Division of Statewide Planning

The Division of Statewide Planning prepares and maintains plans for the physical, economic, and social development of the state; encourages their implementation; and coordinates the actions of state, local and federal agencies and private individuals within the framework of the state's development goals and policies. The basic charge is established by Sections 42-11-10 and 12 of the General Laws. The Statewide Planning Program consists of the State Planning Council and staff who specialize in land use, comprehensive planning, GIS, transportation and other related topics.

Statewide Planning, acting as staff to the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is recertified by the United States Department of Transportation every four (4) years. The last recertification took place in 2014. The recertification report is available below.


Unified Planning Work Program

The activities of Statewide Planning are guided by a Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP). The UPWP for fiscal year 2020 can be found here FY 2020 UPWP (pending approval). Statewide Planning prepares quarterly reports detailing the progress of activities contained in the UPWP.

Rhode Island Water Resources Board

The Rhode Island Water Resources Board is established by Chapter ยง46-15 of the RI General Laws. The General Assembly recognized that Rhode Island's water resources are among the state's most valuable-if not the most valuable-of all its natural resources.

The agency supports the proper development, protection, conservation and use of the state's water resources while providing for economic development and protection for the environment.