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.


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. A public meeting was held on July 31st. The presentation is available using the link below. Comments were received until August 16, 2019.  The Planning Board will present revised drafts during another public meeting scheduled for January 22nd at 6pm.

Jan 22nd public meeting notice

public workshop presentation 7-31-19

Draft ordinance rev. 9-6-19

Draft use table rev. 9-6-19

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 3o, 2018 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 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. This desing work is underway.

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 5, 2018 the Town Council adopted the ordinance creating the Atlantic Beach TIF District. Links to the ordinance, master plan and other documents are provided below. The District was created to fund public improvements from the incremental increased tax revenues fro properties within the District.

Public Hearing Notice

TIF Master Plan

Financial Projections

TIF District Ordinance

Proposed amendments to the Subdivision Regulations

During its August 26, 2019 meeting the Planning Board approved amendments to the Rules and Regulations Regarding the Subdivision and Development of Land as follows. These amendments have been forwarded to the Town Council:

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 time frames in the statute.

Proposed amendments

Fire Protection Measures, Landscaping Performance Security, and Litter Management:

The Middletown Planning Board held public hearings during its regular monthly meeting on November 20, 2019 to consider adopting proposed amendments to the Town of Middletown Rules and Regulations Regarding the Subdivision and Development of Land as follows:

    1. Proposed new Section 522 – Fire Protection under Article 5 – Required Minimum Standards of Design, to promote enhanced fire protection measures for new development, such as installation of fire hydrants, cisterns and residential fire sprinklers.
    2. Proposed amendments to Article 7 – Improvement and Maintenance Guarantees, regarding performance security and inspection of installation and maintenance of required landscaping.

These amendments were adopted and sent the Town Council for approval.

During its January 8, 2020 meeting, the Board will hold a public hearing on proposed amendments to require litter and trash management as part of development plan review for commercial development as follows:

    1. Proposed amendments to Section 521.1. E – Infrastructure – To require litter and trash management and bicycle racks on commercial properties as part of the Development Plan Review process.

Drafts of the proposed amendments and the notice for the January 8th hearing are provided below.

DRAFT Section 522 – Fire Protection

Article 7 performance security amendments

Litter Management draft 9-13-19

Jan 8th public hearing notice – Litter

Conservation Subdivision Development:

The Middletown Planning Board will hold public hearings during its regular monthly meeting on December 11, 2019 at 6:00 pm at Middletown Town Hall, 350 East Main Road, Middletown, to consider adopting the following proposed amendments to the Regulations regarding conservation subdivisions. The amendments described in the document below were recently considered and approved by the Town Council and will be considered for final adoption by the Planning Board.

Conservation Regs Article 3 amendments TC adopted 11-4-19

Dec. 11th Public Hearing Notice

Proposed Voluntary Historic Preservation Incentive Program

The Planning Board is considering recommending creation of voluntary program to incentivize  preservation of Middletown’s historic resources. A public workshop meeting to review the latest draft and accept public input is scheduled for November 19th, 6pm, in the Town Council Chambers.

Public Workshop Notice

Program Summary

Draft Ordinance, rev. 10-25-2019

Public Meeting presentation 11-19-2019