Potential Zoning Ordinance and Comprehensive Plan Amendments, and other items of public interest
Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendments Regarding Ground-mounted and Carport Solar Arrays
The Planning Board is considering proposing amendments to the Zoning Ordinance to revise regullation of ground-mounted solar arrays and to address solar carports. The board will discuss scheduling a public workshop meeting in the near future
Proposed Development Plan Review and Exterior Lighting Amendments
The Planning Board is considering amendments to the town’s zoning ordinance regarding procedures for processing development plan review (DPR) applications, and to create regulations specific to exterior lighting. A public workshop is scheduled for January 7, 2021, 6pm to present the proposals and accept public comment.
Full-Build Development Impact Study
The Town has contracted with Crossman Engineering to study potential impacts of future development on surface water and ground water resources and traffic. The final report is available for review here.
Jan. 29th presentations to the Planning Board:
During its March 11, 2020 meeting the Planning Board voted to forward Crossman Engineering’s final report to the Town Council with recommendations for further action. During its December 14, 2020 meeting, the Town Council directed the Planning Board to evaluate and prioritize the recommendations of the report, with Crossman’s assistance, and report back to the Town Council in 90 days.
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 (link to presentation below). Comments were received until August 16, 2019. The Planning Board presented revised drafts and accepted public input during another public meeting on January 22nd (link to presentation below). A special meeting was held on February 5th to consider input received and make revisions to the draft. During its March 11, 2020 meeting the Board voted to forward the final draft documents to the Town Council for consideration.
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 design work is on hold pending a decision on the potential undergrounding of overhead utilities in the area.
April 30, 2018 public meeting presentation & audience poll results: Aquid Streetscape DRAFT 04_30_18_FInal_polling
Proposed Voluntary Historic Preservation Incentive Program
The Planning Board is recommending creation of voluntary program to incentivize preservation of Middletown’s historic resources. Public workshop meetings to review the latest draft and accept public input were held on May 1st and November 19, 2019. The Planning Board voted to forward the proposal to the Town Council for consideration during its meeting on February 5, 2020.