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Bay Spring Zoning Study Under Way

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

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.

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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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  • Rhode Island Health and Educational Building Corporation Public Schools Revenue Bond Financing Program Revenue Bonds, Series 2017 C Please view attachment

  • Government Finance Officers Association
    News Release - Attachment

  • Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting - Attachment

    Celebrating the 300th Anniversary founding of Barrington in 1717. For more information contact: Bonnie Warren and/or Van Edwards

  • Police Cove Park Boat Ramp will be open on Saturday, May 27, 2017

  • Contact the Economic Development Committee -

  • Budget Report Summary Fiscal Year 2017 - Monthly / Budget to Actual Attachment

  • Climate Response Public Workshop - 7-9pm Wednesday, May 31, 2017 Please view attachment

    • Join us for a panel discussion about sea level rise and increased storm impacts on the Town of Barrington and information about Barrington and Warren's selection as a climate change demonstration site.

    • Presentation and Panel Discussion by:
      URI Coastal Institute, URI Coastal Resources Center, CRMC, Save the Bay, Town of Barrington

  • Allin’s Cove Conservation Management Plan

  • Area Baseline Documentation Report and Management Plan

    Background - Save the Bay

  • Employment Opportunities - Latest openings are posted on the Employment Opportunities page.

  • Volunteer Opportunities. The Town Council is looking for volunteers to serve on various boards and commissions.

  • Consumer Alert / RI Office of the Attorney General - IRS Scam

  • Hunting Regulations. If you have questions regarding hunting regulations click on .

  • See the Town of Barrington Animal Control page for the latest lost and found listing of dogs, cats and other animals in Barrington.

  • Eco-Depot calendar to alleviate traffic here onsite during RI Recycles Day. That’s available at: