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Contact Information

Patricia Reynolds, MA ARCH - Director of Planning
& Economic Development 
(401) 845-5450     
Peter Friedrichs - City Planner
(401) 845-5472
Sarah Atkins - Community Resilience Specialist
(401) 845-5474
Department Directory »

Contact Information

Patricia Reynolds, MA ARCH - Director of Planning
& Economic Development 
(401) 845-5450     
Peter Friedrichs - City Planner
(401) 845-5472
Sarah Atkins - Community Resilience Specialist
(401) 845-5474
Department Directory »

Planning & Economic Development

Hazard Mitigation Plan Update


Newport faces many of the same hazards as other Rhode Island cities, such as storm events and temperature extremes. The Hazard Mitigation Plan addresses natural hazard mitigation. It is mandated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to be updated every 5 years. The update is currently underway. Please contact City Planner Peter Friedrichs or Director of Planning and Economic Development Patricia Reynolds with any additional questions.



A survey has been developed to chronicle some of the experiences of Newporters as it relates to natural hazards. Take the survey!

Planning

The Planning Division plans and guides inclusive growth in our City through its work with the Planning Board, creating opportunities for everyone to live, work and enjoy Newport.

Economic Development

We're committed to making Newport the most attractive community in New England to live, work and raise a family. 






    
     

Pell Bridge Virtual Town Hall Meeting

October 2020

For information on the Pell Bridge Ramp Realignment, please 
visit the Rhode Island Department of Transportation Pell Bridge Realignment Project Page

 
Our office is dedicated to improving the economic wellbeing and quality of life for Newport residents by creating and/or retaining jobs while supporting the growing income and tax base through the planning and implementation of large and small-scale development projects.


Points of Interest 

Transportation Master Plan

We're rethinking how people get around Newport. Click here to learn more about the City's first Transportation Master Plan and let's Keep Newport Moving!

North End Urban Plan

The North End Urban Plan strives to lay the foundation for smart, equitable growth in the City's North End. Read it here. On February 10, 2021 the City Council voted unanimously to amend the Comprehensive Plan to include the North End Urban Plan.

Flood Safe Newport

Being a flood safe community means protecting our community and saving homeowners on flood insurance.

Maps & Plans

Click here to search and download copies of relevant maps & plans 

Innovate Newport

We partnered with Federal, State and private partners to transform a historic school building into a hub for entrepreneurs. Learn more here.

Comprehensive Plan

Download a copy of the City's guiding planning document, the Comprehensive Plan

Planning Board

The volunteer citizens of the Newport Planning Board oversee the City's planning efforts and are the stewards of the City's Comprehensive Plan

Historic Preservation

With the largest collection of colonial homes in the United States and its status as "America's First Resort," Newport truly lives in its history. Preserving history and Newport's sense of place is a community effort. 

Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)

The Department of Planning and Economic Development administers the City's CDBG program. A video of the first public hearing for the 2019 program year is available here

Planning & Development News

North End Urban Plan Released

North End Urban Plan Released

With an eye toward creating more opportunity, connectivity, resiliency, and equity, Newport's 2020 North End Urban Plan seeks to serve as a basis for future development in one of the most dynamic areas of the City. Click below to read the full report.

Download a Copy of the Plan 
 

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City Leading the Way in Historic & Resilient Preservation

City Leading the Way in Historic & Resilient Preservation

The City of Newport recently became one of the first communities in the country to adopt standards designed to help protect some of its most historic neighborhoods from the threat posed by rising sea levels. 
 

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Pell Bridge Ramp Realignment

Pell Bridge Ramp Realignment

The State Department of Trasnportation is currently in the process of developing a final plan for the realignment of the Pell Bridge ramps. 

To learn more about this landmark project, please be sure to visit the RIDOT website here.

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