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Bay Spring Block Walk and Workshop - Saturday, April 29th, 1:45-4 pm

  • When: Saturday, April 29, 2017

  • Time: 1:45 PM: Block Walk // 2:30 to 4:00 PM: Public Discussion

  • Where: Meet at the corner of Bay Spring Avenue and Washington Road for the Block Walk. The Public Discussion will take place at the Bay Spring Community Center, 170 Narragansett Avenue.

  • Parking: You may park on the street at Sweetbriar, where permitted, or the rear parking lot at 60 Bay Spring Avenue.

This flyer has the details.

Go to the Bay Spring Zoning Study website for all the latest information on the project.

The Town of Barrington is exploring options for amending zoning along the Bay Spring Avenue corridor. The Barrington Comprehensive Plan calls for action: “Further study is needed regarding . . . the potential to allow for a mix of small-scale, neighborhood-oriented uses and different types of housing in Bay Spring.” The Town would like the corridor’s zoning to better reflect the neighborhood’s vision for the future, including both things that should stay the same and things that may change.

The first phase of this project will gather your thoughts on the entire corridor, but will emphasize what sorts of uses should be allowed in the neighborhood business (NB) zoning district. The second phase will look at the corridor more broadly, and make recommendations for more flexible zoning to achieve the mix of uses desired by the Town and residents while reducing the number of non-conforming uses and lots. In short, the Town wants to make it easier for the things we all want to see in the corridor actually happen.


The town of Barrington was founded in 1717 rather than 1770 as shown on the signs at the entrances to town. 1770 was the date of Barrington's refounding after 23 years as part of Warren, Rhode Island. The Town Calendar for 2017 displays the portrait of Viscount John Shute Barrington, for whom our town was named. Lord Barrington was a powerful English politician and theologian, and the brother of Samuel Shute, Governor of Massachusetts. The Calendar cover also includes a transcript of the November 18th, 1717, creation of "Barrington" by the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

In November of 2015, a group of citizens urged the Town Council to form Barrington 300 to celebrate 300 YEARS OF PROGRESS IN BARRINGTON. In August of 2016, Barrington 300 was made a Town Administrative Committee and charged with creating a Calendar of Events. Barrington 300 is comprised of 50 volunteers with a Board and Advisory Committee, who will execute the year-long program.

This represents a unique opportunity to unite our community through the Celebration of its 300-year history with many town-wide activities. 2017 promises to be an exciting year for Barrington. It offers a great opportunity for the community to learn about Barrington's heritage and participate in this Tricentennial Celebration!

For more, go to the Barrington 300 page.

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  • The final day to register to be eligible to vote at the Financial Town Meeting, which will be held on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, is Monday, April 24, 2017 at the Town Clerk's Office, Barrington Town Hall, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.This is for voters who have not previously registered to vote.


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