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Scituate Town


Scituate Town Hall is located at 195 Danielson Pike, North Scituate, RI 02857; phone: 401-647-2822.

Conceptually, Scituate may be divided into three parts - the Reservoir, the Villages and Rural Scituate. [1]

The Reservoir, including land and water areas owned by the City of Providence, covers over one-third of the Town. Although the Reservoir and its surroundings will change little in the future, its dominating presence in Scituate has significant implications for future land use.

Before the completion of the Reservoir in 1926, Scituate was comprised of a number of villages relating to a variety of mills originally established to take advantage of the water power offered by local streams. When the dust had cleared from Reservoir construction Scituate was reduced to the widely separated villages of North Scituate, Hope and Clayville. Today, these villages are virtually the only urbanized sections of Town. Each has strong historical associations and each has a unique identity and personality shaped by village residents. Fortunately, time has been kind to the villages; twentieth century intrusions have not radically altered their nineteenth century character.

Rural Scituate contains that portion of Town which will be most significantly impacted by the continuing outward growth of the Providence Metropolitan Area. Except for some areas near Hope and scattered business and manufacturing zones, Rural Scituate is zoned for three-acre single family housing development. As was pointed out in preliminary planning reports, three-acre zoning, does not assure protection of the rural character.

Scituate has a limited amount of land available for commercial and industrial development. The major concentrations of retail businesses are to be found in North Scituate Village and along Commercial Route 6 (Johnston town line to Danielson Pike). Commercial Route 6 has been identified as one of the Town's Significant Environments. Local sentiment calls for the incremental improvement of Commercial Route 6 as a more functional shopping area and an attractive gateway to Scituate.

The only significant manufacturing facility is the historic Hope Mill. Local residents endorsed mixed manufacturing and commercial uses but no housing in the mill.

  1. Town of Scituate, Rhode Island, Comprehensive Plan, 2004, www.scituateri.org, accessed June, 2015.
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