The City Of Newport has given notice of a public hearing before the Planning Board of the City of Newport, Rhode Island at which the proposed adoption of the Newport Comprehensive Land Use Plan Update will be considered.

The public hearing will be be held at the Pell Elementary School Cafeteria / Auditorium, 35 Dexter Street on Thursday, April 28, 2016, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The Proposed Comprehensive Land Use Plan Update is an update of the City of Newport’s 2004 Plan.  These amendments are made in accordance with the provisions of chapter 45-22.2 of the General Laws of the State of Rhode Island.

The proposed text to be considered is available for public review, and may be examined in the Office of the Zoning and Inspections,3rd floor, City Hall during the hours of 8:30 – 4:30, and at the Newport Public Library (See website) and can found at the City of Newport’s website at

The proposed amendments may be altered or amended prior to the close of the public hearing without further advertising as a result of further study or because of the views expressed at the public hearing.  Any such alteration or amendment must be presented for comment in the course of said public hearing.

All persons interested in the above matter are requested to be present at that time and place to be heard thereon.  Pell Elementary School is handicapped accessible.  Individuals requiring interpreter services for the hearing-impaired must notify the office of the City Manager at 841-0444, forty-eight hours in advance of the hearing date.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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