2016-02-18 / Opinion

Participate in Making Newport Better

To the Editor:

Rhode Island cities and towns have already – or are in the process of–updating their Comprehensive Community Land Use Plans. They are updated and adopted every 10 years; Newport’s plan dates from 2004.

I think you will agree that some things have changed since then and it could be time to freshen it up. New elements to plan for this decade include energy, natural hazards, and climate change.

A Comprehensive Land Use Plan embodies the goals and aspirations a community identifies for itself. It is a long view of what a community collectively aspires to achieve.

In Newport County, Middletown and Jamestown have already submitted their comp plan updates to the state, and they have been approved.

The initiative to update Newport’s plan is being led by the city’s Planning Division, with direction by the City Council. To view Newport’s current plan, and for more information about recommended content, review the information under the Statewide Planning tab at the Rhode Island Division of Planning’s website, planning.ri.gov.

Newporters have the opportunity right now to give input to the 20-year vision for our community. As this chance comes around every 10 years, I invite your readers to become informed about the process and attend a public meeting Tuesday, Feb. 23, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Pell Elementary School.

Take part in making Newport the best it can be. To learn more, visit NewportChartingOurCourse.com.

Kristie L. Gardiner

Chair Newport Energy and Environment Commission

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