Grow Smart Rhode Island
Smart Growth e-Briefs
  Monthly Briefs from Grow Smart Rhode Island June 2003  

This Month

Urban & Town Center Conference Draws 200

Website Improvements Under Construction

Affordable Housing Debate Takes Center Stage

Land-Use Training Comes to Cranston, Johnston

Getting to Smart Growth: 100 Policies for Implementation

Is Your City or Town Building a New School?

Grow Smart RI Now Accepting Gifts On-Line

Urban & Town Center Conference Draws 200

Grow Smart's first-ever conference for the development community attracted 200 development professionals and community leaders focused on redeveloping urban and town centers throughout Rhode Island.

Revitalizing and Renewing Rhode Island: A Forum for the Development Community Highlighting New Opportunities and Tools for Urban & Town Center Redevelopment featured practical insights and successful case studies.

Bruce Katz, a Vice President and Senior Fellow with the Brookings Institution and the founding Director of the Brookings Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy was the keynote speaker.


Final Registration List

Katz Keynote Presentation

Complete Survey Results

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  • Website Improvements Under Construction
  •   Beginning July 1, visitors to Grow Smart's website will find a variety of new tools and information. Features will include the latest local and national news in the smart growth movement, legislative happenings, more tools, practical resources and case studies of successful smartgrowth initiatives. More to follow.

  • Affordable Housing Debate Takes Center Stage
  •   Several bills are in committee regarding affordable housing in Rhode Island. At issue is last year's amendment to the Low-Moderate Income Housing Act. The amendment added for-profit developers (building affordable for-sale units) to the entities eligible to submit proposals under a more streamlined comprehensive permitting process. A more detailed explanation of this complex topic can be found in the link below.

    View Background & Grow Smart's Position

  • Land-Use Training Comes to Cranston, Johnston
  •   Grow Smart Rhode Island's municipal traning program "Making Good Land-Use Decisions" is coming to Cranston and Johnston June 5, 10 & 17. The training program is designed for members of Town Councils, Planning Boards, Zoning Boards, Conservation Commissions and others with a role in municipal land- use decisions.

    To date, Grow Smart and partnering organizations have trained more than 240 officials in 23 communities. Advance registration is required. Find out how your community officials can sign up for future trainings.

    Email Sheila Brush, Program Director

  • Getting to Smart Growth: 100 Policies for Implementation
  •   This primer from the Smart Growth Network and International City/County Management Association (ICMA) serves as a roadmap for states and communities that have recognized the need for smart growth, but are unclear on how to achieve it.

    Download a copy now

  • Is Your City or Town Building a New School?
  •   The Rhode Island Department of Education amended its school siting guidelines for communities that wish to implement smart growth solutions. The amendment is consistent with recommendations from the Governor's Growth Planning Council of which Grow Smart Rhode Island is a participant. The result is that communities now have a nationally endorsed set of guidelines for siting schools where they can best serve the needs of a community.

    Click here to view the addendum

  • Grow Smart RI Now Accepting Gifts On-Line
  •   Grow Smart Rhode Island is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organzation. We depend on the tax-deductible support of foundations, corporations and individuals to carry out the important work of creating more livable communities throughout Rhode Island. If you would like to support the smartgrowth movement in Rhode Island, why not make a safe and tax-deductible on-line donation.

    Please consider a donation of $30, $50, $100, $500, $1000 or whatever is right for your budget. We'll send a written tax-deductible receipt for your records. Simply click on the credit card below. Thank you.

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    Scott Wolf - Executive Director

    Sheila Brush - Program Director

    John Flaherty - Director of Research & Public Information

    phone: 401-273-5711

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