Mission Statement: We are an alliance of
concerned citizens and local businesses pursuing responsible
development development that balances economic
growth with the protection of our rural landscape, historic
culture, and quality of life.
"Creating Vibrant Blackstone Valley communities
Sound Land Use Planning, Collaboration, and Action."
CREATING VIBRANT LOCAL ECONOMIES
Encourage mixed use, pedestrian friendly
development in areas accessible to major roads and already
served by sewer and water.
In response to the public vision of needed development,
towns should proactively seek suitable sites and encourage
the development and retention of light industry, tourism,
office space, and small-scale retail. This effort will
expand community resources and increase the opportunity
for skilled jobs and a diversified tax base.
Work to ensure that development proceeds at a
pace appropriate to the town's needs and at an appropriate
Encourage incentives for appropriate energy-efficient
municipal and business development (both existing and
new) to save taxpayers money and preserve our tax base.
CREATING A SENSE OF COMMUNITY
Encourage the establishment of public
gathering places for both indoor and outdoor activities
to help foster a sense of community within a city, town
or village center. These might include walking and bike
paths, community and senior centers, picnic areas, and
PROTECTING OUR NATURAL AND CULTURAL
Preserve and promote natural and historical
character of the Blackstone Valley region. Encourage
development of sites and programs featuring the historic
and natural resources of towns to expand tourism in
Ensure the preservation of open spaces and protection
of our drinking water by prioritizing critical lands
and aquatic areas, encouraging conservation development,
and reducing the amount of impervious surfaces where
FOSTERING TRANSPARENCY IN LAND-USE
PLANNING AND TOWN GOVERNANCE
Ensure citizens have rapid access to all
public documents via the Internet. These would include,
but are not limited to, the Comprehensive Plan, the
Town Charter, the Zoning Ordinance, the Subdivision
Regulations, and meeting agendas and minutes.
ENHANCING UNDERSTANDING OF SMART
Increase public awareness and understanding
of smart growth.
Ensure public officials understand land use regulations
as they pertain to smart growth and assist them in their
charge to comply.
How to reach us:
Chairperson: Dr. Caroly Shumway