Planning Board


  • 7:00 p.m.
  • Regular meetings are the 4th Tuesday of each month
  • Work Sessions are on the 2nd Tuesday of each month
  • Council Chambers
    Town Hall  
    180 High Street
    Wakefield, RI 02879
Click here for a current listing of the Planning Board's regular session meetings and the relevant submittal deadlines.  Click here for information about the different types of projects reviewed by the Planning Board.

Staff assistance is provided by the Director of Planning, along with the Principal Planner, Senior Planner and the Planning Department.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval. 
 View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes



 The seven members are appointed for 3-year terms:
  • Maria H. Mack - Chair
  • Joseph T. Murphy - Vice-Chair
  • Peter DiStefano
  • Susan Axelrod - Secretary
  • Paul Jordan
  • Robyn Pothier
  • Elizabeth Karp


The organization, powers and duties of the Planning Board are set forth in the Town Charter, Section 4910.

The Planning Board is engaged in land use development management, which includes a broad spectrum of activities concerning land use, development and the regulations which govern the process. The Planning Board reviews and approves all subdivisions proposals, and reviews and makes recommendations to the Council regarding zone change amendments. The Planning Board reviews and updates the Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Regulations and the Comprehensive Community Plan.
  1. James D. Rabbitt, AICP

    Planning Director
    Phone: (401) 789-9331 x1246

  2. Jason Parker, AICP

    Principal Planner
    Phone: (401) 789-9331 x1245

  3. Planning

    Physical Address
    180 High Street
    Wakefield, RI 02879

    Phone: (401) 789-9331 x1244
    Fax: (401) 788-9792