Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Community Planning (MCP)


Community Planning and Area Development

First Advisor

Howard Foster


This paper addresses the issue of how to establish a transfer of development rights system in the Town of Bristol, Rhode Island. Identified are changes necessary to implement the program. These changes include the adoption and amendment of several pieces of legislation by the Rhode Island General Assembly. Additionally given are amendments and additions to the Bristol Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Code and Subdivision Regulations. These changes establish the parameters of the transfer of development rights program, including: sending district requirements, receiving district requirements and the development rights bank.

This paper does not present a history of transfer of development rights programs. Rather, it is a legal blueprint designed to preserve cultural, natural and historical sites in Bristol. If adopted, the program will preserve valuable undeveloped lands while mitigating against a Constitutional takings claim.



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