337 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: (401) 222-2353
Fax: (401) 222-3199
Open to the public
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Division of Planning, established in 1978 (PL 1978, chapter 228 and codified in RIGL § 42-11-10), succeeded the Policy Committee created on December 20, 1963. The Division currently includes three programs: the Statewide Planning Program (consisting of the State Planning Council and the Office of Statewide Planning), the Housing and Community Development Program (consisting of the Housing Resources Commission and the Office of Housing and Community Development), and the Water Resources Board.
The predecessor of the Division of Planning was the Policy Committee of the Rhode Island Comprehensive Transportation and Land Use Planning Program, as established by Section 3 of the Inter-Agency agreement between the Rhode Island Development Council and Department of Public Works dated May 27, 1964, as amended on March 25, 1965 (Rhode Island Public Transit Authority) and on July 12, 1965 (Department of Business Regulation).
The Rhode Island Division of Planning consists of three main components: the Statewide Planning Program, the Office of Housing and Community Development, and the Water Resources Board.
The Rhode Island Statewide Planning Program prepares and maintains plans for the physical, economic, and social development of the state; encourages their implementation; and coordinates the actions of state, local and federal agencies and private individuals within the framework of the state's development goals and policies. The basic charge is established by Sections 42-11-10 and 12 of the General Laws. The Statewide Planning Program consists of the State Planning Council and staff who specialize in land use, comprehensive planning, GIS, transportation and other related topics.