Edgar Adams and graduate Architecture student Brian Boivert presented the results of their yearlong research project at GrowSmart RI’s Power of Place Summit on May 11, 2012. Working with GrowSmart RI, Statewide Planning and the RI Housing Network, they developed a 3 session program to highlight the critical role of growth center planning in Rhode Island’s future development. Adams led off a session “Main Street Districts and Growth Centers 101” with an introduction to national trends and models in growth management planning. This was followed by Boisvert’s presentation of their research to use emerging GIS technologies to evaluate the performance of existing development and the potential of undeveloped land according to the goals and objectives of Land Use 2025, the state’s Land Use Guide Plan. The session was concluded by a presentation by Noelle MacKay, Commissioner of Vermont’s Department of Housing and Community Affairs and a discussion session led by panel moderator Kevin Flynn, Associate Director of the Rhode Island Planning Division.
This research was supported by a 2011/12 grant from the Roger Williams University Foundation to Support Scholarship and Teaching, and will be followed by a report to the Department of Statewide Planning that is currently undertaking revisions to Land Use 2025.