Town of Barrington Planning Board

municipal lead

This project was initiated by the Town's Planning Board, with input and assistance from local residents. The Planning Board handles Development Plan Review applications for businesses as well as subdivision applications. The Planning Board can also serve as an advisory Board as      directed by the Town Council or in commercial matters that will also require Zoning relief. Additionally the Planning Board has recently completed an update to the Town's Comprehensive Community Plan.


Horsley Witten Group

Project consultant

The Town has hired the Horsley Witten Group, Inc. (HW) to assist with research, community outreach, and the redreafting of the zoning ordinance. HW is a full-service environmental science and engineering firm with offices located in Providence Rhode Island, Boston, and our main headquarters in Sandwich, Massachusetts. The firm was incorporated in 1988 and consists of a professional staff of 52 engineers, surveyors, hydrogeologists, hydrologists, wetlands scientists, landscape architects, marine scientists, geologists, computer modelers, land use planners, environmental analysts, licensed site professionals, and supporting personnel. HW specializes in providing consulting and engineering services in sustainable development techniques, civil-site and roadway permitting, design and construction administration, coastal and watershed protection, hydrology, hydrogeology, engineering, land use regulation, and technical information transfer and training. In addition, members of our staff frequently serve on their local Planning Boards or Conservation Commissions, and our Principals have served in advisory capacities to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, and the Audubon Society.

Over the past 23+ years, approximately two-thirds of our client base has been in the public sector covering the entire range of community, county, state, federal, and tribal governments. Our work in the private sector has been primarily in site design, peer reviews, and permitting. In 2011, 86% of our clients were repeat clients, attesting to the quality of our services. Over the past several years, HW staff has successfully completed the design, permitting, bidding and construction of a number of public and private road and subdivision projects.  HW is an interdisciplinary environmental services firm combining engineering and science with land use planning, economics, and public policy. Our corporate goal is to create innovative solutions to environmental problems by successfully integrating engineering, scientific, regulatory, and management skills. HW brings decades of experience and qualifications in land use planning, infrastructure planning, economic development, housing production, open space preservation, community design, natural resource protection and – more recently – smart growth, low-imoact development (LID), and smart energy.