Planning & Community Development

Warren, RI 02885
401-289-0529 • 401-245-0595 (fax)
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Located on the 2nd Floor of the Warren Town Hall

Director of Planning & Community Development

What's going on around Town?
Check out the latest updates from Bob Rulli here and in the Warren Times.  

Read about the new Warren Works event here and join us at Hope & Main on October 16. 

What does the Department Do?
The Department of Planning and Community Development coordinates with Town Departments, property owners and the public to define planning/community problems, resolve conflicts and craft ways to achieve common Town goals.

Information about resilience and efficency projects can be found on the "Green Warren" webpage.  

Current Planning (Subdivisions)
Planning Board Meetings are held on the fourth Monday of each month at 7:00 PM. Technical Review Committee (TRC) Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month if necessary and as needed. Administrative offices are on the second floor of the Warren Town Hall.

For more information, applications and schedules, see the Planning Board page.

Plan Development
The Department Develops and implements plans to improve the community, such as the Comprehensive Plan, the Hazard Mitigation Plan, the Waterfront Plan and neighborhood revitalization plans. Current plans and studies in development in the 2013-2014 fiscal year:

- Warren Hazard Mitigation Plan: This plan, partially funded through a grant from FEMA, outlines hazards such as hurricanes, storm surges and floods that can impact Warren and devises actions to respond to those hazards.

- Comprehensive Community Plan: This plan is the overall guide for Town policies and actions and provides the vision for where the community would like to go in the next ten to twenty years.

Project Management
The Department of Planning and Community Development coordinates with other departments, state and federal agencies, residents and consultants (engineers, architects, etc.) to implement community improvement projects. The Department arranges community outreach efforts, locates funding sources and manages project grants.

 Data Analysis and Mapping

The Department of Planning and Community Development is responsible for analyzing data to guide policies, procedures and practices, including to land use and land subdivision and community development projects. Data can come through state sources, such as RIGIS (Rhode Island Geographic Information Systems), as well as the U.S. Census BureauRIEDC (Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation), HUD or other agencies that collect information.

The Department provides mapping for the Town, and maintains tax parcel maps and zoning maps. For more information on Maps that are available, please see the Document Library (Maps) section of the website. For more information, contact the Department at 245-2469.

Grants Management

Warren Community Septic System Loan Program

Document Library
Document Warren Community Septic Loan Program
Document Warren Community Septic Loan Program Application

Fair Housing Promotion and Education
By federal law, the Town of Warren, as a CDBG recipient, must certify that it will actively support fair housing through the distribution of written materials, outreach and education, events or other activities. What does Fair Housing mean? Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Fair Housing Act), as amended, prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of dwellings, and in other housing-related transactions, based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status (including children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women, and people securing custody of children under the age of 18), and handicap (disability). To learn more about Fair Housing policies, visit the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's website at