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Categories and top three respective topics of primary importance to decision makers as expressed in a 2008 Needs Assessment conducted by the CTP and Grow Smart RI.

Please note that while the CTP and Grow Smart RI focus on many of the same issues and work together to deliver trainings and tools based on those topics, they also focus on different topics independently due to the specific goals and objectives of their programs. As a result, the CTP will not pursue training or tools development for some of the priority topics that are listed below; the priority topics that the CTP will focus on are displayed in red .


Water Resources

Reducing stormwater runoff/Low Impact Design (LID)

State and local water conservation strategies

Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (OWTS)


Natural Resources/ Habitat

Establishing Priorities for Municipal/Regional Open Space Protection

Management/stewardship of protected open space

Tax, liability, and insurance issues relating to protected open space


Climate Change and Sea Level Rise

Community adaptation strategies

Community Risk and Vulnerability

Hazard mitigation


Energy and Green Building

Green Building standards for new construction/ rehabilitation

Renewable energy technologies

LEED-ND Standards


Coastal Zone Management

Public access

Marina development and impacts

Beach and Marsh Shoreline Management


Smart Growth Tools/Strategies

Strategies to promote agricultural viability

Benefits of Smart Growth for Municipal Budgets

Conservation Development


Mixed Use Development

Creating Walkable Places

Financing and Marketability of Mixed Use Development

Design Strategies for Mixed-Use


Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Introduction to ArcGIS 9.3

Tools for Strategic Conservation Planning

Conservation Data Documentation


Community Planning

How to write legally defensible decisions

Land use review procedures

Legal responsibilities of municipal officials



Overview of Rhode Island Zoning Law

Impact of recent “takings” rulings on municipal authority

Zoning for mixed use


Economic Development

Economic development for small towns

Strengthening Main Street businesses



Understanding residential density

Best Practices in Affordable Housing Design

The Housing Development Process


Historic Preservation

Conducting historic district commission reviews

Understanding Secretary of Interior Standards

Historic Tax Credits



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