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Village Development in RI: A 'How To' for Planners, Developers, & Community Advocates

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 9:00 am to 12:30 pm

The Assembly Theatre, 26 East Avenue, Harrisville, RI

3.5 AICP CM credits offered

This workshop presented an overview of the new Rhode Island Village Guidance Manual developed by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management with funding from the Rhode Island Statewide Planning Program.

Planners, local officials, and others were provided with guidance on village planning and design, overcoming barriers to village development, ordinances to encourage village growth and lessons learned from successful villages in other states.

Speakers included the Manual's authors Peter Flinker from Dodson and Flinker and Nate Kelly from Horsley Witten Group. Tom Kravitz, Burrillville, RI Planning Director, talked about the lessons learned from the successful redevelopment of Harrisville. Other local planners shared their experiences in overcoming barriers to implementing village development in their communities.


The Need for Villages (Peter Flinker)

Villages as Part of the State’s Growth Center Strategy (Jeff Davis)

Overview of the Village Toolkit: Planning, Design & Consensus-Building Strategies & Local & National Case Studies (Peter Flinker)

Overview of the Village Toolkit: Regulatory Guidance (Nate Kelly)

Village Planning in Action Overcoming Barriers: Exeter (Scott Millar)

Village Planning in Action Overcoming Barriers: North Kingstown (Jon Reiner)

Trailer for Austin T. Levy PBS documentary (YouTube video)

Other materials


Speaker Biographies

Map of Harrisville

Attendee List

Village Guidance Manual

Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) Manual


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