Planning and Economic Development
Johnston Planning and Economic Development Office
The mission of the Planning and Economic Development office is to preserve and enhance
the Town of Johnston as a great place to live and do business. Staff, including the town planner, assistant planner, and clerk, works
to assure that the development review process is fair and expeditious while protecting the quality of existing neighborhoods and commerce
in accordance with the Town Comprehensive Community Plan.
The office is charged with the following:
- Advocacy for economic development
by providing assistance to the Mayor in marketing the Town for commercial development ranging from small business to corporate headquarters.
and thorough response to citizen inquiries regarding the application process.
- Staff review and processing of land development and
subdivision applications to the Planning Board, and administrative applications to the Administrative Officer.
- Liaison with state
agencies and organizations involved in land use management.
- Implementation of the Town Comprehensive Community Plan (approved by the
state 11/17/09), including the Town Affordable Housing Plan (approved by the state 6/5/05).
- Management of the Community Development
Block Grant (CDBG) Home Repair program for low- and moderate-income homeowners.
- Administration of the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program.
- Grantsmanship and special assignments.
Planning and Economic
Development works closely with Building and Zoning, Engineering, and other municipal departments to ensure that proposed development
is in accordance with Town regulations.
The Planning Board meets monthly on the first Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at the Johnston Senior Center,1291 Hartford Avenue. The Planning Board consists of seven members appointed for three-year terms by the Mayor.
Link to meeting dates
Applications and Checklists
Administrative Subdivision: Re-subdivision of existing lots which
yields no additional lots for development, and involves no creation or extension of streets. Such subdivision shall involve only divisions,
mergers, mergers and division, or adjustments of boundaries of existing lots. Note: no lot may be made non-conforming by area with
- Process:  Pre-application meeting;  final application, with accompanying staff review, certification, and
approval; and  notice of decision by Administrative Officer and recording of plan with Town Clerk.
- Administrative Subdivision Checklist
Subdivision/Land Development: A plan for a subdivision of land consisting of five (5) or fewer units or lots, provided that such subdivision/land
development does not require waivers or modifications.
With street creation or extension:
- Process: 
Pre-application meeting;  Preliminary Plan application and public Planning Board hearing;  Final Plan application and Board
hearing with accompanying staff reviews, certifications, and approvals; and  notice of decision by Administrative Officer and recording
of Final Plan with Town Clerk. Applicant may request that Final review be delegated to administrative approval during Preliminary
- Deadline: Application to be submitted at least 57 days prior to Board meeting. Certificate of Completeness must be
issued at least 32 days prior to meeting.
Please click here
to download the Preliminary Watershed Plan and Enivronmental Impact Statement (Pocasset River Flood Mitigation
Storm Water Report
Phase II |
Without street creation or extension:
o Process: Same as above without public hearing (public informational
meeting only) by Board during step , above.
o Deadline: Application to be submitted at least
47 days prior to the meeting. Certificate of Completeness must be issued at least 32 days prior to meeting.
/Land Development: Any subdivision not classified as either an administrative subdivision or a minor subdivision; any land development
plan not classified as a minor development plan.
o Process:  Pre-application meeting;
 Combined Concept/Master Plan application, staff reviews, and Planning Board public informational meeting;  Preliminary Plan
application (upon detailed design and receipt of all state permits), staff reviews, and Planning Board hearing;  See notice of
decision for Minor Subdivision/Land Development process, above.
o Deadline: Application to be submitted
at least 54 days prior to the meeting. Certificate of Completeness must be issued at least 32 days prior to meeting.
o Major Subdivision Checklist
Office of Planning and Economic Development
100 Irons Avenue
Johnston, Rhode Island 02919
Office Hours: 7:30am to 3:30pm
M. Sherill, AICP, Town Planner:
401-231-4000 ext 4021
Rian Smith, Assistant Town Planner:
401-231-4000 ext 4188
Sue Leonardi, Planing, Zoning, and Federal Funds Clerk: 401-231-4000 ext 4117
Development and Subdivision Regulations - available for $20 at the Department of Public Works, 100 Irons Avenue.
o Other Applications: May be required for industrial and commercial developments or other land development in accordance with subdivision
regulations. Consult the
Land Development and Subdivision Regulations or contact the Town Planner or Building Official for additional
Town Hall Hours
Monday - Friday
8:30am - 4:30pm