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Public Access to the Rhode Island Shore. CRMC Coastal Education Series Narragansett Bay Commission Meeting Room September 25, 2007 6:00 PM Kevin R. Cute Marine Resources Specialist Coastal Resources Management Council. CRMC Methods for Providing Public Access to the Shore.

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Public Access to the Rhode Island Shore

CRMC Coastal Education Series

Narragansett Bay Commission Meeting Room

September 25, 2007

6:00 PM

Kevin R. Cute

Marine Resources Specialist

Coastal Resources Management Council


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CRMC Methods for Providing Public Access to the Shore

  • Metro Bay SAMP: Urban Coastal Greenway

  • Red Book § 335: Public Access Plans

  • RIGL 46-23-6: CRMC Designated Public

    Rights-of-Way to the Shore


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Metro Bay SAMPUrban Coastal Greenway

Red Book or UCG option:

  • Continuous public pathway along the coast

  • One arterial access path per 1/4 mile of shoreline

  • Two parking space minimum per development; additional space per 100 linear feet of coastline

  • 7,050 linear feet of public access so far…


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Red Book Section 335

Public Access Plan

  • Applies to certain developments or activities:

    • Commercial and industrial development or redevelopment projects

    • New and significant expansions to marinas

    • Activities that involve filling of tidal waters

    • Publicly funded beach nourishment projects


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Red Book Section 335Public Access Plan

  • Access may be physical, visual, interpretive

  • Requires access similar to that impacted by proposed development or activity

  • Access may be provided off-site

  • Variance may be granted if no significant public access impacts can be demonstrated


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Red Book Section 335Public Access Plan

Apponaug Cove Marina


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Red Book Section 335Public Access Plan

Thames Street Landing – Stone Harbour Condominiums


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Red Book Section 335Public Access Plan

CRMC Approved Projects with “335” Public Access Plan City/Town

  • Stone Harbour Bristol

  • Thames Street Landing Bristol

  • Weetamoe Farms Bristol

  • Wharf Tavern Bristol

  • Sakonnet Point Club Little Compton

  • Knowlesway Extension (at Pt. Judith Pond) Narragansett

  • Casey’s Marina Newport

  • Newport Onshore Newport

  • The Inn at Long Wharf (Marina) Newport

  • West Wind Marina (Waite’s Wharf) Newport

  • Blue Beach (Economic Development Corporation) North Kingstown

  • Compass Rose Beach (Economic Development Corporation) North Kingstown

  • Jamestown Bridge (RI Department of Transportation) North Kingstown

  • Keiffer Park (Economic Development Corporation) North Kingstown

  • North Kingstown Town Marina North Kingstown

  • Spink’s Neck Beach (Economic Development Corporation) North Kingstown

  • Carnegie Abbey Portsmouth

  • Melville Marina Portsmouth

  • Mt. Hope Marine Terminal Portsmouth

  • Collier Point Park (Narragansett Electric) Providence

  • Providence Place Mall Providence

  • Shooters (Currently RIDOT property ) Providence

  • Village at Mt. Hope Bay (Starwood) Tiverton

  • Dickerson’s Marina Warwick

  • Greenwich Bay Marina Warwick


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CRMC Designated ROWsAdopt-an-Access

The council is responsible for the designation of all public rights-of-way to the tidal water areas of the state, and shall carry on a continuing discovery of appropriate public rights-of-way to the tidal water areas of the state

- RIGL Ch. 46-23-6


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CRMC Designated ROWsAdopt-an-Access

  • CRMC has designated 221 ROWs

  • CRMC responds to request to improve public access at Daunis ROW (P-1)

  • Adopt-An-Access Program established 2005


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CRMC Designated ROWsAdopt-an-Access

First Adopt-an-Access: Daunis ROW – CRMC Designation No. P-1

  • Town of Barrington plan to establish parking on Daunis ROW

  • RI Superior Court: Sartor et. al., v. Town of Barrington

    • plaintiffs contend ROW “footpath only”

  • Can Town improve parcel for vehicular access and parking?

  • 1915 dedication of relocated parcel creates a substitute street “running to the shore”

  • Intention was to create a street and not a mere footpath for public access to the shore


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CRMC Designated ROWsAdopt-an-Access

The Parcel is a right-of-way that is intended to accommodate the public-at-large and not merely abutters of the property or those in walking distance. In such a case automobile access is reasonable and necessary.

- Sartor et. al., v. Town of Barrington, C.A. No. 03-3985


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CRMC Designated ROWsAdopt-an-Access

Daunis ROW (P-1)


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CRMC Designated ROWsAdopt-an-Access

Obstruction at Daunis ROW


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CRMC Designated ROWsAdopt-an-Access

Obstruction at Daunis ROW


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CRMC Designated ROWsAdopt-an-Access

Memorandum of Understanding

  • Section I: Authorities & Purpose

    • (RIGL 46-23-6 and RICRMP)

  • Section II: Responsibilities

    • (CRMC, Municipality, Adopting Entity)

  • Section III: Amendment & Termination

    • (Mutual agreement and six-month notice)

  • Letter of Permission


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CRMC Designated ROWsAdopt-an-Access

Five ROWs “adopted” in 2007 by

Save Bristol Harbor:

  • Constitution Street (S-4)

  • Union Street (S-5)

  • Walley Street (S-6)

  • Poppasquash Road (S-19)

  • Oliver Street (S-22)


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CRMC Designated ROWsAdopt-an-Access

Adoptions Pending in 2007:

  • Ruggles Avenue, Newport (Z-4) Clean Ocean Access

  • Nausauket Road, Warwick (J-24) RI Salt Water Anglers Association

  • Capstan Road, Jamestown (G-12) Roberts Family

  • Bluff Road, Westerly (A-2) Watch Hill Visitors Bureau

  • Bass Rock Road, Narragansett (C-6) URI Chapter Coastal Society

  • Conant Road, Narragansett (C-7) Narragansett Surfcasters

  • Tuckerman Avenue, Middletown (Y-1) Clean Ocean Access & Milnes Family


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It’s YOUR Public Access!


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