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6/15/2023 General Assembly passes Rep. Craven and Leader Pearson’s legislation relating to subdivision and land developments
Legislation is part of Speaker Shekarchi’s legislative package addressing the housing crisis in Rhode Island
STATE HOUSE – The General Assembly today passed legislation sponsored by Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Robert E. Craven and Senate Majority Leader Ryan W. Pearson that relates to subdivision and land developments in order to create more housing development in the state.
The legislation is part of House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi’s (D-Dist. 23, Warwick) 14-bill package of legislation to address Rhode Island’s housing crisis.
“By simplifying the processes relating to subdivision and land development permits, our state will be able to develop the housing that we need at a much faster rate for our residents and this important bill will have a meaningful and significant impact on the lives of all Rhode Islanders and their need for proper and affordable housing,” said Chairman Craven (D-Dist. 32, North Kingstown).
“We all know that the state’s housing crisis is a serious issue and that vital housing developments are often delayed by numerous layers of bureaucratic red tape.  This bill will help our residents who are desperately in need of safe and affordable housing by simplifying the processes that have hampered our state’s housing production for far too long,” said Leader Pearson (D-Dist. 19, Cumberland, Lincoln).
The legislation (2023-H 6061Aaa, 2023-S 1034A) would amend subdivision and land development permits and processes to provide more predictability and to standardize processes throughout the state.  The legislation provides clarification on the review process and categories of record and allows certain approvals to be done administratively under certain limited circumstances.  Municipal approval of all projects would still be required under the legislation.  It would be effective January 1, 2024.
The legislation now heads to the governor’s desk for consideration.

For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903