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Comprehensive Plan Update

Every decade, Providence updates its Comprehensive Plan (or “Comp Plan”), which is a framework document that guides growth and development in the City over the next 20 years. 

The Plan outlines goals and strategies in a range of topic areas, such as housing, transportation, land use, outdoor recreation, and economic development. It informs all other planning efforts of the City of Providence. The Plan is updated with input from a robust community engagement process, and is ultimately approved by the Providence City Plan Commission, Providence City Council, and the Rhode Island Division of Planning.

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Comprehensive Plan 101

Providence Comprehensive Plan Update
What is the Comprehensive Plan?
As outlined above, the “Comp Plan” is a guiding document for policy and decision making that sets the stage for the City’s growth and development

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The Providence Waterfront
How does the Comprehensive Plan affect my life?
The Comp Plan identifies a shared vision and sets goals and recommendations in a number of topic areas to achieve that vision. Topics addressed in

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Comprehensive Plan Diagram
How can I help craft the framework for Providence’s future?
The Department of Planning & Development is leading a multi-phased engagement process that will facilitate community input into

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Read Providence’s current Comprehensive Plan

Providence Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow

Person playing the trombone at a festival in Providence

How is Providence Changing?
Over the last decade, Providence has changed in a number of ways. From 2010 to 2020, Providence grew to a population of 190,934 (+7.3%), and became

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Providence neighborhood snapshots chart

Learn more about Providence’s neighborhoods!
Check out the Neighborhood Snapshots webpage to find the latest demographic, economic, health and other data about your neighborhood and how it compares to others in Providence!

Aerial View of Construction in Providence

What are some opportunity areas that an updated Comprehensive Plan could address?
Updating the Comprehensive Plan is an opportunity to ensure that Providence’s future

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