Comprehensive Planning Materials

The Division of Planning is committed to assisting municipalities in crafting comprehensive plans that are effective at guiding local decision making and are an embodiment of the State’s goals and policies.  The Division has created the below materials to facilitate the comprehensive planning process.  If you have any questions about the materials, or would like to request a specific resource become available, please contact Kevin Nelson

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Informational Resources

Sometimes, the most effective way to communicate is with a short video, a graphic flyer or an infographic.  Feel free to use the below materials as necessary.  If you there is something specific that you’d like to see materials on, let us know.

Introduction to the Comprehensive Planning Standards and Guidance Handbook Series

Comprehensive Planning Guidance Handbook Series

The Comprehensive Planning Guidance Handbook Series is an accompaniment to the Rhode Island Comprehensive Planning Standards Manual, which sets forth the requirements for State approval of comprehensive plans.

The Division has compiled data fact sheets for all municipalities with the most recent available data for 2015.


Mapping for Comprehensive Plans

The Division has created GIS layer files to assist municipalities in complying with the Comprehensive Planning Standards related to mapping.  To download the files, view directions on using the files and for necessary query text, go to the GIS Layers page for all instructions.