Town News



Comprehensive Plan Approved

On March 25, 2015, the Town Council and Planning Board approved the 2015 Comprehensive Community Plan following a public hearing.

The approved Plan, which has been submitted to the State for approval, 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

  • Request for Quotes - Bike Racks. The Town has issued a request for quotes for the fabrication and installation of bike racks at Primrose Hill School and the Middle School, with funding from federal Safe Routes to School grants. More information is here.

  • Employment Opportunities - new openings posted on the Employment Opportunities page: Seasonal help for Barrington Recreation programs; seasonal help for Public Works; part-time driver - senior services van.

  • Astronomy Day Saturday, April 25, 2015 ~ 1 pm to 6 pm & 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm ~ Town Hall Lawn

  • The Central Bridge will be closed to traffic on Monday & Tuesday, April 27 & 28, 2015 between the hours of 8 pm and 6 am. The closure is to install the new water main. The detour utilizes County Rd and New Meadow Rd.

  • Attend the Public Forum: A New Chapter Upstairs! Barrington Library Building Campaign Thursday, April 30 at 7 PM. Meet the library director and staff of Barrington Public Library at this special public informational forum to learn about plans for a 2016 library renovation to the 2nd floor, which includes the Children's Room, meeting rooms, the Auditorium/Gallery and staff offices. Open to all.

  • Community Shred - Saturday, May 9th from 9 am to 11:30 am located at the Department of Public Works

  • The final day to register to be eligible to vote at the Financial Town Meeting, which will be held on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, is Monday, April 27, 2015
    at the Town Clerk’s office from 8:30 am - 4:30pm.

  • Volunteers Needed: Boards & Commissions

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

  • Ad Hoc Economic Development Task Force: 7 vacancies: 4 members from the business community and 3 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

  • Conservation Commission: 1 vacancy: full member

  • Energy Committee: 1 vacancy: full member

  • Housing Board of Trustees: 3 vacancies: 3 alternates

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

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 April 6, 2015

  • 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.

  • 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.

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