RhodeMap RI to hold workshop in Blackstone Valley Jan. 8

RhodeMap RI to hold workshop in Blackstone Valley Jan. 8

NORTH SMITHFIELD - RhodeMap RI will hold an informational meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 8, at The Meadows at 2 Village Way from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

The gathering represents the final round of a four-part Great Places workshop series. This effort is just one part of the ongoing RhodeMap RI planning process, a comprehensive statewide planning strategy that also includes plans for housing and economic development. The Great Places work includes the identification, mapping and intersection of green resources, economic resources, and social resources.

Over the first three rounds, participants worked with a series of regional, city and town maps showing those areas of the state where growth and revitalization makes the most sense, based on the location of roads and other infrastructure and the need to protect important natural and cultural resources.

The purpose of the final round of workshops is to bring together the entire analysis to provide a comprehensive look at priorities for conservation and development across the state.

Participants in the workshops will also have an opportunity to weigh in on some preliminary results from the housing and economic development groups, and to get a first look at how everything is coming together.

The feedback from the workshops will be used to shape new state policies for economic development, housing, environmental protection, and land use as part of a broader, comprehensive statewide strategy.

The public can drop in any time to get information about RhodeMap RI throughout the duration of the workshop.

The Blackstone Valley session on Jan. 8 will include information and maps specific to the local communities of Cumberland, Lincoln, North Smithfield, Smithfield and Woonsocket.