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.

Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Middletown Planning Board is seeking public comment on the town’s draft Hazard Mitigation Plan update. Comments will be received until 4pm, August 30, 2019.  The plan is necessary to comply with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 to minimize the risks involving possible property damage and possible loss of life associated with natural hazards that may occur. The plan focuses on identifying natural hazards, the potential impact of those hazards and lists mitigation projects and strategies. The plan must be updated and approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency every five years to ensure that it reflects relevant information, enhanced analysis and revised community priorities.  The draft plan is available below, and may be reviewed in the Middletown Planning Department, 350 East Main Rd., Middletown, RI, 02842 Monday-Friday 8am-4pm. Written comments may by submitted by mail to the above address or via email to

Middletown 2019 HMP Draft Plan

Middletown 2019 HMP Final Plan

Public Presentation of Plan 7-24-2019 

Atlantic Beach District Zoning Overlay District

The Town Council has requested that the Planning Board draft a zoning overlay district to cover the Atlantic Beach District area of Middletown. Over the past few months two subcommittees of the Planning Board have worked to develop proposed regulations to address the uses that would be allowed in the district, and the design of buildings, landscaping and signs. The Board is now seeking public input on the rough drafts that the subcommittees have prepared. A public meeting was held on July 31st. The presentation is available using the link below. Additional written comments will be received until August 16, 2019, and can be mailed to the Planning Dept. 350 East Main Rd., or emailed to Following the comment period the Planning Board present revised drafts during another public meeting, yet to be scheduled.

public workshop presentation 7-31-19

ABD use table draft 8-27-19

ABD design regs draft 8-27-19

Examples of New England Architectural Styles for Discussion

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 amendments to the Subdivison Regulations

During its August 26th meeting the Planning Board will hold a public hearing to consider amendments to the Rules and Regulations Regarding the Subdivision and Development of Land as follows:

Road pavement width:

As recently discussed by the Planning Board options for regulating the paved width of new streets have been investigated. In most recent cases of subdivisions that include new roads, the applicant has requested, and the Planning Board has approved the reduction of the paved width from the required 26 feet. This has been requested to reduce impacts, including storm water runoff, as well as reduce development costs. The minimum road width required to provide adequate access for emergency vehicles is 20 feet.

Staff coordinated with the Fire Department to research acceptable minimum road widths that satisfy the Fire Department’s need for safe turning radii while achieving the goal of reducing impervious areas. The attached sheet summarizes the proposed changes and provides information on the benefits to impervious area reduction.

Proposed changes require amendments to Article 5 – Required minimum standards of design and Article 6 – Specification for required improvements including Appendix B from the Rules and Regulations Regarding the Subdivision and Development of Land (attached).

Application review timeframes:

The proposed amendments to Article 4 of the Regulations, Sections 405, 406, and 407 would replace the current application review timeframes with references to the applicable sections in state statute (§45-23 RIGL). As the state law has changed over recent years, the timeframes in the Regulations are no longer accurate. Rather than continually revising the Regulations when the statute changes, the proposal would have the Regulations simply reference the timeframes in the statute.

Public Hearing Notice

Proposed amendment drafts