What are we hearing so far?
At the February 2024 Providence City Plan Commission (CPC) meeting, Department of Planning and Development staff kicked off public discussion on the forthcoming draft Comprehensive Plan Update with a presentation on the draft ‘Growth Strategy’ map.
This map is the product of extensive analysis and public input, and aims to visualize and inform the future land use strategy of the new plan.
The presentation slides are available here. A Spanish translation of the slide deck and video of the presentation will be uploaded shortly.
Additional policy proposals will be unveiled at the March City Plan Commission meeting. This Spring, a full draft plan will be published and a series of neighborhood feedback events will be held, as well as an official public hearing at the CPC. Details to be announced.
Engagement Process – Summary Report
At the December 2023 Providence City Plan Commission meeting, Department of Planning and Development staff gave a presentation summarizing the PVD Comprehensive Plan community engagement process thus far, its key findings, and emerging policy directions.
See the presentation slides below (in English or Spanish) and view a recording of the presentation here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACFNxRaqrVs&t=1889s)
Of course, the PVD Comprehensive Plan update is not starting from scratch! We are hearing from and talking to residents all the time.
Since Providence’s last Comprehensive Plan was passed in 2014, several community engagement efforts have also been conducted to inform initiatives like the Comprehensive Housing Strategy, North Main Street Revitalization Study, PVDx2031 Cultural Plan, Climate Justice Plan and Woonasquatucket Vision Plan – all of which will also inform the PVD Comprehensive Plan update!
In Summer and Fall 2022, the Department of Planning and Development began engaging community members about the Comprehensive Plan update with the goal of building awareness and identifying key issues and opportunities to explore in future phases of public participation.
This “Listen & Learn” phase included tabling at 11 community events, presentations at 10 neighborhood meetings, and soliciting more than 1,000 responses to an introductory community survey. Here are a few key findings from our Listen & Learn engagement:
A report summarizing the next iteration of community engagement conducted in 2023 will be shared here soon!