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RhodeMapRI – Land Use 2025


Rhode Island Rising: A Plan For People, Places, and Prosperity

Land Use 2025 Manual – State Guide Plan Element 121

Informational Links for #RhodeMapRI

They are changing the name to #RhodeIslandRising – still the same goals to take property rights away from cities and towns.

Rhode Island Rising – A Plan For People, Places, and Prosperity – http://www.planning.ri.gov/documents/Econdev/2015/RhodeIslandRisingFinal3_10_15.pdf

 This little-known plan is quietly being advanced through all levels of government in Rhode Island, under the guise of economic development.

1) It is not an economic development plan, but rather vaguely defined, cozily-worded goals based on a radical social-equity and extreme environmentalist agenda.

2) The rights of every property owner in our state – private and commercial – may be at risk

3) The sovereignty of locally-elected governments will be superseded by mandates from unelected bureaucrats in Washington, DC.

GrowSmartRI – Sustainable Economic Growth and Economy of Place

An Economic Development Plan by Rhode Islanders For Rhode Islanders

As a member of the RhodeMap RI Consortium that contributed to the development of the draft economic development plan, Grow Smart presents its perspective through this resource page.  The opinions expressed here are our own.

Watch 1.22.15 interview with Scott Wolf about RhodeMap RI on State of the State

Scott Wolf doesn’t mince words in defending the principles in the controversial RhodeMap RI state economic development plan (especially beginning at minute marker 15:15)

1-22-2015 RhodeMap RI: A Proponent’s Update from John Carlevale on Vimeo.

Letter: November 5, 2015 AFFH Letter from Minority Leader


Nov 5, 2015: RI House Minority Leader Newberry Warns Municipalities That Accepting Future Funding From HUD May Negate Local Zoning and May Result in Litigation.

Leader Newberry sent a letter to Town of Barrington Council President Speakman, explaining that, with the approval of a July 2015 AFFH rule, there is a real threat for municipalities accepting future HUD funds.  Newberry cites the HUD Secretary’s comment “…we won’t be afraid to use the enforcement authority of the department” when asked whether AFFH regulations support doing away with ‘land use laws at the local level’.

It has been PRARI’s premise that RhodeMap RI (subsequently named RI Rising), with its Livability Principles, is nothing more than a HUD plan for Sustainable Development that would ultimately lead to loss of local sovereignty as it relates to zoning laws.

 Article: July 29, 2015 Opinion: Mike Stenhouse: New HUD rules supersede local sovereignty in R.I. http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20150729/OPINION/150729293/2011

Video: Apr 11, 2015 RI Department of Planning Reports to the House Oversight Committee  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcmdPPBPZiI 

Published on Apr 11, 2015 Kevin Flynn is the Associate Director for the Rhode Island Department of Planning. He provided a briefing on the highlights of RhodeMap RI and was available for questions during and after his presentation. Please note that there were proponents and opponents to the plan in attendance. The creation of RhodeMap RI was born from a House bill to formulate an economic guide plan for the state of Rhode Island. Its intention soon webbed to include a heavy ‘social equity’ sticky string to further HUD’s intentions of growth centers.

Dec 12, 2014 RhodeMap RI Information: Debate on Dan Yorke’s State of Mind w/ Mike Stenhouse and Scott Wolf http://foxprovidence.com/2014/12/05/125-rhodemap-ri-debate-on-state-of-mind/

VIDEO: Gary Morse Presentation on RhodeMap RI presented by PRARI  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsNk470eUno&list=UUWu1xmyreJ9oFFmLmD0Bw9g

VIDEO: Property Rights Alliance of Rhode Island Informational Q&A on RhodeMap RI  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tnboSO-1LI&list=UUWu1xmyreJ9oFFmLmD0Bw9g

Analysis: RhodeMap RI would further weaken Ocean State’s struggling economy http://rifreedom.org/2014/11/analysis-rhodemap-ri-would-further-weaken-ocean-states-struggling-economy/

Link: to RhodeMap RI Maps http://rhodemap.maps.arcgis.com/home/index.html

Commentary: Gary Morse: State needs straight answers on RhodeMap RI http://www.providencejournal.com/opinion/commentary/20150210-gary-morse-state-needs-straight-answers-on-rhodemap-ri.ece

Article: HUD’s Power Grab: The Obama administration plots a wholesale federal intrusion into local housing policy  http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/hud-s-power-grab_759151.html?page=1

Article: RhodeMap RI: Dustbin of History or Way Station on the Long March? http://www.golocalprov.com/politics/rhodemap-ri-dustbin-of-history-or-way-station-on-the-long-march

STOP RhodeMap RI – Cumberland

Video: 2/11/15 Cumberland Rhode Island Town Council Regarding CDBG Money for Hope Global & RhodeMap RI  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R03J1thfY7I

Video: 1/28/15 Cumberland Rhode Island Town Council Meeting & Opposition to RhodeMap RI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cbkna91Zuz0

RI DEM Misleads Rhode Island on Farm Acquisition Plan, it is RhodeMapRI

Gaspee Project

Published on Aug 21, 2016
Hearing for the RI DEM on August 17th, 2016 on new program to acquire farm land in the Ocean State. Rhode Islanders deserve more than the broken status quo. Rhode Island Rep. Sherry Roberts fights back against RhodeMapRI while DEM State Planners are caught relaying misinformation to cover their attempts to push the RhodeMapRI / Land Use 2025 agenda in RI.

Exeter Town Council Voted To Withdraw Proposed Farm Ordinance Changes

The Exeter Town Council carried over an agenda item from a previous meeting held earlier in the month. A proposed ordinance change would placed additional restrictions on the fair use of farmlands. The Exeter Planning committee held an emergency meeting on September 12th to discuss the matter and suggested that the town council to withdraw or table the proposed ordinance change. Exeter Town Council voted unanimously to withdraw the motion to proceed on the ordinance change.

Many townsfolk turned out in attendance and spoke passionately against the plan along with Senator Elaine Morgan and Rep. Sherry Roberts.

Senator Elaine Morgan Addresses Farm Ordinance Change Before Exeter Town Council

Senator Elaine J. Morgan represents District 34 which covers Charlestown, Exeter, Hopkinton, Richmond and West Greenwich. Sen. Morgan attended the special meeting of the Exeter Town Council to address an left over agenda item from a previous meeting held earlier in the month. There was a proposed ordinance change that would have greatly hampered the farming community in Exeter. Passionate about protecting her constituents, she spoke about the dangers of the proposed changes taken from #RhodeMapRI which is the state guide plan.

Rep. Sherry Roberts Speaks Against RhodeMapRI Type Ordinance Before Exeter Town Council

Rep. Sherry Roberts serves the residents of District 29 which includes West Greenwich and Coventry but also serves as chair of the Republican Policy Group that monitors activities throughout Rhode Island. Rep. Roberts brought to the Exeter Town Council related materials to show how the state guide plan, called #RhodeMapRI, is used to assault personal property rights under the guise of development for all. She points out the group that advised the ordinance changes, Grow Smart RI, also served on the advisory committee that authored the final #RhodeMapRI document. Many, many townsfolk also came out and spoke passionately about their disgust of the constant attacks on the farming community.

Exeter Town Council Takes Public Input On Proposed Farm Ordinance Changes

Exeter town residents and farmers spent their time at a special council meeting on September 26th, 2017, to give public comment to the Exeter Town Council regarding proposed farm ordinances changes detrimental to their survival. The town council listened patiently to all those who had signed to speak however no questions were asked at this time. The Exeter Town Council took the recommendations of the Town Planning board to either table or withdraw the proposed ordinance change. The council voted to withdraw consideration. Please view the list below for speakers in this video and click on the timestamp next to the name for start of their testimony.



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