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As one of the key initiatives in my economic development action plan, Putting Providence Back to Work, I am pleased to present an updated and improved Providence Zoning Ordinance for public comment. This document is the result of a year-long collaborative effort between city departments, residents, business owners, developers, institutions, and other stakeholders.

Zoning is a critical tool to implement the City’s goals for smart, sustainable, equitable and transit-oriented development that enhances the vibrancy and livability of our Capital City. I am confident that the new ordinance will provide a clear framework for guiding the growth and development of Providence, which will enhance and strengthen our City into the future.

City Plan Commission Votes Unanimously to Recommend that the City Council Approve the Revised Zoning Ordinance

At its regular meeting on August 19, 2014, the City Plan Commission (CPC) reviewed a proposed general overhaul of Providence’s zoning ordinance. The CPC voted unanimously to make a recommendation that the City Council approve the revised zoning ordinance subject to the following conditions:

1.  The CPC reserves the right to make additional recommendations to the City Council based on future findings. The CPC will consider:

i.  Proposed additions of properties to historic districts.

ii.  Changes to the zoning map and changes to the ordinance that were requested at the August 19 meeting. The requested changes will be evaluated by the DPD, which will make recommendations to the CPC.

iii.  Other requests made prior to the CPC’s September 16 meeting.

2.  The CPC will review the proposed changes at its meeting on September 16 and produce a supplemental recommendation.

The Final Draft of the proposed Providence Zoning Ordinance and Map are now available online for review. 

The Final Draft of the proposed Zoning Ordinance and Map will be discussed at the August 19th meeting of the City Plan Commission at 444 Westminster Street. Those interested in commenting on the Final Draft may either attend the August 19th meeting or may submit their comments in writing prior to August 19th to Choyon Manjrekar via email at cmanjrekar@providenceri.com.

To view the Final Draft of the proposed Providence Zoning Ordinance please click here.

To view the Final Draft of the proposed Providence Zoning Base Map please click here.

To view the Final Draft of the proposed Providence Zoning Overlay Map please click here.

To view the Summary Spreadsheet of proposed map changes please click here.

To view the Zoning Map Footnotes please click here.

What is the scope of the City of Providence Zoning Ordinance update?

The last general amendment to the City of Providence Zoning Ordinance occurred in 1994; since that time, zoning amendments, both to the text and map, have been made to address specific issues as they emerged. This project, unlike the piecemeal amendments over the past ten years, is comprehensive and meant to address the variety of issues and conditions present in the City today as well as realize the land use goals of adopted policies. Therefore, comprehensive changes are anticipated to both the Ordinance text and Zoning Map, rather than to specific properties or sections of text.

 A general amendment of the Zoning Ordinance includes a wide range of revisions to the different components of the Ordinance text including district standards, use permissions, processes, and development standards such as accessory structures, signs, and parking. In addition, this revision anticipates changes to the geographic boundaries of current zoning districts, the consolidation of existing districts, and creation of new districts, which means that the Zoning Map will also be part of this general amendment. In the end, this update will create a new Ordinance and Map that better addresses “on the ground” conditions, which will reduce nonconformities, and creates new regulations and districts to implement the vision articulated in Providence Tomorrow, the City’s officially adopted comprehensive plan, and other adopted policies.