday, June 14, 2015 on the grounds of the Town's Government Center (Town Hall/Library). The Town of Barrington wishes to create a unique environment for celebrating the power of the arts in the community.

Artists are encouraged to apply. Accepted original work will include oil and acrylic painting, watercolor, drawing, pastels, printmaking, sculpture, photography, glass, mixed media, wood, ceramics, metals, jewelry, textiles. The application deadline is April 1, 2015.

For more information, see the Recreation Department page.


Project Updates

  • Police Cove Park. The contract to build a new park at Police Cove, located on County Road at the Barrington River Bridge, has been awarded to William Anthony Excavating of North Kingstown, RI. Construction is to start soon, and continue through the spring / summer of 2015. 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. Work is expected to begin in the spring. 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

  • Memorial Day ~ 8:30 am, Monday, May 25: Victory Field Memorial Gate, Barrington High School ~ Raising of the Flag, Prayer, Roll Call of Deceased Veterans, Placing of the Wreath, Firing Squad, Taps and Echo

    Memorial Day Parade ~ 9 am to 11 am, May 25: On Monday, May 25, 2015, the Memorial Day Parade will commence on Lincoln Avenue. It will proceed to Upland Way, Barrington Avenue, Maple Avenue, finishing on County Road. Please join us to salute our country’s heroes and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

  • Financial Town Meeting - 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, Barrington High School Auditorium

  • Spring Theatre Performance: 7 pm, Saturday & Sunday, May 22 & 23 ~ Barrington Public Library ~ Fee: $8

  • Repaving: D’Ambra construction will commence repaving of Fales Avenue, Richard Street, Highland Avenue (East), Adelaide Avenue, Lewis Street, Karen Drive and Blount Circle from the week of May 18th. This work will take at least two weeks to complete.

  • Natural Gas Flaring: Warren Meter Station Site, Brown Avenue, Warren ~ May 26 to May 28, 2015. The flare system produces a large visible flame and loud noise

  • Beach Passes and Boat Passes are now available at the Recreation Department.

    Beach opens Saturday, May 23rd. Trendy's Pizzeria serving food at Barrington Beach for the 2015 beach season 7 days a week 10 am - sundown.

  • Bids - the Town has issued a request for quotes for the following:

    • Raised Boardwalk: construction of a raised boardwalk for a Veterans Memorial Park trail.

  • The Department of Public Works and the Recycling Center will be closed Memorial Day Monday, May 25, 2015.  Monday’s refuse and recycling will be collected Tuesday along with the regular Tuesday route. 

  • Summer Camp Overview - Art Camp, Camp Endeavor, Chess Camp, Cool Kids Camp, History, Mystery!, Tennis, and Theatre

  • 2015 Summer Concert Series - Pat McGee, Becky Chase Nightlife Orchestra, and Boston Premier

  • Volunteers Needed: Boards & Commissions

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

  • Ad Hoc Economic Development Task Force: 4 vacancies: 3 members from the business community and 1 members from the general 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.

  • Ad Hoc Advisory Committee for the Amey Tucker Spencer Fund:

The Trustees of the Amey Tucker Spencer are looking for volunteers to serve on the Ad Hoc Advisory Committee for the Amey Tucker Spencer Fund who have experience with non-profit and/or charitable experience. At least one (1) member, should be a member of the bar association and is familiar with trust law; and, one (1) member should have experience with investments.The Committee will review all aspects of the Fund and report their recommendations back to the trustees for discussion and consideration.

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

  • Energy Committee: 1 vacancy: full member

  • Housing Board of Trustees: 3 vacancies: 3 alternates

Resume forms can be obtained through the website at, at the Town Clerk's Office at Town Hall, or at the Library. Submit your resume to the Town Clerk's Office.

Posted May 12, 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.

Upcoming Meetings