§ 45-22.2-6 Required elements of comprehensive plan. – The comprehensive plan is a statement (in text, maps, illustrations, or other media of communication) that is designed to provide a basis for rational decision making regarding the long term physical development of the municipality. The definition of goals and policies relative to the distribution of future land uses, both public and private, forms the basis for land use decisions to guide the overall physical, economic, and social development of the municipality. The comprehensive plan must be internally consistent in its policies, forecasts, and standards, and include the following elements:
(1) Goals and policies statement. Identifies the goals and policies of the municipality for its future growth and development. The statement enumerates how the plan is consistent with the overall goals and policies of this chapter, the state guide plan, and related elements.
(2) Land use plan element. Designates the proposed general distribution and general location and interrelationship of land use for residential, commercial, industry, open space, recreation facilities, and other categories of public and private uses of land. The land use element is based upon the other elements contained in this section, and it relates the proposed standards of population density and building intensity to the capacity of the land and available or planned facilities and services. ….
(3) Housing element. ….
(4) Economic development element. ….
(5) Natural and cultural resources element. ….
(6) Services and facilities element. Provides an inventory of existing and forecasted needs for facilities and services used by the public as, but not limited to, educational facilities, public safety, water, sanitary sewers, libraries, and community facilities. The policies and implementation techniques must be identified for inclusion in the implementation program element.
(7) Open space and recreation element. ….
(8) Circulation element. ….
(i) A statement which defines and schedules for a period of five (5) years or more the specific public actions to be undertaken in order to achieve the goals and objectives of each element of the comprehensive plan. Scheduled expansion or replacement of public facilities, and the anticipated costs and revenue sources proposed to meet those costs reflected in a municipality's capital improvement program, must be included in the implementation program.
(ii) The implementation program identifies the public actions necessary to implement the objectives and standards of each element of the comprehensive plan that require the adoption or amendment of codes and ordinances by the governing body of the municipality.
(iii) The implementation program identifies other public authorities or agencies owning water supply facilities or providing water supply services to the municipality, and coordinates the goals and objectives of the comprehensive plan with the actions of public authorities or agencies with regard to the protection of watersheds as provided in § 46-15.3-1, et seq.
(iv) The implementation program must detail the timing and schedule of municipal actions required to amend the zoning ordinance and map to conform to the comprehensive plan.
View the full text of Chapter 45-22.2, Rhode Island Comprehensive Planning and Land Use Act.