A petition circling around asks the Newport Planning Board and Newport City Council to institute a zoning “moratorium on special use permits and regulatory variance for commercial properties in Newport, RI effective immediately – until better able to gauge the effects of the already-approved hotel builds on the infrastructure of the city”.

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It’s a busy time for hotel construction in Newport. Construction of The Brenton Hotel, a 57-room hotel, at 31 America’s Cup, and Hammet Wharf Hotel, a 84-room hotel at the former Newport Yachting Center, are currently underway and are expected to be complete in 2020.

150-room hotel, restaurant. banquet and wedding facility has been proposed on Waite’s Wharf.

Carpionato Group also recently announced plans for the Newport Grand property, which would include Hyatt Place (140 rooms) and Hyatt House (120 rooms).

The owners of Fifth Element have also have been given the green light by Newport Zoning Board to construct a 40-room hotel on Broadway.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).