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Providence seeks comments on proposed Re:Zoning through July 7th

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Wednesday evening Mayor Taveras and the Planning Department presented the final draft of the proposed rezoning plan for the City of Providence. The City is accepting comments on the plan through July 7th. After that it heads to the City Council for final approval.

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City Plan Commission Meeting – June 17, 2014

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014 – 4:45pm
444 Westminster Street, First Floor

Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of minutes from May 20th meeting – for action
  • Director’s Report

City Council Referral

1. Referral No. 3377 – Petition to abandon a portion of Broadway The petitioner is requesting to abandon a portion of the width of Broadway between Dave Gavitt Way and Greene Street adjacent to Plat 75 Lot 460 – for action

Institutional Master Plan

2. Amendment of Brown University’s Institutional Master Plan The applicant is seeking to amend the IMP to reflect the School of Engineering’s expansion, property acquisitions, rehabilitation of the South Street Power Station, changes to parking and improvements to Thayer Street – for action

Public Hearing

PROVIDENCE TOMORROW – The Comprehensive Plan 3. Referral No. 3377 – Changes to the Comprehensive Plan Changes proposed include technical changes based on comments received from statewide planning and changes to the future land use map. Public comment will be taken – for action

Re:Zoning Providence

4. Update on Re: Zoning Providence A review of the organization and content of the draft zoning ordinance – for discussion

Adjournment


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Re:Zoning Providence – Upcoming Public Meetings

From the Planning Department:


rezoning-providence-thumbCome view the proposed changes to the citywide Zoning Map at our open house on Tuesday, April 15th at 12:00pm or join us at one of our neighborhood meetings for a more in depth discussion of the proposed changes within each area of the City.


Open House: Citywide Zoning Map Changes
Tuesday, April 15, 12:00-1:30pm at the Joseph A. Doorley Municipal Building, 444 Westminster Street

Neighborhood meetings:

Upper South Providence, Lower South Providence, Elmwood,
South Elmwood, Washington Park Public Meeting

Tuesday, April 8, 5:30-7:30pm at the Southside Cultural Center, 393 Broad Street (Trinity Square)
(click here to view flyer and meeting agendapdf)
Olneyville, Smith Hill, Valley, Hartford, Silver Lake, Manton Public Meeting
Wednesday, April 9, 5:30-7:30pm at William D’Abate Elementary School, 60 Kossuth Street
(click here to view flyer and meeting agendapdf)

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PopUp Providence accepting applications for Year 2 projects

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‘Before I Die’ wall in Kennedy Plaza. Image from Before I die…

The 1st year of PopUp Providence is underway, and we are now accepting applications for year 2!!

In 2013, the Providence Redevelopment Agency dedicated $150,000 for the City’s first tactical urbanism program, PopUp Providence, to be allocated in $50,000 increments over a period of three years. For its inaugural year, the PRA coordinated with the City’s Planning Department and several community organizations to implement a variety of “demonstration” projects.

Visit the Planning Department’s website for more information.

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Re:Zoning Providence Public Meeting – March 4, 2014

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014 – 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Joseph A. Doorley Municipal Building, 444 Westminster Street, First Floor Cafeteria

Please join us as we discuss the key changes proposed in the draft of the new City of Providence Zoning Ordinance.

Come be a part of a comprehensive overhaul of the Zoning Ordinance, and help us reshape the future of development in Providence.

Public Meeting Agenda

  • Project overview by the City of Providence Department of Planning & Development followed by a presentation by the consultant team outlining the key changes proposed in the draft of the new City of Providence Zoning Ordinance
  • Question & Answer period
  • Open House – Department of Planning & Development staff and the consultant team will be available to talk with you about your issues and concerns.

RE:ZONING PROVIDENCE will help us better preserve, strengthen, and protect the historic pattern of development that is central to the character of our City, as well as to revitalize and further develop the areas of our City that can accommodate additional economic growth.

For more information, please visit the project website at RezoningProvidence.com.

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City Plan Commission Meeting – February 25, 2014

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014 – 4:45pm
444 Westminster Street, First Floor

Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of minutes from the January 21st meeting – for action
  • Approval of minutes from the January 28th meeting – for action
  • Director’s Report

Re: Zoning Providence

1. Update on Re: Zoning Providence Presentation detailing progress on the zoning ordinance revision process and proposed zoning changes developed by the project consultants – for discussion

Minor Land Development Project

2. Case No. 12-027MI – 66 Huber Avenue The project consists of a 40-unit apartment building. This matter was remanded from the Zoning Board of Review, sitting as an appeals board, for more specific findings of fact relating to conformance with the zoning ordinance – for action (AP 80 Lot 894, Manton)

City Council Referral

3. Referral 3373 – Petition to rezone 1710-1718 Westminster Street The applicant is requesting a rezoning of 1710-1718 Westminster Street (AP 35 Lots 219 and 220) from R-3 to M-1 – for action (AP 35 Lots 219 and 220, West End)

Adjournment


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City Plan Commission Meeting – January 28, 2014

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014 – 4:45pm
444 Westminster Street, First Floor

Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of minutes from the December 17th meeting – for action
  • Election of officers for the 2014 calendar year – for action
  • Director’s Report

City Council Referral

1. City Council Referral: Petition to amend the Providence Zoning Ordinance The petitioner is requesting that Article 3 and appendix A of the zoning ordinance – pertaining to certain dimensional and use regulations in W-3 and M-2 zones – be amended – for action

Major Land Development Project

2. Case No. 13-039MA – 48-54 Plainfield Street and 4-14 The applicant is seeking master plan approval to construct a free standing fast food restaurant with a drive through and a free standing retail department store on a vacant commercial lot. The applicant is seeking dimensional relief for front yard setbacks and a special use permit for a drive through use. A total of 56 parking spaces are proposed for the development, which measures approximately 64,295 SF – for action (AP 105 Lots
46, 47, 66, 98, 99, 100, Olneyville)

Re: Zoning Providence

3. Update on Re: Zoning Providence Presentation detailing progress on the zoning ordinance revision process and proposed zoning changes developed by the project consultants – for discussion

Adjournment


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Barry Schiller: State Rail Plan hearings, January 23, 2014

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Photo (cc) Providence Public Library

Barry Schiller, a retired Rhode Island College math professor, is a long-time member of the State Planning Council’s Transportation Advisory Committee. He also was on the RIPTA Board of Directors 1995-1999.

Here is a chance to give your opinion on any railroad related issue in Rhode Island. In response to Federal incentives, RI is developing a State Rail Plan for both passenger and freight services. A draft is available on-line at Planning.ri.govpdf. There will be public hearings on this draft on Thursday, January 23 at 10am and 6:30pm at the Department of Administration Building in Providence.

The draft plan starts with state railroad history, explains the process for developing the plan, notes related Federal programs and previous studies, and inventories the existing situation. The plan goes on to identify various desirable goals related to safety, security, infrastructure condition, reliability, service levels, coordination with other agencies, economic activity, congestion reduction, environment, and financial feasibility, but perhaps the heart of it is with Chapter 10 “Rhode Island Rail Investment Program” which suggests implementation plans over a 20 year timeframe.

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New England Bike-Walk Summit Providence: October 4, 2013

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2011 Summit, look closely, you might find me eating a cookie. Photo from East Coast Greenway.

I can barely believe that the New England Bike-Walk Summit is only a week away!

I wanted to share the current draft of the Summit programpdf, so you can see what kind of great stuff we have lined up this year. Once again, we have a great variety of sessions related to design, planning, engineering, advocacy, and more, presented by an array of talented and experienced professionals. Add to that a few terrific field sessions and the return of our popular poster session, and it promises to be a great and productive day. Oh, did I mention the amazing guest speakers that are coming? Several bike/walk rock stars, including the Presidents of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and the League of American Bicyclists, are headed to New England from DC to share their thoughts on active transportation and recreation in our region and the rest of the country.

Please register now!

p.s.: There’s lots of bike/walk/urbanism fun planned for that evening and all weekend in Providence – the Builders’ Ball (handbuilt bike show), Providence Cyclocross Festival (world-class bike races), Gran Fondo New England, WaterFire

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PBN: City again tackles rezoning

Providence will try again this year to drag its zoning code into the 21st century.

Like many other communities across the country, Rhode Island’s capital hopes to remove barriers to urban growth within its 1950s-era, land-use regulations and this month begins a citywide public process to rewrite them.

The last time Providence tried a comprehensive zoning rewrite, in the midst of a building boom in 2005, the effort met community resistance and was drastically scaled back.

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Re:Zoning Providence Public Meeting – September 10, 2013

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We want to hear from you! Come be a part of a comprehensive overhaul of the City of Providence Zoning Ordinance, and help us reshape the future of development in Providence.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
5:30 – 7:30pm
Joseph A. Doorley Building, 444 Westminster Street
First Floor Cafeteria

Re:Zoning Providence will help us better preserve, strengthen, and protect the historic pattern of development that is central to the character of our City, as well as to revitalize and further develop the areas of our City that can accommodate additional economic growth.

PUBLIC MEETING AGENDA:

  • Introduction to the project by the City of Providence Department of Planning & Development
  • Presentation by planning & zoning consultants that outlines a technical review of the current ordinance and potential approaches to the rezoning
  • Questions & Answers

For more information, please visit the project website at rezoningprovidence.com, or contact: Martina Haggerty, Project Manager for the City of Providence, at mhaggerty@providenceri.com, or 401.680.8528

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RhodeMap RI Forums – August 5-8, 2013

August is shaping up to be an exciting month for Rhode Island!

PrintRhode Island residents have an opportunity to shape the state’s future through RhodeMap RI, an initiative to develop a statewide, integrated plan to create a better place for all Rhode Islanders. The state, in collaboration with public and community leaders, is seeking answers to basic questions about what we want for Rhode Island. A series a regional forums kicks off next week, providing the public with a chance to talk about their ideas and personal experiences of living and working in the state.

Learn more about this exciting initiative and provide your input:

Northern RI
Woonsocket Depot • One Depot Square • Woonsocket
Monday, August 5

East Bay
Roger Williams University • Global Heritage Hall • One Old Ferry Road • Bristol
Tuesday, August 6

South County
University of RI • Memorial Student Union • 45 Upper College Road • Kingston
Wednesday, August 7

Providence Metro
East Providence Senior Center • 610 Waterman Avenue • East Providence
Thursday, August 8

No registration required; light refreshments will be available.

All Regional Forums run from 5-9pm

For more information contact Melanie Army, Supervising Planner at Rhode Island Division of Planning, or call 401-222-6183. Visit the Rhode Map RI website to learn more.

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City Plan Commission Meeting – April 23, 2013

Moar parkings pleaze!

Notice of Regular Meeting
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 – 4:45pm
Department of Planning and Development • 1st Floor Meeting Room
444 Westminster Street, Providence

Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of minutes from February 26, 2013 meeting – for action
  • Director’s Report – Updates on the Thayer Street study and revision of Citywide Zoning

Major Land Development Project

1. Case No. 13-006 MA – 2-100 Harris Ave. (Master Plan Approval) The applicant is proposing to develop the subject property, zoned D-2, into a parking lot providing approximately 737 parking spaces. The lot measures approximately 174,575 SF and the applicant is requesting master plan approval – for action (AP 19 Lot 38, Smith Hill)

This is the site of the former Fruit and Produce Warehouse.

See also: Fruit and Produce safety hazard (01/10/2008)
Yes, you can haz demo permit (01/14/2008)

City Council Referral

2. Referral 3362 – Petition for zone change from R-2 to M-1 at 230 Carolina Ave. Petition to rezone the property at 230 Carolina Ave from R-2 to M-1 – for action (AP 58 lots 704-724, 726 and 730, Washington Park)

Major Land Development Project

3. Case No. 13-011MA – 225 and 230 Carolina Ave. (Master Plan Approval) The applicant is proposing to develop the subject property into a parking lot providing approximately 107 parking spaces. The subject property is zoned R-2 and will provide parking for an industrial business to the north located in an M-1 zone. The combined area of all the lots is approximately 45,360 SF. The applicant will apply to change the zone of the subject property to M-1 and is requesting master plan approval – for action (AP 58 lots 704-724, 726 and 730, Washington Park)

Adjournment


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→ ecoRI News: New Providence Bike Plan Wants Safer Routes

This new bike plan, spearheaded by the city of Providence and Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc. (VHB), an engineering firm headquartered in Waltham, Mass., is being funded with a $33,000 challenge grant from the state Department of Transportation, and will guide the investment of future funding into the city’s bicycle network through a program of recommended short-, medium- and long-term capital improvements.

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Providence Bike Plan public workshop – December 13, 2012

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Allens Avenue, Photo (cc) Matthew Coolidge

Public Workshop: Bike Providence – A Bicycling Master Plan for Providence

Mayor Angel Taveras, the Providence Department of Planning and Development, the Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission, and consultants VHB, Inc. are working to expand the bicycle network in Providence. Please join us at the Providence Foundation on December 13th to provide your input.

WHERE: Commerce Center – Providence Foundation Auditorium
30 Exchange Terrace • Providence, Rhode Island
WHEN: Thursday, December 13th, 2012
5:00 p.m. Open House & Greeting
5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Presentation and Public Comment/Q&A

For more information, contact Dave Everett at (401) 680-8520

The website is live now:
Can’t attend, visit the project website after December 5th: http://www.vhb.com/bikeprovidence

Workshop Program will include:

  • Update of current Bike Network Phase I routes since 2006 implementation.
  • On-going projects for improvements to the bike network.
  • Outline of new bikeway design Standards & Guidelines – New Tools.
  • Identification of network gaps and network deficiencies.
  • Coordination with proposed City roadway resurfacing program.
  • Initial list of Phase II Bike Network improvements.
  • Rollout of project website and bike routing tracking smart phone app.
  • Opportunities for Education and Encouragement initiatives.
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Public comment on Northeast Corridor rail plan through Sept. 14th

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Federal Railroad Administration is running a planning program of future needs along the Northeast Corridor rail system and encourages public input:

Welcome to NEC FUTURE, a comprehensive planning effort to define, evaluate and prioritize future investments in the Northeast Corridor (NEC), launched by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in February 2012. FRA’s work will include new ideas and approaches to grow the region’s intercity, commuter and freight rail services and the completion of an environmental evaluation of proposed transportation alternatives.

The NEC, the rail transportation spine of the Northeast region, is a key component of the region’s transportation system and vital to its sustained economic growth. Today, the 457-mile NEC—anchored by Boston’s South Station in the north, New York’s Pennsylvania Station in the center, and Washington’s Union Station in the south—is one of the most heavily traveled rail corridors in the world.

Visit NEC Future to submit your comments.


See also: ProJo: Agency explores methods to expand rail service to D.C.

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195 Redevelopment District Commission Meeting – March 19, 2012

A meeting of the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission will be held at the offices of Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, 315 Iron Horse Way, Suite 101, Providence, Rhode Island, on MONDAY, March 19, 2012, beginning at 5:00 p.m., for the following purposes:

Public Session

  1. For Commission and project resource update.
  2. For discussion and consideration of planning activities and recommendations related to civil engineering and road/infrastructure construction.
  3. For discussion and consideration of planning activities and recommendations related to open space design and functionality.
  4. For discussion and consideration of planning activities relative to street light fixtures.
  5. For discussion and consideration of planning activities related to parcel blocking studies.
  6. For discussion and consideration of Executive Director search mechanics, plan development and next steps.
  7. For consideration of engagement of legal counsel for the District.
  8. Executive Session

  9. To consider and act upon such matters, indicated in agenda item 7, as may be considered at a meeting closed to the public pursuant to the Open Meetings Law, specifically matters permitted to be so considered under subsection (7) (investment of public funds) of Rhode Island General Laws, Section 42-46-5(a) (the Open Meetings Law).

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