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3) The sovereignty of locally-elected governments will be superseded by mandates from unelected bureaucrats in Washington, DC.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