RI State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan

In late 2018, HW Planner, Craig Pereira took on the role of managing public engagement for the RI Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (known as “the SCORP”). Our friends at Weston & Sampson invited us to design and deliver the public process. Time was short and Craig needed to cover the entire state. The logistics were daunting to say the least. Between October and January, Craig managed to convene 11 public focus group meetings, all in separate locations, featuring a dozen different recreation topics. He also deployed a map survey tool that has collected responses statewide. 

The 2019 SCORP will outline the existing status, current needs, and future vision for outdoor recreation. It will include public input from the growing and changing population and will set concrete goals and strategies for improvements and additions to the state’s infrastructure, programming, and resources. Check out our progress to date and, if you enjoy the outdoors in Rhode Island (regardless of where you’re from) feel free to fill out the survey!

 Another survey is on the way, and will mark the final push for public input before the plan is drafted.

 

 

Haddam Plan of Conservation & Development

Congratulations to the team!

At a recent awards dinner, the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association (CCAPA) prefaced the award  announcement by saying how rare it is to even consider a Plan of Conservation & Development (POCD) for the Chapter Planning Award. The committee felt this document achieved everything the Town asked for and more!

HW planners worked with the Town of Haddam, CT  to update and improve its POCD.  A POCD is what other states think of as a “Comprehensive Plan” or “Master Plan.” The document provides a long-term vision for the Town and guides decision making relating to growth, development, and conservation over the next ten years. The Town hired HW  because they wanted “fresh eyes” and something different than the typical POCD. They specifically asked for a plan that is: 1) easy to read and navigate, 2) meaningful and educational to the average Haddam resident, and 3) straight forward to implement.

Under the leadership of our Senior Planner Krista Moravec, the HW team listened closely to how residents talked about their community and what they hoped for in the future. Our community conversations resulted in a document focused on “the places of Haddam”  specifically the village centers and surrounding rural areas. The plan opens with a bold statement of what constitutes “the heart and soul” of Haddam, then goes on to tackle issues one place at a time. This format allows the reader to understand how traditional planning elements like infrastructure, housing, and economic development work together in a New England Village.

Project Team: Liz Glidden, Town Planner, Town’s Land Use Department, POCD Advisory Committee, Planning & Zoning Commission, Conservation Commission, Economic Development Commission, Senior Center, Public Schools, and the Haddam Historical Society, Haddam residents

HW Team: Krista Moravec, AICP
Jeff Davis, AICP & Nate Kelly, AICP