Planning & Economic Development

The Department of Town Planning and Economic Development manages a wide range of tasks, including implementation of the Comprehensive Plan, preparation of grant applications, review and processing of Planning Board applications, preparation of bid documents, project management, and administration of Spencer Trust programs.

The Economic Development Officer is the main point of contact for applicants requiring Town approvals, such as liquor licenses, sign permits, A-frame signs, commercial developments, etc.

  • FYI: Know your rights. Discrimination under Fair Housing Act

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    Discrimination in renting or buying a home, getting a mortgage, seeking housing assistance, or engaging in other housing-related activities

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cp_coverComprehensive Community Plan

Proposed Amendments (2019) (Recommended by Planning Board) and background information

Town Council Public Hearing: continued to Monday, July 29, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., in the Council Chamber at Barrington Town Hall, 283 County Road

Planning Board Public Hearing: Tuesday, July 16, 2019 [NOTE MEETING DATE], at 7:00 p.m., in the Council Chamber at Barrington Town Hall, 283 County Road

Planning Board Recommendation: Minutes of 4/2/19 Planning Board meeting (pp 9-10)

Summary: Proposed amendments (attached) would add Appendix IIA - "Developer Guidance for Allin's Cove and Former O'Bannon Mill Sites, applicable to Lots 109 and 154 on Assessor's Plat 2. Proposed revisions to other elements in the Comprehensive Plan are proposed, in order to cross-reference the addition of Appendix IIA:

  • Housing & Neighborhoods Element - pp 18 and 22
  • Land Use - Page 147
  • Future Land Use Map (Map LU-6) - Adding Cottage Community as a land use category, applied to the two parcels
  • Zoning-Future Land Use Analysis Map (Map LU-7) - Identifying the two parcels as eligible for Cottage Community zone, subject to consistency with Appendix IIA
  • Implementation element - Table 1 (p. 151), Table 9 (p. 179), Table 9A (p. 181)

Barrington Comprehensive Community Plan (Approved 2015)

State approval of the current plan expires on May 10, 2025.

Continuing Care Retirement Community at the Former Zion Bible Institute Campus

Latest information on the plans for a CCRC at the former Zion Bible Institute campus:

For copies or additional information, please contact Phil Hervey at (401) 247-1900 x7 or


Palmer Pointe Neighborhood

Application materials - Preliminary Plan Application Submittal


For copies or additional information, please contact Mary Ann Rosenlof at (401) 247-1900 x326 or

Home Repair Program

The Town makes available to income-qualified homeowners zero interest loans that are forgiven after five years if the house has not been sold. Eligible projects include roof replacements, heating system replacements, windows and doors, handicap-accessibility projects, etc. For information about applying for a Home Repair Loan, please contact Mary Ann Rosenlof at or 247-1900 x326.

Please note it is illegal to discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. More information about Fair Housing:

Planning Forms & Documents

Click here for planning documents and Planning Board and Technical Review Committee application forms, checklists and related information.


Philip Hervey, AICP, Town Planner

Debra Page-Trim, Economic Development Officer and Spencer Trust Administrator

  • Phone: 247-1900, extension 365

  • Fax: 247-3765

Office Location

  • Location: Mezzanine, Barrington Town Hall, 283 County Road.