The Coastal Resources Management Program, or the CRMP, are regulations that govern all land use activities which occur within 200 feet of the Rhode Island coastline. The Coastal Resources Management Council, or the CRMC, is the state agency responsible for the administration of these regulations.
A unique element of these rules revolves around what the CRMP considers "the shoreline". The CRMP defines a variety of shoreline features which serve as the point from which their 200 foot jurisdictional limit is measured. Contrary to popular belief, the shoreline feature on any individual lot is rarely the high-tide mark of the ocean or coastal waterbody. Establishing the shoreline feature, or what is more commonly referred to as the coastal feature, is an integral part of any new development or the redevelopment of an existing waterfront property.