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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

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.

  • School and Town Budget for FY2015-16

  • Tax payments are due Tuesday, June 30, 2015 The Finance Department / Tax Collections Department is located on the first floor of Town Hall.

  • There will be NO change in the rubbish and recycling collection schedule due to the Independence Day holiday.  The Department of Public Works will be closed Monday, July 6, 2015 and the Recycling Center will be closed Saturday 7/4/15, Sunday 7/5/15 and Monday 7/6/15.

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

Town Beach ~ Trendy's Pizzeria serving food at Barrington Beach for the 2015 beach season 7 days a week 10 am - sundown.

  • 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.