Town of Coventry, RI
Kent County
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Table of Contents
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Section 13.01 Director.

There shall be a Department of Planning and Development, the head of which shall be either the Town Manager or someone appointed by the manager, and who shall be known as the Director of Planning and Development.

Section 13.02 Qualifications.

The Director of Planning and Development should possess knowledge of planning, zoning, subdivision regulations, and other allied programs and projects.

Section 13.03 Duties.

It shall be the duty of the Director of Planning and Development to advise the Town Council, through the Town Manager, concerning any matter affecting the physical development of the town; to formulate and recommend revisions or modifications of any comprehensive, industrial or recreational program and budget; and to provide necessary staff assistance for the Planning Commission, the Zoning Board of Review, the Parks and Recreation Commission, the Industrial Development Commission, Code Review Committee, and any other board, commission, or agency which the Town Council may establish and place under the jurisdiction of the Department of Planning and Development.

Section 13.10 Planning Commission.

There shall be a Planning Commission which shall act in an advisory capacity to the Director of Planning and Development, the Town Manager, and the Town Council in all matters concerning the physical growth and development of the town as such growth and development affects the general health, safety, and welfare of the inhabitants of the town.

Section 13.11 Appointment and term.

The Planning Commission shall consist of nine (9) members who shall be appointed by the Town Council. The members of the Planning Commission in office when this Charter shall take effect shall continue in office until their terms shall expire. All new appointments shall be for the term of five (5) years. The Town Council may fill any vacancy in the commission for the unexpired term.

Section 13.12 Qualifications.

No member of the Planning Commission shall be an elected or appointed official, or an employee of the town, or of any department, office or agency of the town, except that the Town Manager, the Director of Planning and Development, and the Town Engineer shall be ex-officio members of the Planning Commission without the right to vote.

Section 13.13 Powers and duties.

The Planning Commission shall have such powers and perform such duties as are granted or assigned to it by the general laws of the state and federal government, and ordinances of the Town Council. Without limiting the foregoing, the Planning Commission shall be responsible for:
(a) 
The preparation of, or modification of, a comprehensive general plan for the improvement and physical development of the town, to be known as the town's Comprehensive Community Plan and amendments and additions thereto;
(b) 
The adoption, modification, and amendment of rules and regulations governing the platting and other subdivision of land;
(c) 
The approval of all plats or other subdivisions of land before the same may be recorded in the land evidence records of the town or used as the basis for the sale of lots;
(d) 
The Consistency of the annual Capital Improvement Program with the town's Comprehensive Community Plan; and
[Amended 11-2-2010]
(e) 
The annual filing with the appropriate state agency of a report of its activities and accomplishments.
The Town Council may prescribe other duties and responsibilities of the Planning Commission in the areas of growth, development, preservation, and land use in the town.

Section 13.20 Zoning Board of Review.

There shall be a Zoning Board of Review which shall have all the powers and duties now vested by law in zoning boards of review under the laws of the state and ordinances of the town relating to zoning.

Section 13.21 Appointment and tenure.

The Zoning Board of Review shall consist of five (5) members appointed by the Town Council. The original appointments shall be made for the terms of one (1), two (2), three (3), four (4) and five (5) years respectively, and, thereafter, the appointment shall be for five (5) years. The Town Council shall name a sixth or auxiliary member of said board, who shall sit as an active member when, and if, a member of said board is unable to serve at any hearing, upon request of the chairman of said board.

Section 13.22 Vacancy.

The Town Council shall, within forty-five (45) days, fill any vacancy which may occur in the membership of said board, for the unexpired term.

Section 13.23 Qualifications.

No member of the Zoning Board of Review shall be an elected or appointed official, or an employee of the town; or of any department, office, or agency of the town.

Section 13.24 Hearings.

The Zoning Board of Review shall hear all appeals from the orders, requirements, and decisions of any administrative officer of the town so far as the same relate to the enforcement of zoning regulations of the town, and/or building regulations of the town.

Section 13.25 Powers.

The Zoning Board of Review shall have the power to sustain, overrule or modify the order, requirements or decision appealed from, and to authorize variations from the terms of the zoning regulations of the town under such circumstances and to such extent as may be provided by the laws of the state or the ordinances of the town and/or building regulations of the town.

Section 13.26 Court review.

Nothing in the preceding section shall restrict in any way the right of any person who is aggrieved by an order, requirement, or decision of any administrative officer of the town which is sustained, in whole or in part, by the Zoning Board of Review, to apply to the courts for relief.

Section 13.27 Other.

The Town Council may grant further powers and duties to the Zoning Board of Review, including, but not limited to, the duties of a Platting Board of Review.

Section 13.30 Park and Recreation Commission.

The Town Council is hereby authorized to establish a Park and Recreation Commission and to prescribe the duties of said commission. The Town Manager shall appoint the members thereof to serve at the manager's pleasure.

Section 13.40 Economic Development Commission.

[Amended 11-2-1999]
The Town Council is hereby authorized to establish an Economic Development Commission to promote and encourage the location and development of new business in the town and to encourage the maintenance and expansion of trade and business in the town. The Town Council shall prescribe the duties of said commission. The Town Manager shall appoint the members to serve at the manager's pleasure.

Section 13.50 Code Review Committee.

There shall be within the Department of Planning and Development a Code Review Committee of nine (9) members appointed by the Town Council.

Section 13.51 Appointment and tenure.

Three (3) members shall be appointed for one (1) year, three (3) for two (2) years and three (3) for three (3) years, and thereafter all appointments shall be for three (3) years.

Section 13.52 Powers and duties.

[Amended 11-2-1976]
The Code Review Committee shall continually review and study the building code, any law, rule or regulation of any agency of the State of Rhode Island, the United States, or the Town of Coventry; and it shall review any rule, regulation, or ordinance which concerns the construction and maintenance of buildings or other structures, or the installation and operation of equipment therein.

Section 13.53 Recommendations to Town Council.

The committee shall make recommendations to the Town Council, through the Town Manager, of any suggested revisions or amendments to existing codes or for the creation of new codes.

Section 13.60 Conservation commission.

The Town Council is hereby authorized to establish a Conservation Commission and to prescribe the duties of said commission. The Town Manager shall appoint the members thereof to serve at the manager's pleasure.