Efforts are being made to update the City Of Newport’sComprehensive Land Use Plan. A City Plan provides the foundation for a wide variety of actions, all designed to help citizens accomplish a shared vision for their community. Updating a Plan allows the City to investigate, identify and implement actions that are necessary to address changes in circumstances that have occurred since the adoption of the last City Plan. In this way, a Plan is a “living” document.
The next public meeting will be held on February 23, 2016 from 6:30-8:30 at the Pell School (35 Dexter St., Newport).
A Vision for Newport’s Future
Goals and Policies
Can you help us articulate goals that will help Newport accomplish its Vision? You set goals all the time, probably without even realizing it! You evaluate them and adjust them too! Think about your community the same way. A more secure, safe and sufficient water supply? Less traffic congestion? A more diverse economy? An educated work force with skills that match up to the needs of current and future businesses? A Strategic Planning approach to managing public investments and related decisions? These are all examples of “goals” many communities hope to achieve as a way to make their Vision manifest. What goals do you think are important for Newport?
What about “policies?” These are more specific “action-oriented” and directive statements that relate to particular goals (or ideally to more than one goal). For instance, if reduced traffic congestion is a goal, then a related policy would be “Newport shall compile and analyze current traffic data on a regular basis and use that data to plan, evaluate, revise and otherwise implement transportation system improvements in a way that is integrated with other important Plan goals and strategies.” This policy would not only address transportation and mobility, but air and water quality, economic development, public health and safety, historic and cultural resources, social equity and other Plan elements.
Issues and Opportunities
Share some of your ideas about issues, but be prepared to provide ideas about opportunities too. Planning is not just about griping. Its about fixing. You need to be a part of the solution!