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Bay Spring Zoning Workshop June 29 at 7 p.m.

Go to the Bay Spring Zoning Study website for all the latest information on the project.

  • Upcoming: On Thursday, June 29, starting at 7 p.m., the Planning Board will host a public work session on the project to include a presentation by the Town's consultant, Horsley Witten Group, on options to amend the zoning for portions of the study area. The workshop will be in the School Committee Room - 1st Floor, Barrington Town Hall.

The Town of Barrington is exploring options for amending zoning along the Bay Spring Avenue corridor. The Barrington Comprehensive Plan calls for action: "Further study is needed regarding . . . the potential to allow for a mix of small-scale, neighborhood-oriented uses and different types of housing in Bay Spring." The Town would like the corridor's zoning to better reflect the neighborhood's vision for the future, including both things that should stay the same and things that may change.

The first phase of this project will gather your thoughts on the entire corridor, but will emphasize what sorts of uses should be allowed in the neighborhood business (NB) zoning district. The second phase will look at the corridor more broadly, and make recommendations for more flexible zoning to achieve the mix of uses desired by the Town and residents while reducing the number of non-conforming uses and lots. In short, the Town wants to make it easier for the things we all want to see in the corridor actually happen.


The town of Barrington was founded in 1717 rather than 1770 as shown on the signs at the entrances to town. 1770 was the date of Barrington's refounding after 23 years as part of Warren, Rhode Island. The Town Calendar for 2017 displays the portrait of Viscount John Shute Barrington, for whom our town was named. Lord Barrington was a powerful English politician and theologian, and the brother of Samuel Shute, Governor of Massachusetts. The Calendar cover also includes a transcript of the November 18th, 1717, creation of "Barrington" by the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

In November of 2015, a group of citizens urged the Town Council to form Barrington 300 to celebrate 300 YEARS OF PROGRESS IN BARRINGTON. In August of 2016, Barrington 300 was made a Town Administrative Committee and charged with creating a Calendar of Events. Barrington 300 is comprised of 50 volunteers with a Board and Advisory Committee, who will execute the year-long program.

This represents a unique opportunity to unite our community through the Celebration of its 300-year history with many town-wide activities. 2017 promises to be an exciting year for Barrington. It offers a great opportunity for the community to learn about Barrington's heritage and participate in this Tricentennial Celebration!

For more, go to the Barrington 300 page.

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Opening a Business in Barrington page provides a step-by-step guide walking you through the Town approval process.
  • Rhode Island Health and Educational Building Corporation Public Schools Revenue Bond Financing Program Revenue Bonds, Series 2017 C Please view attachment

  • New Public Works Office Hours: Office hours at DPW, 84 Upland Way, will be 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. beginning Monday June 5, 2017.

  • Town Budget information available on the Finance Department page

  • Barrington 300 - 1717 to 2017. Your interest in Barrington 300 is welcome!