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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
Looking for older materials? Try the Planning Resource Library
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.
- Guidance Handbook No. 1 – The Comprehensive Plan 101
describes what a comprehensive plan is, why it is important and what it consists of.
- Guidance Handbook No. 2 – Planning for Natural Resources
- Guidance Handbook No. 3 – Planning for Recreation
- Guidance Handbook No. 4 – Planning for Historic and Cultural Resources
- Guidance Handbook No. 5 – Planning for Housing
- Guidance Handbook No. 6 – Planning for Economic Development
- Guidance Handbook No. 7 – Planning for Agriculture
- Guidance Handbook No. 8 – Planning for Services and Facilities
- Guidance Handbook No. 9 – Planning for Energy
- Guidance Handbook No. 10 – Planning for Water Supply
- Guidance Handbook No. 11 – Planning for Transportation
- Guidance Handbook No. 12 – Planning for Natural Hazards and Climate Change
- Guidance Handbook No. 13 – Planning for Land Use
- Guidance Handbook No. 14 – The Implementation Program
- Guidance Handbook No. 15 – Mapping for Comprehensive Plans - GIS layer files
provides information relative to the comprehensive plan’s required maps.
- Guidance Handbook No. 16 – The Comprehensive Planning Process
discusses the process of crafting a comprehensive plan, including who should be involved and what steps to undertake.
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.