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Providence Tomorrow, Community Involvement Award

Providence Tomorrow was created by Mayor Cicilline and the Providence City Council as “an innovative and inclusive planning process designed to create a framework for growth and preservation of Providence neighborhoods.” The requisite public participation enabled the planning process to be “inclusive and transparent.” Part of the planning process was a charrette, for which the Department of Planning and Development worked with a team of consultants to help organize and serve as facilitators. Over 300 people attended nine workshops. In addition to participating in the workshops, residents also dropped in to give their input and share photos of likes and dislikes about the city. Next, they are conducting follow-up meetings that will introduce proposed interim amendments to the comprehensive plan based on the public input received during the charrettes. In winter 2007, the Department of Planning and Development will hold the first neighborhood charrettes, which will focus on neighborhood-specific plans.

Involving the community in the planning process is an admirable and valuable action by the City of Providence. The process also revealed how citizens value historic preservation and preserving our city’s character.