Tuesday, April 23, 2019
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Planning Department

Public Notice – Potential Zoning Ordinance and Comprehensive Plan Amendments, and other items of public interest

Use the links below to access information regarding proposed amendments to the Middletown Zoning Ordinance, the Middletown Rules & Regulations Regarding the Subdivision and Development of Land, and the Middletown Comprehensive Community Plan, as well as other items of public interest.

May 1, 2019 Planning Board Public Workshop

The Middletown Planning Board will meet on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 6:00pm at Middletown Town Hall – Town Council Chambers, 350 East Main Rd. to discuss and accept public comment on potential amendments to the Middletown Town Code and the Middletown Rules and Regulations Regarding the Subdivision of Land regarding the following topics:

  1. Possible creation of incentive program to promote preservation of historic buildings and resources.
  2. Possible amendments to the Middletown Rules and Regulations Regarding the Subdivision and Development of Land to promote enhanced fire protection measures for new development, such as installation of fire cisterns and residential fire sprinklers.

For more information, please contact the Middletown Planning Department at (401) 849-4027 or rwolanski@middletownri.com.


Comprehensive Plan – Future Land Use Plan Changes

Pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws 45-22.2-8 the Middletown Planning Board will hold a public hearing on March 6, 2019 at 6pm in the Middletown Town Hall- Town Council Chambers to accept public comment on potential changes to the Town of Middletown Comprehensive Plan’s Future Land Use Plan. The proposal under consideration involves changing the Future Land Use designations on several parcels throughout the town in order to bring consistency between the Future Land Use Plan and the Town’s Zoning Ordinance. No change to the current zoning designation of the parcels listed in the public notice below is proposed.


Limited Business Zoning District 

The board accepted suggestions for potential future zoning ordinance amendments regarding uses and dimensional regulations for properties located in the Limited Business (LB) zoning district on Thursday, September 21, 2017, at 6:00 PM Town Hall – Town Council Chambers 350 East Main Road, Middletown, RI. There was a follow-up discussion of the board on October 23, 2017 at 6pm. A subcommittee was formed to continue the review. Meetings of the subcommittee are posted when scheduled.


Agricultural/Farm-related Businesses

The Planning Board considered proposed changes to the Middletown Zoning Ordinance to expand the types of business uses that are allowed on farms. Accessory business uses currently allowed on farms would continue to be allowed, while additional allowed uses would be added. The purpose of the amendments is to provide farmers with the ability to gain additional economic value from the agricultural use, thereby reducing the incentive stop farming and convert the land to residential development or another use.  The Planning Board hosted a public workshop meeting on March 26, 2018 to present the current draft, accept public comments, and answer questions. Please see the draft ordinance and fact sheet below. The Planning Board has forwarded recommended zoning ordinance amendments to the Town Council for consideration. A public hearing before the Town Council is scheduled for January 22nd at 7pm.

Atlantic Beach District/Lower Aquidneck Ave. Roadway Improvements

The Middletown Planning Board hosted a public meeting at 6pm on April 3oth in the Town Council Chambers to discuss potential improvements to the roadway and streetscape of the lower Aquidneck Ave. area, also referred to as the Atlantic Beach District. The Town’s engineering consultant reviewed preliminary design plans for the proposed improvements, and the Planning Board accepted public comments and questions. The April 30th presentation and preliminary concept plans can be viewed by clicking on the links below. The Planning Board’s recommendation to the Town Council is also provided. On June 4, 2018 the Town Council voted to proceed with development of 30% design plans for the streetscapes project.

During the August 20th Town Council meeting there was discussion of tax increment financing (TIF) as an option for funding portions of the project, including under-grounding of utilities. On October 15th, 7pm, the Town Council will host a public hearing regarding the creation of a TIF district covering the Atlantic Beach District. See below for more information.

On October 2, 2018, 6pm, RIDOT will host a public informational meeting regarding proposed modifications to three intersections within the district. The intersection work is proceeding separately, but is being coordinated with the streetscapes project.

Conceptual Streetscape Plans DRAFT 11_8_17

April 30, 2018 public meeting presentation & audience poll results:  Aquid Streetscape DRAFT 04_30_18_FInal_polling

Planning Board Recommendation

Atlantic Beach Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District

On November 5th the Town Council adopted the ordinance creating the Atlantic Beach TIF District. Links to the ordinance, master plan and other documents are provided below.

Public Hearing Notice

TIF Master Plan

Financial Projections

TIF District Ordinance

Proposed Subdivision Regulations Amendments

The Planning Board will hold a public hearing on January 30, 2019 at 6pm to consider proposed amendments to the Middletown Rules and Regulations Regarding the Subdivision and Development of Land. The proposed amendments involve regulations governing Conservation Development, as well as application fees, forms and checklists. Please see the documents below for additional information.

January 30, 2019 Public Hearing Notice

Proposed Conservation Dev. amendments

Proposed amendments to fees, forms, checklists

Citizen Request