Planning Board

When: Meetings are the second Wednesday of each month at 6:00 PM in the Town Council Chambers, unless otherwise posted.


Term Expires
Paul A. Croce Chair 2/2021
John Ciummo 2/2022
Mike Fenton Secretary 2/2023
William J. Nash, Jr. Vice Chair 2/2022
Betty Jane Owen 2/2021
Joseph Pierik 2/2023
Arthur Weber 2/2022

Planning Board Agendas & Minutes are available from:

Town Charter Article X Sec. 1008. Planning Board

The town council shall by ordinance provide for the creation of a planning board, consisting of seven qualified electors appointed by the town council for terms of three years. No member shall serve for more than three consecutive terms without at least a one-year interval before being appointed for an additional term. Persons appointed to the board shall hold no other office in the service of the town. (Amended, November 5, 2002.)

Editor’s note. For state law as to municipal planning boards generally, see R.I. Gen. Laws, ” 45-22-1, 45-22-2. As to subdivisions, see R.I. Gen. Laws, ‘ 45-23-1 -t seq.

Town Code: Planning Board


In accordance with the provisions of section 1008 of the Charter, there is established a Planning Board for the town consisting of seven members who are qualified electors of the town. Members shall be appointed by the Council for terms of three years (except that initial appointments under this division shall provide that two members shall serve for one-year terms and two other members for two-year terms). Any vacancy on the Board shall be filled by the Council for the remainder of the unexpired term. All members shall serve until their respective successors shall have been appointed.


The Board shall organize annually by electing a chairman, a vice chairman and secretary. Members of the Board shall serve without compensation but shall be compensated for their necessary and actual traveling expenses in the performance of their official duties, to be paid out of any funds appropriated for the use of the Board. Regular meetings of the board shall be held monthly on such days as the Board may determine, and special meetings shall be held at the call of the chairman or on the written request of three members. The Board shall adopt rules for the transaction of business and shall keep permanent and complete records of its proceedings, meetings, hearings and recommendations. Four members of the board shall constitute a quorum at any regular or special meeting and no action shall be taken unless by the concurring vote of a majority of the members present and voting.


The Board shall, when requested by the Council, make studies and, when necessary, prepare plans of the resources and needs of the town, with reference to its physical growth and development as affecting the health, safety, morals and general welfare of the people and the economy and efficiency of communal life. Such studies and plans may include among other things the following: Land use; zoning; transportation facilities; public utilities; public facilities including schools, parks, beaches and other public areas and structures; blighted areas including plans for the redevelopment, rehabilitation and prevention of slum districts; air and water pollution; natural resources; protection from disaster; and economic and sociological characteristics of the town.


The Board shall submit a recommendation to the Council on all proposed ordinances and resolutions which concern the existing and proposed location and arrangement of the uses of land, or such other matters within the scope of section 248 that may be referred to it. Nothing in this section, however, shall be construed to restrict or prevent the Council from acting on any ordinance or resolution contrary to or in the absence of a recommendation of the Board.


The Board shall prepare and adopt a comprehensive plan for the development and improvement of the town. Such plan shall show among other things the existing and pro posed location and arrangement of the uses of land in the town; zoning districts; highways and appurtenant structures; transportation and utility routes, facilities, and structures; public schools; parks and recreation areas; and public buildings and facilities. The board shall not adopt, modify or amend such comprehensive plan until after a public hearing of which it shall give notice specifying the time and place of such hearing by publication of such notice in a newspaper of general circulation within the town at least once a week for three successive weeks prior to the date of such hearing, at which hearing opportunity shall be given all persons interested to be heard upon the matter of the proposed comprehensive plan, or of such modification or amendment.


When requested by the Town Administrator, the Board shall collaborate with the Town Administrator in the annual preparation and recommendation to the Council of a capital improvement budget for the following year and a comprehensive future capital improvement program.


The Board may call upon other departments, boards or committees of the town and agencies of the state and federal governments for assistance in the performance of its designated functions and shall cooperate with such other departments and with state and federal agencies on community, regional and state planning and development. All town officials and boards shall upon request furnish the Planning Board such available information as it may require for its work.


The Board shall report annually to the Council, summarizing the work of the preceding year and recommending plans of future development. All plans and reports of the board shall be first submitted to the Council, and thereafter, subject to approval by the Council, the Board may publish and distribute copies of plans and reports to promote public interest in and understanding of the work of the board.


The Board, subject to approval by the Council, may appoint such assistants and employees as it may deem necessary and may also employ consultants or enter into agreements with state, federal or regional agencies; and the Board may incur any expense necessary therefor, but it shall not for any purpose contract for or incur any expense larger than the amount appropriated or available therefor.


For the purpose of promoting the general health, safety and general welfare, by governing and restricting the plotting and subdivision of land in the town, the Planning Board is hereby authorized and empowered to adopt rules and regulations governing and restricting the plotting or other subdivision of land within the town, and from time to time modify and amend such rules and regulations as it may adopt; and is further authorized and empowered to control the subdivision of land within the town, pursuant to such rules and regulations and subject to and in accordance with the provisions of R.I. Gen. Laws Title 45, Chapter 23.


The Planning Board shall submit the rules and regulations, and amendments or modifications thereof that it proposes to adopt, to the Council for its consideration and approval and for any recommendation it may desire to make with respect thereto.

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Middletown, RI 02842

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