2018 Comprehensive Plan Update

On January 12, 2015, the Town Council passed Resolution 14/15-113 which disbanded the Comprehensive Plan Citizens’ Advisory Committee (CPCAC) appointed on November 28, 2005 and established a new nine (9)-member CPCAC to review and update the 2010 Comprehensive Plan. The resolution also allowed the Planning Office to develop a Request for Quotation (RFQ) to hire a consultant to work with the CPCAC.

On February 9, 2015, the Town Council passed Resolution 14/15-122 which authorized the hiring of Mason & Associates, Inc. for $35,297.55 to assist the Town in revising the 2010 Comprehensive Plan to meet new requirements for municipal comprehensive planning enacted by the State of Rhode Island. During this same meeting, the Town Council also appointed the following citizens as members of the CPCAC:

Gail E. Mallard, Chair
Joseph T. MacAndrew, Vice Chair
Faith Bessette-Zito
Stuart G. Blackburn
Barbara J. Cardiff (resigned March 2016)
Julie Cardinal (resigned January 2016)
James J. Federico, III
Gina Fuller
Nancy Richmond
Zallee T. Rosso (resigned May 2015)

On December 7, 2015, the Town Council passed Resolution 15/16-88 amending the contract with Mason & Associates for an additional $95,250 (bringing the total to $130,547.55). The amendment was due to a substantial increase in the scope of work necessary to produce the update.

Through 2015 and 2016, Mason & Associates, Inc. worked with the CPCAC and municipal staff to facilitate public engagement, provide necessary mapping and complete the first draft of the update. This draft, which can be found here, was submitted to the Town on June 24, 2016. A copy was also submitted to the Rhode Island Statewide Planning Program (Statewide Planning) for the purpose of seeking initial comments from State agencies.

Following the submission of the draft, the CPCAC undertook a first-tier review and concluded its work in February 2018. The CPCAC’s revised draft, which can be found here, is now under a second-tier review by the Planning Board along with a draft Executive Summary.

As per the Rhode Island Comprehensive Planning and Land Use Act (RIGL 45-22.2), the Planning Board has the sole responsibility for performing all those acts necessary to prepare the Comprehensive Plan update for the Town. The Town Planner and the Assistant Solicitor for Planning and Zoning directly support the Board in the update.

The Planning Board began its review of the update in October 2017. As the second-tier review progresses, comments received from the CPCAC and Statewide Planning will be considered and incorporated into the update. The Board will then hold a Public Hearing before submitting its revised draft to the Town Council.

The Town Council will then conduct the third and final-tier review of the update, which will also involve a a second Public Hearing. Upon closing of the Public Hearing, the Town Council may then adopt the Comprehensive Plan update through an amendment to Chapter 10 of the Town’s Code of Ordinances. With this action, the Comprehensive Plan update would then be binding on all municipal land use decisions and would be submitted to Statewide Planning for State approval.

Audio Records of the CPCAC

  1. Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee 02-07-2018
  2. Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee 01-24-2018
  3. Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee 01-10-2018
  4. Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee 12-13-2017
  5. Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee 11-29-2017
  6. Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee 11-15-2017
  7. Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee 11-01-2017
  8. Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee 10-18-2017
  9. Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee 10-04-2017
  10. Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee 09-20-2017
  11. Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee 09-06-2017
  12. Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee 08-23-2017
  13. Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee 08-09-2017
  14. Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee 07-26-2017
  15. Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee 07-12-2017
  16. Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee 06-14-2017
  17. Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee 05-17-2017
  18. Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee 05-04-2017
  19. Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee 04-19-2017
  20. Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee 04-05-2017
  21. Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee 03-22-2017
  22. Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee 03-08-2017
  23. Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee 02-22-2017
  24. Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee 02-08-2017
  25. Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee 01-25-2017
  26. Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee 01-11-2017
  27. Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee 04-26-2016
  28. Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee 03-29-2016
  29. Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee 12-29-2016
  30. Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee 09-29-2016
  31. Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee 09-15-2016
  32. Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee 08-18-2016
  33. Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee 08-04-2016
  34. Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee 07-18-2016