Barrington's hazard mitigation plan goes up for review soon

Public hearing set for June 14

Posted 5/22/22

In accordance with the Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, the Town of Barrington is updating its hazard mitigation plan is seeking feedback from the public.

The town will make a draft of the …

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Barrington's hazard mitigation plan goes up for review soon

Public hearing set for June 14

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In accordance with the Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, the Town of Barrington is updating its hazard mitigation plan is seeking feedback from the public.

The town will make a draft of the plan available to the public for input during a three-week public review period. There will also be a pubic hearing. The public review period begins May 24 and ends June 14. The hearing is scheduled for June 14 at 7 p.m. in the town hall.

The draft plan is an update to the town’s 2017 plan and provides a mitigation strategy roadmap for the next five years. It was completed under the guidance of a steering committee consisting of town staff, residents, and other stakeholders. The plan also integrates comments and input from the community. More than 440 people submitted responses to a public opinion survey distributed in April. More than half of the respondents included comments and recommendations that have been reviewed and considered. Many suggestions are recognized in the 2022 Action Plan.

The overall purpose of the plan is to strengthen the town’s resilience to various natural hazards, including flooding and hurricanes. It identifies vulnerabilities that include updated climate change predictions and rising sea levels, as Barrington has 20 miles of coastline and seven square miles of water. 

Between May 24 and June 14, an online version of the draft plan will be available on the town’s website (https://www.barrington.ri.gov/hazard-mitigation-flood-management) with a hard copy available for review at the town clerk’s office. For those individuals who cannot attend the public hearing and want to provide written comments, please submit them by June 10 to: Teresa Crean, Director of Planning, Building & Resiliency, Town Hall, 283 County Road, Barrington, RI or via email: tcrean@barrington.ri.gov. 

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