Boards & Commissions



Town Boards

Agricultural Conservancy Trust (website)
mailing address:  Town Hall, PO Box 226, Little Compton, RI 02837

The LCACT is a seven member board appointed by the Town Council that fulfills several functions assigned to it by State Law and the Town Charter. These duties include:

  • Acquiring development rights to agricultural property within the Town,
  • Acquiring agricultural property or interest therein,
  • And to preserve open spaces, fresh and saltwater marshes, estuaries and adjoining uplands, groundwater recharging areas, land providing access to the ocean, land for bicycle paths and land for future public recreational facilities and use.


  • William Richmond, Chair
  • A. Michael Steers
  • David Wechsler
  • Nelson Cabot Jr.
  • Edward Levine
  • Wayne Barker Montgomery
  • Don McNaughton

Beach Commission (beach page)
The Beach Commission consists of five (5) members elected at the Financial Town Meeting for four (4) year staggered terms.
The Commission shall have the authority to manage, regulate and control all public beaches owned by the Town and to make suitable provisions for the care, management maintenance, protection and improvement of the beaches.


  • Joseph D. Maiato
  • Samantha Snow
  • Donald Medeiros
  • William Ryan
  • Mikel Folcarelli

Beach Rates:

         All Passes/Permits are available at the beach.

                                     2024 Beach Fees

Passes/Permits  Description  Cost 
Beach Pass Daily - Weekday  $20
  Daily - Weekend or Holiday   $25
  Weekly   $75
  Season   $250
Motorcycle Daily - Weekday  $20
Motorcycle Daily - Weekend or Holiday  $25
Camper Application Fee 2024  $100
*requires prior approval by application Seniors Citizens & Veterans  $50
  *Day Camper Pass  $40
  *Overnight Camper Pass  $50
Campfire Permit Fires out by 10pm  $10


2024 Camper application

ach Telephone: 401-239-4818
     Beach Email:

Board of Canvassers
The Board of Canvassers acts as the local election authority in conformity with State Law and the Town Charter. Its duties include:

  • Receiving and certifying nomination papers,
  • Registering voters,
  • Certifying voting lists,
  • Certifying local election results,
  • Assisting the Town Moderator with the management of the Financial Town Meeting,
  • Oversee the operation of elections on Election Day,
  • Serving as local liaison for the Secretary of State and Board of Elections,
  • And all other functions under State Law.
Elections:         As of 2020 all elections will be open from 7 am to 8 pm
                           Polling location for all registered voters is located at: 
                                         Wilbur McMahon School Gymnasium
                                         28 Commons
                          Please contact the Canvassing office for further information on mail ballot procedures
                  Interested in being a poll worker?  Call the Town Clerk at 635-4400 for further information 


  • Karen Carroll Beauchemin
  • Rose Strokes
  • Alpin Chisholm
  • Leslie Fox, Alternate
  • Lindsey Pineo, Alternate
T: (401) 635–4400

Budget Committee
The Budget Committee is charged by the Town Charter to aggregate information, investigate all requests for town funds, and recommend a level of funding to the voters so that they can be better informed at the Financial Town Meeting. The Committee produces a report once a year and mails it to each voter in the town detailing the requests the Town has received and the recommendations the Committee has made.


  • George M. Crowell, Chair
  • Brandon Emery Pineo
  • Corey Soderlund
  • Peter Bermudez
  • Andrew Larkin Rhyne

T: (401) 635–4400

Conservation Commission
The Conservation Commission is a five member board appointed by the Town Council. 

The purpose of the Commission shall be to promote and develop the natural resources, to protect the watershed resources, and to preserve the natural esthetic areas within the Town. To these ends the Commission shall conduct research into its local land areas and seek to coordinate the activities of unofficial bodies organized for similar purposes, and shall keep an index of all open spaces within the Town, publicly or privately owned. It may recommend to the Council and other Town bodies a program for the better use of the Town’s land and natural resources.


  • William Richmond
  • Anya Rader Wallack
  • Carol Trocki
  • Jonathan Babbitt
  • Don McNaughton LCACT representative 

Harbor Commission
The Harbor Commission shall be the local advisory body concerning the implementation of the Harbor Management Plan and related ordinances. The Harbor Commission consists of seven (7) members who are residents of Little Compton as follows:

  • Ben Gauthier, owner of a recreational boat kept on a mooring, or one who is on a waiting list for a mooring.
  • Chris Brady, representative of the Sakonnet Point Marina Association, Inc. and Sakonnet Point Club.
  • Gary Mataronas, Jr.,  commercial trip fisherman.
  • Gregory J. Mataronas, commercial day fisherman.
  • Ian Parente, officer of the local fishermen’s association.
  • Thomas Grimes, member of a town conservation organization.
  • Margaret Manning, representative of Sakonnet Yacht Club

T: (401) 635–4400

Hazard Mitigation & Flood Management Advisory Committee
The Hazard Mitigation & Flood Management Advisory Committee is responsible for reviewing and updating the Hazard Mitigation Plan and the Flood Management Plan for the Town of Little Compton. 

Committee Members:             Fire Chief Richard G. Petrin, Chair
                                                  Carol A. Wordell, CMC, Town Clerk
                                                  Dean Simmons, Building Department
                                                  Denise M. Cosgrove, RITA, Tax Assessor
                                                  George Duarte, Sr., DPW Director
                                                  A. Michael Steers, Planning Board
                                                  Ben Gauthier, Harbor Commission
                                                  Jason Burchard, Tree Warden
                                                  Nelson Cabot, LC Agricultural Conservancy Trust
                                                  Michal Rocha, CERT Member
                                                  Abigail Brooks, Sakonnet Preservation Association
                                                  Amy Mooney, Director LC Community Center 

Little Compton Free Public Library 
Located in the Brownell Library
44 Commons PO Box 146. Little Compton RI 02837


Phone: (401) 635-8562
Fax: (401) 635-9120



  • Lucie DuHamel, Secretary
  • Jeffrey Kenyon
  • Nancy Osborn, Chair
  • Shirley J. Hardison
  • Ann Grimes

Little Compton Housing Trust

The Housing Trust conducted a survey to gather opinions and comments on housing needs in Little Compton.  A presentation was made to the Housing Trust and additionally to the Town Council.  Click here to view the presentation slides.  Additional documents produced during the survey and data gathering process:
LC Housing Trust Survey 2021-2022
LC Final Report submitted by HousingWorks
LC Interviews Summary Report (HousingWorks)

Concerns by Tenure
Concerns by Yrs in LC
Concerns by Ranked all
Concerns by Age

According to the 2005 LC Comprehensive Plan:  the LCHT's mission shall be to advocate the creation and maintenance of affordable housing in accordance with this plan.  The responsibilities of the LCHT will include, but not necessarily be limited, to apply for and receive state and federal grant money, contract with housing agencies such as Rhode Island Housing and Church Community Housing, contract for consultant services (but not necessarily staff), recommend to the Town Council property tax abatements for low and moderate income households, generally oversee the implementation of this Affordable Housing Plan, and monitor long term affordability.

In general, affordable means housing for which occupants are paying no more than 30% of income for housing costs including utilities.  For more information:  HousingWorksRI 

The Little Compton Housing Trust is a nonprofit corporation which serves as an advocacy group for any person or group desiring to address the problem of housing affordability or housing for the elderly, those with special needs and families of low and moderate income. The trust:

  • Oversees implementation of the Town’s Affordable Housing Plan
  • Monitors long term housing affordability for the Town
  • And serves as an advisor to the Town Council

The Trust is funded by a portion of the town's building permit fees, federal and state grants, gifts and bequests from individuals and corporations.


  • Patrick Bowen (President)
  • Andrew Iriarte-Moore (Treasurer and Liaison of the Town Council)
  • Isabel Mattia (Secretary)
  • Susan Bodington
  • Claudia McNeil
  • Amanda Nickerson Toste
  • Myles Arkins

How to support our work: 

An investment in housing affordability is an investment in a long term, multigenerational community. Support your community by giving the gift of “home.” 

- Initiate a project or list a rental:
Do you have property or a rental that you think might be a good fit for affordable housing for low to moderate income residents, seniors, or other populations in our community? Reach out to us! We’d love to talk. 

- Make a monetary donation:
The Housing Trust is a non-profit organization, but not a 501(c)(3), donations are not deemed to be tax deductible.  Checks can be made payable to Little Compton Housing Trust and mailed to:
Little Compton Housing Trust, 40 Commons, PO Box 226, Little Compton, RI 02837   

- Consider us when selling:
depending on the property, we may be able to purchase or to help facilitate purchases of properties for the purpose of long term affordability. Please reach out to us if you are selling and wish to consider affordable housing as a possible outcome of all or part of your property for sale. 

- Donate land or a home:
We graciously receive gifts of property for the purpose of long term housing affordability. You may wish to subdivide and donate a portion of land before making a sale. You may also wish to consider including us in your estate planning, by leaving us a gift of land, a home, or a building that could be repurposed into a home.


Meetings are the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6pm the Grange Hall (Also known as “the old police station”) 32 commons. The public is always welcome to join our meetings
Please check for meeting postings, agendas, and minutes 


The Little Compton Housing Trust has contracted with HousingWorksRI to study the needs and opportunities for affordable housing in our community. An important part of this study is YOUR INPUT

PLEASE CLICK HERE to access our survey

Planning Board
The Planning Board fulfills several functions assigned to it by State Law and the Town Charter. These duties include:

  • Advising the Council on all matters concerning the growth and development of the Town including the effects of that growth on the health, safety and welfare of the inhabitants,
  • Playing a role in long range capital planning and the preparation of the Town capital budget as the Council may direct,
  • Submitting recommendations on all matters referred to it relating to the Town zoning ordinance, land subdivision and proposals for development in the Town as requested by the Council,
  • Authority to approve administrative sub-divisions, minor sub-divisions, major sub-division, or surveys of property located within the jurisdiction of Little Compton for recording in the land evidence records. Application Fees

The Planning Board is a nine member board appointed by the Town Council.


  • A. Michael Steers, Chair
  • Jack Haire
  • David Beauchemin
  • Edward H. Bowen III
  • Salvatore Marinosci
  • Robert Murphy
  • Robert Torchia
  • Mary W. C. Suttell
  • Virginia King Greenwood

Recreation Committee
The responsibility of the Recreation Committee is to update, maintain and implement the Town’s plan for the interrelated development of recreation areas. This committee also has oversight over the scheduling and conduct of appropriate activities in the Auditorium-Gymnasium of the school when the facility is not used for school purposes.


  • Richard Ross, Planning Board representative
  • David Mackintosh
  • Edward Maiato
  • William Ryan, Beach Commission representative
  • Michelle Stecker
  • David MacGregor, Chair
  • Michael Rocha, School Committee representative

Zoning Board of Review
The Zoning Board of Review fulfills several functions assigned to it by State Law. These duties include:

  • To authorize, upon application, in specific cases of hardship, variances in the application of the terms of the zoning ordinance;
  • To authorize, upon application, in specific cases, special-use permits when the zoning board of review is designated as a permit authority for special-use permits;
  • To refer matters to the planning board or commission, or to other boards or agencies of the town as the zoning board of review may deem appropriate, for findings and recommendations;
  • To issue conditional zoning approvals where a proposed application would otherwise be approved except that one or more state or federal agency approvals which are necessary are pending.

The Zoning Board of Review is a five member board appointed by the Town Council. Each member serves a five year term and the terms are staggered so that one term expires each year. The Board also has three alternates that serve five year terms. Alternates sit and participate in meetings, but only vote if another member is not present or voting.
Regular Meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month in the Town Council Chambers at 7:00 p.m. on the 2nd Floor of the Town Hall.
Please contact the Town Clerk’s Office to correspond with the Zoning Board.


  • Frederick G. Buhrendorf, Jr.
  • Stetson W. Eddy 
  • Herbert A. Case, Chairman
  • William Ryan
  • Charles G. Hall, III
  • 1st Alternate – Mikel Folcarelli
  • 2nd Alternate – Nadine Flowers
  • 3rd Alternate - Jonathan Babbitt

Town Hall
40 Commons; P.O. Box 226
Little Compton, RI 02837
T: (401) 635–4400

Probate Court

Probate Court Sessions for the Town of Little Compton are held at 3:00 pm on the third Monday of each month.  For the months of January and February please note January will be held January 18th at 3 pm and February will be held February 22nd at 3 pm due to the Holiday's falling on the Monday.  Advertising as of February 1, 2023 will be $52.50 for each set published.
For more information contact the Town Clerk’s Office at (401) 635–4400     Probate rules of procedure
Judge Richard P. D'Addario
Town Hall
40 Commons; P.O. Box 226
Little Compton, RI 02837

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