On behalf of the Rhode Island Statewide Planning Program and its partners, Grow Smart RI invites you to a series of workshops for the Metro Region to help map and identify potential activity or "growth centers" throughout the state. The purpose of these workshops is to get input on where communities want to partner to shape places that are good for people and business.
Please mark your calendar for September 12th, October 10th, November 14th and January 16th.
Click on the RSVP links below to see who's planning to attend.
Rhode Island residents have an opportunity to shape the state's future through RhodeMap RI, a project that began in early 2013 through a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development to the RI Division of Planning. Over the next two years, the state in collaboration with the public and community leaders will seek answers to basic questions about what we want for Rhode Island. More on this at RhodeMapRI.org.
One of the major outcomes of this planning process, on top of new Economic Development and Housing plans for the state, will be a strategy for identifying and promoting areas where Rhode Island should grow - places in the state that already have a core of residential and commercial development or are well suited to planned, future development; they are the places that will accommodate and nurture Rhode Island's future growth while protecting its natural and cultural resources.
We are helping to organize a series of four workshops in the Metro Region (other regional workshops will be taking place concurrently throughout the state. We are seeking participants from each community at these workshops, including planning staff, planning and zoning board members, conservation advocates, livability/walkability advocates, elected leaders and other interested groups and individuals. For those unable to attend these workshops, you will also have the opportunity to review all maps through an on-line GIS tool that can be viewed in any internet browser.
Thank you for your consideration. We hope you can help in setting the course for future growth and conservation in the Metro Region and the state as a whole.