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Smart Growth

Implementing the Aquidneck Island West Side Master Plan

In 2005, the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission released the Aquidneck Island West Side Master Plan. The plan was produced by a broad stakeholder coalition and was meant to support important, common interests in shaping the future of the West Side. As one of the first steps to implement the plan's vision, the commission and Rhode Island Sea Grant applied for EPA Smart Growth Implementation Assistance to help develop options and tools.

Implementing the Aquidneck Island West Side Master Plan (2006) describes the project and the options the EPA team developed, including:

  • Approaches for mixed-use zoning standards, design guidelines, and review processes in three communities, including options for growth in specific sites in each community.
  • Strategies to improve the West Main Road corridor, shared by all three communities.

For each site, and for development review in general, the team emphasized how good design and a mix of uses could create the lively, compact village centers envisioned in the master plan.

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