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News and Tools for People Shaping our Communities April, 2006


Friday, May 12, 2006

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Dear John,

You're among the 2,710 civic leaders, state & local officials, development professionals, journalists and visionary citizens getting the latest news, happenings and trends in the smart growth movement from Grow Smart Rhode Island.

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  • It's Official - New State Land-Use Plan
       has been Adopted
  • Task ahead... how best to apply these planning principles at the local level

    By a unanimous, affirmative vote of the State Planning Council on Thursday, April 13th, the State of Rhode Island now has a new State Land-Use Plan to guide the growth and development of its 39 cities and towns over a 20-year horizon.

    Land Use 2025 lays out a set of goals, objectives and strategies to accommodate new growth while building upon existing assets, safeguarding the environment and strengthening economic competitiveness.

    To capitalize on this period of opportunity, Grow Smart, together with a broad coalition of sponsors, is convening hundreds of stakeholders for a straightforward and candid examination of what community leaders and practitioners can do to achieve the benefits of implementing Land Use 2025.

    The ‘Power of Place Summit’ will be geared to citizens serving on municipal boards and commissions (planning, zoning, conservation commissions, water, sewer, economic development, etc.), state officials, builders and developers as well as architects, landscape architects, engineers, consultants and nonprofit interest groups.

    The Summit will feature an impressive line-up of local and national experts speaking on a variety of topics likely to have a major impact on your community’s future well being: economic development, water availability, property tax reform, the future of public transit, growing traffic congestion, trends in the real estate market, open space protection and smart growth zoning, among others.

    Check out the complete agenda and list of speakers.

  • Summit Workshop, Video will address    Development Process
  • New Approaches to Building Consensus for Smart Growth Among Developers & Communities

    Participants in this workshop will view a video that explores an alternative approach to making land-use decisions based on proven consensus building strategies as opposed to the more conventional and too-often contentious project approval process.

    Through 3 New England case studies, the film demonstrates how this approach has worked to the benefit of residents, municipalities and developers. A panel discussion will follow the video.

    Panelists include:

    Dr. Jack Kartez, (Moderator) Associate Director, New England Environmental Finance Center

    Colin P. Kane, Principal, Peregrine Group, LLC
    William Haase, Director of Planning, Town of Westerly
    Dr. Caroly Shumway, Chairperson, Valley Alliance for Smart Growth, Blackstone Valley Rhode Island

  • Reserve Your Seat
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    • $10 per registration discount for registrations of five (5) or more (ideal for municipal councils, planning and zoning boards, conservation commissions, economic development, water, sewer commissions, etc.)
    • Registration fees include lunch and validated parking at the Rhode Island Convention Center Garage.
    • Members of the Media register for free.
    • Scholarships available on a limited basis
      (contact John Flaherty at 273-5711, Ext. 5)

  • Tuesday, April 25, (1:00p - 9:00p)

    Rhode Island Blue Ways - A statewide water trail network design workshop. Sponsored by RI Rivers Council.
    Slater Mill Museum, Pawtucket, RI

    May 2 - June 6, 2006

    Sponsored by The Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council, the Rhode Island Rivers Council, the Smithfield Land Trust and the Smithfield Conservation Commission.
    Smithfield, RI

  • Growth & Development in the News

  • Statewide





    East Greenwich

    Home values jump 52%



    Little Compton



    North Kingstown

    North Providence



    South County




    West Greenwich

    West Warwick


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