The Westerly Comprehensive Plan

Westerly, RI

Applied Expertise

  • Comprehensive Planning
  • Economic Development
  • Urban Design
  • Zoning
  • Public Involvement


Westerly, Rhode Island is a traditional New England seaside community focused on its spectacular seven miles of sandy beaches with diverse recreational uses, views and amenities. Community character is embodied in the seascape, the beautiful and vibrant downtown and the famous Watch Hill vacation home community with its impressive mansions and stunning views. Like many attractive older communities, the strong historic core is threatened by encroaching suburban development impacting the community’s visual appeal and creating traffic concerns. Greenway and blueway connections will help Westerly retain a stronger sense of organization and reinforce connectivity between beaches and downtown. Environmental priorities include the preservation of historic, cultural and natural resources including the Town’s signature beaches.