Comprehensive Plan Re-Write
Based upon the requirements of RIGL 45-22.2 entitled “Rhode Island Comprehensive Planning and Land Use Act” (the Act), every municipality in Rhode Island is required to adopt a comprehensive plan for their community. The Town of North Kingstown last updated its comprehensive plan in 2008.
Some of the key features of the Act include:
- All municipalities are to prepare and adopt a single comprehensive plan that are to be updated and re-adopted not less than every ten years
- Each plan is to include certain standard content, and that forecasts, goals, and policies must be formulated looking at a minimum 20-year planning horizon
- Public input and comment is required during the comprehensive planning process
- Comprehensive plans are to serve as the foundation for municipal zoning
- Plans are to be reviewed by the State to assure they are consistent with the provisions of the Act
- State agencies are to conform their programs and projects to municipal plans that have State approval
The State of Rhode Island approval of the 2008 North Kingstown Comprehensive Plan (PDF) expired in 2013. The town must adopt a new re-write of the 2008 plan. This plan should establish the policies and initiatives that the town wishes to implement over the next 20 years. Planning staff envisions a comprehensive plan that is very concise with numerous maps, graphics and pictures. The goal is to create a plan that is easily read and highly utilized.
The North Kingstown Comprehensive Plan rewrite should clearly articulate the vision and goals of the community and provide the town with a roadmap for accomplishing these items. This comprehensive plan rewrite is a critical step towards establishing innovative and successful policies and practices that will guide North Kingstown to a sustainable future.
The town has hired a planning consultant, Interface Studio, to assist in the rewrite. The re-write of the comprehensive plan is a significant undertaking. Some of the baseline data collection efforts thave begun. Once the baseline data is collected, the public input process will begin. The proposed work schedule encompasses approximately 10 months.
The public participation component is a necessary and integral part of the re-write process. There will be significant involvement of Planning Staff in the public participation process. A public outreach and visioning process is necessary to insure public participation. This is a critical component as the plan needs to reflect a broad vision of the community’s future. This public input process will include the establishment of a steering committee to assist in the plan creation. This committee shall include representatives from across the community and local government.
There is an abundance of information that is available for review, analysis and incorporation into the comprehensive plan re-write process. We will post some of this information as it becomes available.
The report The Economic Impact of School-Age Population Loss on Rhode Island's Economy (PDF) is available. This report discusses the economic benefits to municipalities of having strong schools. It also has includes some local statistical information of interest.
Healthy Places by Design
In 2011 and 2012, the Town of North Kingstown partnered with the West Bay Family YMCA on a Healthy Places by Design effort funded by the Rhode Island Department of Health. This project was designed to strengthen land use, transportation and urban design policies and ordinances that guide the decision making process for the built environment to be more supportive of health, particularly as it relates to physical activity and healthy eating. The following documents are available for review: