The Community Development Department manages functions of the Town related to Planning, Zoning, Code Compliance, Building Inspection, Historic District, Redevelopment, as well as land use, housing, air pollution, and the protection of the natural environment within the town.
The department, along with a variety of Boards and Commissions, provides stewardship over the growth of the community and the conservation of its natural environments and community characteristics.
Below are some of the projects - past and current - that help to shape the Town.
The purpose of Hazard Mitigation is to recommend actions and policies for the Town of Bristol to minimize the social and economic loss or hardships resulting from hazardous events. The first iteration of the plan was approved in 2010 and has since been updated in 2016, 2019, 2020, and 2021. View the most recent updates to the Hazard Mitigation Plan (PDF).
To view annual status reports of the Hazard Mitigation Plan on the Community Plans page.
The need for municipalities to increase resilience and adapt to extreme weather events and a changing climate is strikingly evident amongst the communities of the State of Rhode Island.
In the Spring of 2020, the Town of Bristol embarked on certification within the newly established State of Rhode Island Municipal Resilience Program (MRP). In July 2020, the Town of Bristol organized a Community Resilience Building Workshop led by Nature Conservancy (TNC) in partnership with the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank (RIIB).
The workshop's central objectives were to
- Define top local natural and climate-related hazards of concern;
- Identify existing and future strengths and vulnerabilities;
- Identify and prioritize actions for the Town of Bristol;
- Identify opportunities to collaboratively advance actions to increase resilience.
The Stormwater Phase II Final Rule is the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) effort to preserve, protect, and improve the Nation's water resources from polluted stormwater runoff. Common stormwater pollutants include pesticides, fertilizers, oils, salt, litter and other debris, and sediment. Another concern is the possible illicit connections of sanitary sewers.
Because Bristol is located within an urban boundary, the town is obligated to meet the Phase II Stormwater requirements. However, the town has previously dealt with many stormwater regulations and issues as part of the Narragansett Bay Initiative to make the bay swimmable and fishable. Bristol's Phase II efforts described herein are intended to meet the requirements of the regulations and supplement previous efforts regarding stormwater.
View the updated Stormwater Management Plan (PDF).
Learn more about Bristol’s efforts to design a bike route from the southern terminus of the East Bay Bike Path to the Mt. Hope Bridge. Bristol Bicycle Network Project
Diane M WilliamsonDirector of Community DevelopmentPhone: 401-253-7000 ext. 126
Edward TannerPrincipal Planner, Zoning Enforcement Officer
Community DevelopmentPhysical Address
235 High Street
Bristol, RI 02809
235 High Street 1st Floor Bristol RI 02809
10 Court Street
Bristol, RI 02809
Monday through Friday
8 am to 4 pm