Last night, Mayor Cicilline promised to conduct the process of creating neighborhood plans, a revised citywide Comprehensive Plan and, ultimately, revised Zoning Ordinance by engaging the public in a process of discussion, priority-setting and planning that will occupy at least the next year. He was speaking to an audience of neighborhood activists at the Public Safety Complex auditorium in response to their invitiation to lay out his proposed process for planning in each Providence neighborhood.
The Mayor will publicly announce his plan at a press conference today.
These long-awaited neighborhood plans will identify development and preservation priorities of residents and other stakeholders (such as institutions and businesses). The process outlined includes two citywide “charrettes” in the fall, with neighborhood planning beginning next January. The City’s Deputy Director of Planning and Development, Linda Painter, said that they would use a process called “Dynamic Planning.”