Notice is given pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws 45-24-53 that a Public Hearing will be held in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 3275 Post Road, Warwick, Rhode Island on November 20, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. The purpose of the Public Hearing is to consider the proposed ordinance to amend the Zoning Ordinance as summarized below:

Title:     An ordinance amending Appendix A, Zoning Ordinance of the City of Warwick to conform with procedural and substantive changes in state land use laws, modify land uses and districts, and delete superfluous sections codified in the state building code (PCO-24-23)

Applicant:   City of Warwick

Location:  City Wide

Zoning Districts:  OS, A-40, A-15, A-10, A-7, O, WB, GB, LI, GI, Intermodal, Gateway, Village District

Amended Sections:  103. – Purpose
200. – Definitions
300. Table 1 – Use Regulations
301. – Districts
302. – Overlay districts
303. – District Boundaries
304. – General Provisions
305. – Administrative Procedures for Overlay Districts
306. – Overlay district regulations – Institutional-health care (IH)
307. – Overlay district regulations – Institutional-education (IE)
308. Overlay district regulations – Planned district residential (PDR) and planned district residential-limited (PDR-L)
310. – Overlay district regulations – Flood hazard (AE, VE)
311. – Overlay district regulations – Historic (H)
401. – General application
404. – Land nonconforming by use
405. – Land nonconforming by area
406. – Buildings and structures nonconforming by parking
407. – Nonconformance as to landscaping requirements
502. – Reserved
504. – Freshwater wetlands regulations
507. – Warwick Station Development District (WSDD)
601. – Accessory buildings and uses
603. – Fences
605. – Special use permits and variances
701. – Parking requirements
806. – Permitted signs by district
807. – Supplemental sign regulations
903. – Procedure and adoption of rules
904. – Powers of the board
905. – Modifications granted by the building official
906. – Variances, special use permits, and appeals
907. – Expiration of variances and special use permits
1001. – Building official
1007. – Adoption, amendment and administration of zoning ordinance

Reason for Change:   The Warwick City Council desires to amend various sections of the City’s Zoning Ordinance as outlined herein to conform with procedural and substantive changes in state land use laws, modify land uses and districts, and delete superfluous sections codified in the state building code.  

Amendments:   In general, the proposed zoning ordinance amendment will: update the purpose of the zoning ordinance, make grammatical changes, update terminology and references, amend, add and delete definitions, modify zoning districts, modify use regulations for two-family and ministorage, update nonconformance protocols, establish standards for land development project and development plan review, eliminate outdated freshwater wetlands regulations, update protocols for City Centre Warwick, eliminate swimming pool regulations, provide public safety exemption for fence height, incorporate unified development review procedures, streamline parking and sign requirements, update zoning board quorum, voting standards, and timelines, clarify modifications granted by building officials, establish special uses development standards for two-family, and update zoning notification and publication standards,

A complete copy of the proposed amendment may be examined at the City of Warwick web-page and/or copied, at cost, in the office of the City Clerk, City Hall, Warwick, Rhode Island any Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m.  The proposed ordinance may be altered or amended prior to the close of the public hearing without further advertising, as a result of further study or because of the views expressed at the public hearing.  Any alteration or amendment will be presented for comment in the course of the hearing.

All persons interested in the above are respectfully requested to be present at that time and place to be heard thereon.  Individuals requesting interpreter service for the hearing impaired must notify the office of the City Clerk at 738-2006, 72 hours in advance of the hearing date.

Any party, person (s) or entity interested in registering for electronic notice for proposed zoning amendments and/or amendments to the City’s Zoning Ordinance, Zoning Maps, and/or the City’s Development Review Regulations governing Subdivision, Land Development and Development Plan Review should contact the City’s Planning Department at 401-738-2009 or at

Lynn D’Abrosca, City Clerk


No comments on this item Please log in to comment by clicking here