Planning Board


With the assistance of a consultant, the Planning Board developed a survey to determine what residents value in our town and how they would like the community to look into the future.  The results of this survey can be found at this link

The Planning Board and the Planning Department have collaborated to develop a draft COMPREHENSIVE COMMUNITY PLAN.  A 30 day review and comment period ends on October 15, 2020.  All comments should be addressed to Town Planner, Shaun Lacey at  The draft can be viewed here.

Agendas & Minutes

View all agendas and minutes.

View meeting videos:
May 26, 2020 Planning Board Meeting
July 14, 2020 Planning Board Meeting
September 8, 2020 Planning Board Meeting
September 22, 2020 Planning Board Meeting


  • 7 p.m.
  • Second and fourth Tuesday of every month (meeting dates are subject to change - see calendar on home page)
  • 2020 Meeting Schedule

The Planning Board meets to hear applications for land development projects, including subdivisions, and to conduct development plan reviews. In addition, the Planning Board holds work sessions on the fourth Tuesday of the month to discuss pending applications, ordinance amendments, and other planning matters. All meetings are open to the public.

Applicants must first schedule a pre-submission conference with the Town Planner. An application for the Planning Board that is subsequently submitted must be certified complete two weeks (14 days) before a scheduled meeting to be placed on the agenda for consideration.


  • For a list of current members, please see this link

Planning Board Duties

The Planning Board prepares and updates the Comprehensive Community Plan and makes recommendations to the Town Council and Zoning Board of Review on zoning matters as needed. Here is the state-approved comprehensive plan for the Town of Richmond (PDF).


Decisions by the Planning Board, or by the town planner acting as the Administrative Officer, may be appealed to the Zoning Board of Review in its capacity as the Board of Appeal. Applications forms for planning appeals may be obtained from the building, planning, and zoning Clerk.

Development Plan Reviews

Detailed instructions for Development Plan Review can be found in Chapter 18.54 of the Zoning Ordinance. The checklist for Development Plan Review is in Chapter 15 of the Land Development and Subdivision Regulations.

The Planning Board reviews applications for development plan review, major and minor land developments, and major and minor subdivisions. Consult the Land Development and Subdivision Regulations and/or the Zoning Ordinances for additional information.

Federal Programs

For information on federal government programs in Rhode Island related to open space, conservation, and agricultural preservation contact the Natural Resource Conservation Services.

Reference Documents