Little Compton Comprehensive Plan

TABLE OF CONTENTS
June, 1994 With revisions 2001 to 2003

  Acknowledgements & Responses to State Comments    
  Changes - May 7, 2009    

1.

Population

 

 

 

1.1

Introduction

1-4

 

 

1.2

Regional Population

1-6

 

 

1.3

Age and Gender of Population

1-7

 

 

1.4

Housing and Family Composition

1-10

 

 

1.5

Education

1-11

 

2.

Land Use

 

 

 

2.1

Introduction

2-1

 

 

 

2.1.a         Existing Land Use

2-2

 

 

 

2.1.b        Zoning

2-3

 

 

 

2.1.c         Land Use Consistency with Current Zoning

2-4

 

 

2.2

Buildout Analysis

2-4

 

 

 

2.2.a         Assumptions

2-6

 

 

 

2.2.b        Analysis Methodology

2-7

 

 

 

2.2.c         Buildout Scenarios

2-10

 

 

 

2.2.d         Summary of Buildout Analysis

2-14

 

 

2.3

Land Use Goals and Recommendations

2-15

 

 

 

2.3.a         Goals

2-15

 

 

 

2.3.b        Recommendations

2-16

 

 

2.4

Future Land Use Plan Map

2-19

 

3.

Housing

 

 

 

3.1

Preface

3-1

 

 

3.2

Introduction

3-1

 

 

3.3

Age of Housing Units

3-4

 

 

3.4

Substandard or Overcrowded Housing

3-4

 

 

3.5

Housing Affordability

3-5

 

 

 

3.5.a         Rental Housing

3-8

 

 

 

3.5.b        Affordable Housing Legislation

3-9

 

 

3.6

Housing Programs

3-9

 

 

3.7

Income Levels

3-10

 

 

3.8

Housing Needs

3-11

 

 

 

3.8.a         Very Low and Low Income

3-11

 

 

 

3.8.b        Median Income

3-12

 

 

 

3.8.c         Moderate Income

3-13

 

 

3.9

Elderly

3-13

 

 

3.10

Homeless

3-13

 

 

3.11

Housing Goals and Recommendations

3-14

 

 

 

3.11.a       Goals

3-14

 

 

 

3.11.b      Recommendations

3-15

 

4.

Economic Development

 

 

 

4.0

Introduction

4-1

 

 

4.1

Citizen Survey

4-2

 

 

4.2

Economic Profile

4-2

 

 

 

4.2.a         Labor Force and Employment

4-2

 

 

 

4.2.b        Commuting Patterns

4-5

 

 

 

4.2.c        Family Income

4-6

 

 

4.3

4.2.d        Retail Sales

4.2.e         Public Finances

Business in Little Compton

4-6

4-7

4-17

 

 

4.3.a         Agriculture

4-19

 

 

4.3.b         Commercial Fishing

4-21

 

4.4

Findings

4-21

 

4.5

Goals and Recommendations

4-23

 

 

4.5.a         Recommendations

4-24

5.

Natural and Cultural resources

 

 

5.1

Introduction

5-1

 

 

5.1.a         Purpose

5-2

 

5.2

Natural Resources

5-2

 

 

5.2.a         Natural Features

5-3

 

5.3

Water Resources

5-3

 

 

5.3.a         Groundwater

5-4

 

 

5.3.b         Rhode Island Sound

5-11

 

 

5.3.c         Sakonnet harbor

5-12

 

 

5.3.d         Rivers, Ponds and Streams

5-13

 

 

5.3.e         Coastal wetlands and Ponds

5-15

 

 

5.3.f          Barrier Beaches

5-17

 

 

5.3.g         Freshwater Wetlands

5-18

 

 

5.3.h         Regulations of Wetlands

5-20

 

 

5.3.i          Flood Hazards

5-21

 

5.4

Soils

5-22

 

5.5

Vegetation and Wildlife

5-24

 

 

5.5.a         Habitat Maintenance

5-26

 

 

5.5.b         Rare and Endangered Species and Habitats

5-26

 

 

5.5.c          Sites of Particular Interest

5-28

 

5.6

Visual and Aesthetic Resources

5-29

 

 

5.6.a         Rhode Island Landscape Inventory

5-30

 

 

5.6.b         Landscape Protection

5-31

 

 

5.6.c          Scenic Roadways

5-31

 

5.7

Natural Resources Issues, Goals and Recommendations

5-32

 

 

5.7.a         Goals

5-33

 

5.8

Cultural Resources

5-45

 

 

5.8.a         Local History

5-46

 

 

5.8.b         Existing Historic and Archaeological Resources

5-49

 

 

5.8.c         Historic Preservation Activities

5-53

 

 

5.8.d         Existing Resource Protection

5-53

 

 

5.8.e          Other Cultural Resources

5-54

 

 

5.8.f          Cultural Resource Concerns

5-58

 

 

5.8.g         Cultural Resource Issues, Goals and Recommendations

5-61

 

 

5.8.h         Cultural Resource Goals

5-63

 

 

5.8.i          Cultural Resource Recommendations

5-64

6.

Community Services and Facilities

 

 

6.1

Introduction

6-1

 

6.2

Town Government

6-1

 

6.3

Schools

6-2

 

6.4

Library

6-5

 

6.5

Police Department

6-7

 

6.6

Fire Department

6-8

 

6.7

Emergency Management

6-10

 

6.8

Health and Human Resources

6-10

 

 

6.9

Public Works

6-12

 

 

6.10

Transfer Station

6-12

 

 

6.11

Community Center

6-16

 

 

6.12

Wastewater Management

6-16

 

 

6.13

Drainage and Stormwater Management Facilities

6-17

 

 

6.14

Issues

6-18

 

 

 

6.14.a    The Commons

6-18

 

 

 

6.14.b     Sakonnet Harbor

6-19

 

 

6.15

Goals and Recommendations

6-19

 

 

 

6.15.a    Goals

6-19

 

 

 

6.15.6    Recommendations

6-20

 

7.

Open Space and Recreation

 

 

 

7.1

Introduction

7-1

 

 

7.2

Results of the Citizen Survey

7-2

 

 

7.3

Facilities Types

7-7

 

 

 

7.3.a      Active Play Facilities

7-7

 

 

 

7.3.6      Passive Recreational Facilities

7-7

 

 

 

7.3.c      Conservation/Open Space

7-8

 

 

7.4

Definition of Recreation, Conservation and Open Space Needs

7-8

 

 

7.5

Recreation, Conservation and Open Space and farmland Inventory

7-10

 

 

7.6

Recreation, Conservation and Open Space Needs

7-59

 

 

 

7.6.a      Indoor Recreation

7-60

 

 

7.7

Needs by Facility Type

7-61

 

 

 

7.7.a      Indoor Recreation

7-65

 

 

 

7.7.b       Summary

7-65

 

 

7.8

Goals, Policies and Recommendations

7-66

 

 

 

7.8.a      Policies

7-66

 

 

 

7.8.b      Five Year Goal

7-67

 

 

 

7.8.c       Recommendations

7-69

 

 

7.9

Agencies and Organizations Involved in Implementation

7-69

 

 

 

7.9.a      Local Government Agencies

7-69

 

 

 

7.9.b      Private Organizations

7-71

 

 

 

7.9.c       State and Federal Agencies

7-72

 

 

7.10

Sources

7.73

 

8.

Circulation

 

 

 

8.1

Street Classification

8-1

 

 

8.2

Traffic safety

8-4

 

 

8.3

Scheduled Road Improvements

8-7

 

 

8.4

Parking

8-9

 

 

8.5

Motor Vehicle Registrations

8-10

 

 

8.6

Goals

8-10

 

 

 

8.6.a      Recommendations

8-11

 

9.

Implementation Program

 

 

 

9.1

Introduction

9-1

 

 

9.2

Element 2 - Land Use

9-3

 

 

9.3

Element - Housing

9-13

 

 

9.4

Element - Economic Development

9-17

 

 

9.5

Element - Natural and Cultural Resources

9-23

 

 

9.6

Element - Community Services and facilities

9-36

 

 

9.7

Element - Recreation and Open Space

9-43

 

 

9.8

Element Circulation

9-49

 

 

 

 

 

 

10.

Public Participation Program

 

 

 

10.1

Public Kick-off Meeting

10-1

 

 

10.2

Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee

10-1

 

 

10.3

Citizen Attitude Survey

10-4

 

 

 

10.3.a  Profile of the Residents

10-5

 

 

 

10.3.b  Attitudes on Town Image

10-7

 

 

 

10.3.c  Housing

10-9

 

 

 

10.3.d  Schools

10-11

 

 

 

10.3.e  Traffic Safety

10-11

 

 

 

10.3.f   Development Economic Development and Natural Resources

10-12

 

 

 

10.3.g  Regulations

10-15

 

 

 

10.3.h  Water Quality Protection

10-17

 

 

10.4

Public Workshops/Hearings

10-17