Lincoln C. Almond (R)
for the amount of protected land in Rhode Island, and click here
to review Rhode Island's federal transportation spending.
Center on the States &
Changing Direction: Federal Transportation
Spending in the 1990s. Surface
Transportation Policy Project
For an overview of Rhode Island planning and
zoning statutes, see a summary provided by the American
Rhode Island Comprehensive Planning and Land
Use Act (R.I. General Laws 45-22.1, 1988). The law requires every city
and town to adopt a local comprehensive master plan. Each local comprehensive
plan must contain nine elements:
State government is given the authority to review
the local plan and may reject plans which do not meet the requirements
of the Act. State officials check for compliance with the statute and with
the State Guide Plan, a collection of state goals and policies. (See below).
If a plan is turned down, local officials may request a review by the Comprehensive
Plan Appeals Board.
Goals and policies
Land use (with a map)
Housing (including affordable housing)
Natural and cultural resources
Services and facilities
Open space and recreation
Communities may add other elements, such as harbor
management plans for coastal towns.
Following adoption for the plan, the municipality
is required to bring its zoning ordinance into conformance with the plan.
This provision, which is not included in some other state growth management
laws, is intended to provide teeth to the approved plans. In addition,
the approved plan must be consulted for all state projects. The state planning
council may approve a project that conflicts with a plan, but only after
a public hearing, and only after finding that the project satisfies four
strict criteria contained in the state planning act.
Statewide Planning Program: The State Guide Plan
The comprehensive statewide guide is comprised
of plans dealing with state planning issue related to: land use, physical
development, environmental concerns, economic development and preservation.
Planning Program One Capitol Hill, Providence, RI 02908-5870,
Phone 401-222-1220 Fax 401-222-2083; Web link http://www.athena.state.ri.us/planning/
-- S 0356
5789A The Urban Investment Tax Credit Act of 1999. Introduced
in the Senate by Rhoda Perry (D-Prov.) and in the House by Paul Moura (D-Prov.),
the purpose of the urban investment tax credit is to stimulate investment
in urban areas for both homeownership and improvement of rental and commercial
property. This act would create the Urban Investment Tax Credit Act of
1999. This act would take effect on July 1, 1999. For the status of S.
0356 see http://www.state.ri.us/BILLS/99-0356.HTM
99-5452An Act Relating to the Valuation of Farm, Forest and Open
Space. This Act would establish the Rhode Island Farm, Forest, and
Open Space Land Value. Subcommittee to establish procedures for the current
assessment of land on the basis of current use for farm, forest and open
space lands in order to promote a more uniform valuing. It provides for
the make-up of the committee including but not limited to length of terms.
Town of East Greenwich v. Narragansett Bay
This Rhode Island Supreme Court decision in 1974
said that community zoning ordinances must be consistent with the adopted
Grow Smart Rhode Island
Grow Smart Rhode Islandís mission is to bring
together diverse interests to protect and improve Rhode Islandís quality
of life, economic vitality, and environmental health and the unique physical
character created by the stateís historic cities, towns, and villages and
by its farms, forests and open spaces. This will be achieved by promoting
business and residential growth in urban and town centers and advancing
open-land conservation and the preservation of rural character. Contact:
Executive Director, Scott Wolf; 345 South Main Street, Providence, RI 02903;
Phone: (401) 273-5711; Fax: (401) 331-1659
The mission of Save The Bay is to ensure that
the environmental quality of Narragansett Bay and its watershed is restored
and protected from the harmful effects of human activity. Save The Bay
seeks carefully planned use of the Bay and its watershed to allow the natural
system to function normally and healthfully, both now and for the future.
Contact: Save The Bay, 434 Smith St., Providence, RI 02908; Phone: (401)
272-3540; Fax: (401) 273-7153
"Taking the Long View" by William J. Donovan,
6/2/99, Providence Journal.
"Rhode Island Gets it Right: The little state
with a big planning program," by Stuart Meck, AICP. Planning, November
1997. This insightful article discusses the pluses and minuses of Rhode
Islandís growth management act. Please contact the American Planning Association
at (312) 431-9100 for a reprint of the article.
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