The Town of West Greenwich Zoning Ordinance contains the dimensional regulations and uses allowed for each zoning district. It also contains the procedures and requirements for Variance applications and Special Use Permits, including in-law apartments. General non-residential development requirements, such as parking, landscaping, and signage, are also regulated by the Zoning Ordinance.
All new commercial or industrial developments, or changes to existing non-residential developments, must be reviewed by the Planning Board as either a Development Plan, or a Land Development Project, both of which are authorized by the Zoning Ordinance, however, the review procedure, and pertinent submission requirements are contained within the checklists at the end of the Land Development and Subdivision Regulations.
The official Zoning Ordinance may be purchased at the Town Clerk's Office for $10.00. It is not currently available on our website. Portions of the Zoning Ordinance are posted here for informational purposes only and may not be up to date. For the most current version of the Zoning Ordinance, obtain an official copy from the Town Clerk's Office. For questions, please call Jennifer Paquet, Town Planner, at (401) 392-3800 x 121. Check with the FAQ page first to see if what you are looking for is posted there.
Application to Zoning Board (for Use and Dimensional Variances and Special Use Permit).
Application to Town Council (for Zoning District Change).
Excerpts from Zoning Ordinance:
Article IX: Development Plan Review (as amended September 10, 2008)
Senior Residential District (adopted March 19, 2008)
Corporate Zoning District (adopted May 10, 2006)
Exit 7 Special Management District (as amended through April 18, 2007)
Article IV: Signage Regulations (as amended September 10, 2008)
Residential Compound Regulations (as amended October 14, 2009)
Communications Facilities (adopted December 10, 1997)
Land Development Projects (adopted October 18, 2004)
Growth Management Ordinance (as amended through October 18, 2004)
Conservation Design Development addendum (adopted December 8, 2010) (use in conjuction with Subdivision Regulations) (click here for more information on Conservation Design)
General Zoning Map (For illustrative purposes only. For greater detail, see individual plat maps available in the Town Hall)
Zoning Use Table (October 13, 2010)
Article I: Administration and Procedures (includes definitions)
Article II: Zoning District Use Regulations (includes dimensional requirements)
Article III: Industrial Site and Performance Standards
Article V & VI: Off-Street Parking & Off-Street Loading
Article VII: Special Regulations
Article VII Sections 13. & 14.:. Multi Family Dwelling Units & Two Family Dwellings
Article VII Section 15: Administrative Procedures: Comprehensive Permit for Low and Moderate Income Housing
Article VIII: Lawful Non-Conforming Uses
Articles X & XI: Extractive Removal & Validity