Department of Planning and Economic Development
FUNCTION: The responsibility of the Department of Planning and Economic Development is to work with municipal departments, Town boards and commissions, local businesses and the public at large to develop and implement short and long range planning and economic development projects and initiatives. The Department works to facilitate positive social change and assist the community in developing and implementing its vision.
Specifically, the Department of Planning and Economic Development prepares the Community Development Block Grant Program application, reviews land development project proposals, prepares the Comprehensive Economic Strategy Report, and maintains the Comprehensive Community Plan.
In addition, the Department is the clearinghouse for data and research for planning projects and community land use information. The Department also provides staff support to the Planning Board, Economic Development Commission and Local Advisory Boards, and provides technical assistance to the Land Trust and Conservation Commission. The professional planning staff of the Department provides direct staff assistance to the Town Manager and Town Council when needed.
Comprehensive Community Plan (Draft)
(.pdf document, 14.5 MB, 335 pages)
The Smithfield Planning Board along with the Town’s Planning Consultant, Mason & Associates have prepared a draft of the Comprehensive Community Plan in compliance with the State Comprehensive Planning and Land Use Act that requires community’s comprehensive plans be updated at five year intervals (now amended to provide for 10-year updates). The Planning Board will conduct a public hearing on January 28, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. to obtain input from the public on the draft plan and will subsequently forward a recommendation to the Town Council regarding adoption of the Plan. The Draft Plan focuses on the following eight plan elements and an Implementation section:
- Land Use
- Housing, including affordable housing,
- Economic Development,
- Community Services and Facilities,
- Natural Resources,
- Cultural Resources
- Conservation, Open Space, and Recreation, and
Community Development Block Grant Program
The Town of Smithfield applies annually to the State of Rhode Island for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds issued through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The state administered Small Cities CDBG program awards grants to smaller units of general local government that carry out community development activities. Annually, each State develops funding priorities and criteria for selecting projects. The CDBG program provides annual grants on a formula basis to entitled cities, urban counties and states to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.
One CDBG program that the Planning Department administers is the Smithfield Housing Rehabilitation Program
Corridor Access Management Plan
Note: large file: 28.9MB – right click, choose “save as”
Land Development and Subdivision Review Regulations including Checklists
(Amended: June 27, 2013)
Current Land Development and Subdivision Projects
Updated online 8-26-2014
Future Land Use Map
Updated online 8-10-2011
Some ongoing Department projects include:
Deerfield Park Phase II Development
Woonasquatucket River Watershed Greenspace Plan
Smithfield Greenspace Forum
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I learn about pending land development projects in Smithfield?
You can contact the Planning Department. The Department maintains files on every land development project submitted for review and Planning Board approval.
What is the Planning Board and when does it meet?
The Planning Board is a nine member, Town Council appointed volunteer board that reviews land development projects such housing development projects.
Can the Planning Department assist me if I want to relocate my business to Smithfield or want to learn about economic development projects?
Yes. One role of the Department of Planning and Economic Development is to work with new businesses that want to relocate to Smithfield as well as assist existing businesses in Town become more competitive. The Department provides outreach through the Economic Development Commission.
The Town of Smithfield is committed to observing local and federal Fair Housing Laws. For further information on eliminating housing discrimination and promoting open communities throughout the region, please visit the following websites:
Fair Housing Rhode Island http://www.fairhousingri.org/
The Housing Network of RI http://www.housingnetworkri.org/
The Rhode Island Housing Resources Commission http://www.hrc.ri.gov/
The Rhode Island Housing Commission for Human Rights http://www.richr.state.ri.us/frames.html
Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston http://bostonfairhousing.org/
United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) publication, 39 Steps Toward Fair Housing http://www.hud.gov/offices/fheo/39steps.pdf