Matrix Design Group community planners updated the City of Newport, Rhode Island’s Comprehensive Plan with an eye to addressing potential sea level rise, diversifying the economy, addressing a population decline and changing demographics, preserving the community, and addressing aging infrastructure and public education. The Comprehensive Plan update is carefully coordinated with state, regional, and local policies and goals to help avoid or mitigate conflicting actions, help citizens prioritize funding, and enhance the population’s ability to accomplish common objectives.

Public outreach was an important factor in the planning process.  In order to build a Plan that truly reflects the goals of the community, Matrix facilitated three public workshops and a community forum, as well as stakeholder interviews, meetings with City Council, and coordination with various Newport committees and planning boards.  The resulting multi-faceted update to the Comprehensive Plan is intended to guide the City of Newport through the ensuing twenty years to manage land use and housing, maintain a healthy and vibrant community, and address sustainable systems and stewardship of resources.

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