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About Preserve Bristol

Our Accomplishments

Preserve Bristol is a pro-active community based organization concerned with the accelerated pace of Bristol's development and the need for managed growth.

Our mission is to maintain and protect the unique social, environmental and economic character of Bristol, Rhode Island to ensure the quality of life for its residents.

The group meets every third Thursday of the month. Community members are encouraged to attend. For more information on meetings times, locations, and how you can help, please contact us.

"Naysayers may ask, What difference does saving one train station or post office truly make in the future of America? My response is this: Preservation is not just about bricks and mortar, lintel and beam. It is about the quality of life, and the possibility of a bright future. Carl Sandburg expressed the danger of losing touch with our past when he said, 'If America forgets where she came from, if people lose sight of what brought them along, then will begin the rot and dissolution."
- Senator John H. Chafee (R-RI)

  • Initiated the first passing in New England of a Formula Business ordinance to preserve the unique local character of the downtown district.
  • Sponsored Stacy Mitchell, Senior Researcher from the Institute for Local Self Reliance, to speak at a forum at the Bristol State House
  • Wrote and presented a list of "Talking Points" of timely and critical local issues to the Town Council.
  • Purchased pertinent manuals and documents relative to Bristol's growth and development to inform and educate the public and our membership on relevant community issues.
  • Featured qualified speakers on timely Bristol issues at our monthly PRESERVE BRISTOL meetings including talks on Bristol's schools, the new library project, the 1982 Sasaki Bristol Plan, mill re-use planning, LNG issues, and civic engagement. Also, presentations were made by town officials from the departments of Zoning, Planning and Community Development.
  • Sponsored a PRESERVE BRISTOL delegate to American Planning Association Conference in Newport, RI. as a panelist on Formula Business.
  • Appointed a PRESERVE BRISTOL delegate to a commission to evaluate the best plan for the Robin Rug Mill complex
  • Built and will continue to maintain the PRESERVE BRISTOL website at
  • Continue to post frequent email updates as events and issues occur.
  • Remain vigilant in monitoring monthly meetings of the Town Council, Boards, and Commission.