Original Airport Protection Overlay District Ordinance (2016)

In 1999 the State of Rhode Island formally adopted the requirement that communities containing a hazard area associated with a State Airport are mandated to establish airport hazard areas under their own land use police powers, or Zoning Ordinance, as outlined within R.I. Gen. Law §1-3-5 (Title 1 Aeronautics, Chapter 1-3 Airport Zoning).  In accordance with this requirement, Town Staff has developed a draft Airport Protection Overlay Ordinance to take into account aviation regulations and policies while minimizing the impacts to the development rights of our residents and ensuring safe and compatible land uses within the vicinity of the airport.

The presentation below was presented to the Town Council on August 15, 2016 and outlines our efforts in developing this Ordinance and what has been proposed to be incorporated within it.
Draft Airport Protection Overlay Ordinance
The completed draft version of the Airport Protection Overlay Ordinance is available in the link below:
Independent Maps & Figures
Figure 1 - Proposed Airport Protection Overlay District Map
Figure 2 - Zone A (RPZ) Parcels
Figure 3 - Zone B (Approach Zones)
Figure 4 - Zone C (Transitional Zones)
Figure 5 - Zoning Confliction Areas
Figure 5A - Zoning Confliction Areas (Runway 7)
Figure 5B - Zoning Confliction Areas (Runway 32)
Figure 5C - Zoning Confliction Areas (Runways 14 and 25)

Current Status
As of August 25, 2016, two (2) Public Informational Sessions have been held (June 28, 2016 and August 11, 2016) and the Draft Ordinance was presented to the Planning Board on August 9, 2016 and received a favorable advisory to the Town Council.  The minutes from the Public Informational Session, as well as the Planning Board Minutes and Advisory Memo can be found below.

The Ordinance was presented to the Town Council at their workshop on August 15, 2016 and is pending professional and legal review prior to formal Town Council action.


Informational Session Meeting Videos
Airport Protection Overlay District Public Informational Session Meeting Minutes 06-28-2016

Airport Protection Overlay District Public Informational Session Meeting Minutes 08-11-2016