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The Planning Board will be hosting a special Public Hearing for the proposed North End Urban Plan beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Highlighting the meeting will be a presentation by the City’s consultants, NBBJ, who will provide residents an overview of the project and answer questions.

This is a What’s Up Newp broadcast. Please follow the instructions below to participate/comment during this meeting.

Members of the public – especially those who live in the North End neighborhood – are encouraged to share their thoughts about the plan, which is available either for download on the City’s website at www.CityofNewport.com/Planning or in hard copy at the Newport Public Library.

Those interested in attending the meeting may do so via Zoom by visiting https://buff.ly/3nLaLX0 or by dialing 1 888-788-0099 and entering Meeting ID: 811 1334 7647 and Password: 1639.

Questions may also be directed in advance to Peter Friedrichs, City Planner, via e-mail at pfriedrichs@cityofnewport.com, by mail to the attention of the Planning Board at 43 Broadway Newport, R.I. 02840, or by calling (401) 845-5472.

Ryan Belmore is the 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.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

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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