Smart Growth e-Briefs
News and Tools for People Shaping Our Communities August 2006

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Post Summit Survey

Following the Power of Place Summit, we surveyed the nearly 500 participants - planners, architects, state and local officials, business leaders and citizens - asking what they think about Land-Use 2025, what it offers their communities as well as their priorities for implementation. The results below reflect all completed responses and represent approximately 20% of Summit attendees.

Complete Survey Results

Sample Highlights

  • Respondents identified a strategy of targeted state investments to urban, town and village centers as the single most important of nine strategies listed for influencing smarter growth.

  • What do you think are the most important ways that RI's new Land-Use Plan can make a difference in your community?

  • If you were designing a plan to promote the smart growth concepts contained in Land Use 2025 in your community, what issues/messages would you emphasize?

Workshop Session Notes

With the help of several volunteers from the Statewide Planning Division, we have assembled notes from each of the workshop sessions held during The Power of Place Summit. In some cases, there were two note-takers and therefore two sets of notes.

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You're among the 3,017 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.

  • 'Village Zoning' gets attention of towns,     developers
  • Municipal leaders are embracing 'Village Zoning' to boost economic development and housing affordability, as well as to curb traffic and sprawl

    The town of Exeter is the latest Rhode Island municipality to adopt a 'Village Zoning' ordinance allowing a mix of residential and commerical uses in a single district. It may have helped that a developer was already interested (read more). Compact village development is a concept that occurred by natural market forces in most of America's historic neighborhoods before modern zoning prohibited the practice in all but a few communities after World War II.

    The towns of Lincoln (read more) and Westerly (read more) are also considering similar ordinances, while Burrillville is now implementing one that it adopted in 2004 to revitalize once thriving parts of town that were left behind in the aftermath of suburban sprawl.

    The State's recently adopted plan for growth and development, Land-Use 2025, calls for revamping outdated municipal ordinances that effectively promote sprawl through single-use lot zoning. "It's definitely something we applaud.", said Grow Smart Executive Director Scott Wolf. "The encouragement of mixed-use, walkable development is critical to enhancing the quality of place and expanding economic opportunities for Rhode Islanders."

    Read the article in Providence Business News

    Click here to view a 3-minute NBC 10 interview with PBN Editor Mark Murphy

  • Land-Use 2025 Update:
  • Grow Smart kicks off Task Force to help set standards for measuring the implementation progress and intended outcomes of Rhode Island's new land-use plan.

    Committed to ensuring that Land-Use 2025 doesn't become just another good plan on a shelf, Grow Smart has named a Task Force to help vet a mechanism for measuring the progress and benefits of the plan's implementation at both the state and local level. After an open nomination process, the following members held the first meeting on Wednesday, August 23, 2006:

    Edgar Adams, Associate Professor, Roger Williams University

    Annette Bourne, Technical Assistance Coordinator, RI Housing
    Patrick Barosh, Member, Bristol Conservation Commission
    Bob Billington, Exec. Dir., Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, Inc.
    Garry Bliss, Dir. of Policy and Legislative Affairs, City of Providence
    Ken Buckland, Associate Principal, The Cecil Group, Inc.
    Beth Collins, Director of Research, RI Economic Policy Council
    Ken Conte, Associate, Beals & Thomas, Inc.
    Frederick Dallinger, Realtor
    Tina Dolen, Exec. Dir., Aquidneck Island Planning Commission
    Michael Doherty, Research Mgr., RI Economic Devel. Corp.
    Ken Filarski, Filarski Architecture Planning Research
    Patricia Fontes, Member, Hopkinton Conservation Commission
    Kevin M. Flynn, Associate Director, RI Division of Planning
    Cynthia Langlykke, E.D., Gtr. Elmwood Neighborhood Services
    Robert Leaver, Principal, New Commons
    Rebeka Mazzone, CPA, Accounting Management Solutions, Inc.
    Scott Millar, Chief, Sustainable Watersheds, RIDEM
    Beverly O’Keefe, Supervising Planner, RI Water Resources Board
    Michael Saul, Exec. Dir., The Urban Revitalization Fund of RI
    Dr. Peter Simon, Assistant Medical Dir., RI Dept. of Health
    Jonathan Stabach, Project Manager, VHB
    Chet Smolski, Retired Professor of Geography
    Beth Vetter, Chairperson, North Providence Land Trust
    Richard Youngken, Board of Advisors, National Trust for Historic Preservation

    It is expected that the Task Force will complete its work and release the measurement tool by November, 2006. Stay tuned for further details.

  • Grow Smart thanks first & second quarter
  • dancing 
dollar Corporations

    Bank of America *
    Bank Rhode Island
    Durkee Brown Viveiros Werenfels
    Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP
    E. W. Burman, Inc.
    Heritage Consulting Group, Inc.
    Moses Afonso Jackvony, LTD.
    Nixon Peabody LLP
    National Grid #
    O'Hearne Associates
    RSC ARC Inc.
    Textron Charitable Trust
    The Washington Trust Company
    Tru-Kay Manufacturing Company


    Edgar George Adams
    Leslie M & Frank Altman
    Edward & Barbara Arditte
    Noel Berg
    Daniel A. Baudouin
    J. Christopher & Lynn Benetti
    Paul Boghossian (Paul & Mary Boghossian Fund)
    Phyllis and Bert Brown
    Nicholas & Julia Califano
    Brenda Clement
    Anne & Peter S. Damon
    Kristin A. DeKuiper
    Stanley G. Dimock
    Joseph & Sarah Dowling
    Louise Durfee
    Louis Fazzano
    Barbara Fields
    Charles T. Francis
    Wilfrid L. Gates Jr.
    Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Grossman
    Abbott & Sarah Gleason
    Jay & Elizabeth Gowell
    David Karoff & Barbara Hunger
    Lester & Linda Keats
    Howard Kilguss
    Marie Langlois
    James H. Leach family
    Stephen & Diana Lewinstein
    John & Sara McConnell
    Walter McLaughlin
    Arthur & Martha Milot
    Dorothy Nelson
    Robert H. Rohm
    Mike Salvadore
    Richard & Nancy Scharnter
    Edwin & Martha Sherman
    Chester & Theresa Smolski
    Barci Thaler
    Elizabeth Debs & Stephen Turner
    James & Marilyn Winoker
    Sheldon & Sandra Whitehouse
    Myrth York (Otto H. York Foundation)


    The Haffenreffer Family Fund
    The Rhode Island Foundation

    Nonprofit / Government

    Brown University
    Planned Giving Council of RI
    Rhode Island Builders Association *
    Rhode Island Housing *
    RI Dept. of Admin. and Statewide Planning *
    RI Dept. of Environmental Management *
    RI Dept. of Health *
    Tiverton Land Trust, Inc.
    University of Southern Maine

    * Power of Place Summit sponsors
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  • Legislative and Policy Wrap-Up 2006
  • Grow Smart presents the following summary of legislative and/or policy efforts relating to growth and development issues from the 2006 legislative season. Click on the links below to learn more about what happened.

    Economic Development

       - Brownfields
       - MED Zone

    Open Space



       - RIPTA

    Eminent Domain

  • Smart Growth nominations sought for    award program
  • The RI Chapter of the American Planning Association is seeking nominations for its 2006 Awards Program, which recognizes outstanding planning achievements over the past year in Rhode Island.

    Awards will be announced at APA’s New England Regional Conference on September 28/29, 2006 and selected awardees will be honored as invited guests at RIAPA’s Annual Awards Dinner in early 2007. Among the award categories is SMART GROWTH & NEW URBANISM, which recognizes a plan, community program, or design that successfully embodies mixed- use or adaptive re-use in a manner that promotes good urban design, strengthens neighborhoods, reduces sprawl, and/or promotes public health.

    Nomination deadline is Friday, September 8, 2006. Click HERE for further information.

  • 12 neighborhood groups in RI awarded    $18,000 in regional environmental grants
  • Groups in Charlestown (1), Jamestown (1), Johnston (1), Little Compton (1), North Smithfield (1) and Providence (6) net funds to improve their communities

    The New England Grassroots Environment Fund (NEGEF) is a small grants program designed to foster and give voice to grassroots environmental initiatives in the six New England states. It provides grants of up to $2,500 to fuel civic engagement, local activism, and social change.

    NEGEF funds community involvement in projects that address a wide range of environmental issues including: agriculture, air quality, alternative energy, aquifer protection, biotechnology, community gardens, environmental justice, energy conservation, forestry, global warming, land trusts, marine environment, public health, sprawl, sustainable communities, toxics and hazardous waste, trails, water quality, watershed management, wetlands, wildlife, and youth-organized environmental work.

    Read about the projects that were funded in Rhode Island and the groups that were awarded grants. Applications are now being accepted for a new round of grants. Deadline is Friday, September 15, 2006. Click HERE for more information.

  • Leadership programs seek new recruits
  • Two area leadership programs announce an open application period for their 2006-2007 classes. The deadline for applying to Leadership Blackstone Valley (LBV) is Friday, 9/22, with the program beginning 10/19/06. The deadline for applying to Leadership Rhode Island (LRI) is Friday, 9/29/06, with its program beginning 1/4/07.

    Both programs are operated as part of an education foundation whose mission is to provide leaders and emerging leaders with knowledge and access to resources which will enable them to positively affect their communities.

    LBV is managed by the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation in partnership with the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Commission, the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, and the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce, with funding from the Rhode Island Foundation. LRI is an independent 501 (c)(3) nonprofit educational foundation in partnership with the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce.

    Click HERE for an LBV application.

    Click HERE for an LRI application.

  • September 27-29, 2006

    Southern New England Regional Planning Conference
    Sponsored by the State chapters of the American Planning Association: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island
    New Haven, CT

    Saturday, September 30, 2006

    Teams will paddle sections of the Blackstone Canal along a new course for 2006. Registration fee required.
    Worcester, MA to Lincoln, RI

    October 19-21, 2006

    PLACEMATTERS06 is the annual gathering of the PLACEMATTERS community, where a national network of practitioners come together to learn, share, inspire and seed innovation in place, collectively elevating the art and science of planning for vibrant, sustainable communities.
    Denver, CO

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