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10/4/2021 Media Advisory: Commission to Study Land Use schedules first meeting
STATE HOUSE – The Special Legislative Commission to Study the Entire Areas of Land Use, Preservation, Development, Housing, Environment, and Regulation will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, October 5.

Created by a resolution (2021-H 5950) sponsored by Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi as part of a package of legislation he backed to address Rhode Island’s housing needs, the Commission will study all aspects of land use, preservation, development, production, regulation, zoning, housing and the environment. The commission will make recommendations to enable the state to ensure and promote land use that allows for sustainable and equitable economic growth in support of efforts to achieve the state’s affordable housing goals.

The Commission is scheduled to meet Tuesday, October 5 at 2:00 p.m. in the House Lounge of the State House.

Members of the Commission are Terrence Gray, P.E., Acting Director, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management; Julietta T. Georgakis, Deputy Director, Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation; a designee from the Board of Commissioners of RIHousing; Meredith E. Brady, Associate Director, Rhode Island Division of Statewide Planning; Louise Marcus, Esq.; Lawrence J.F. Taft, Executive Director, Audubon Society of Rhode Island; Thomas E. Deller, AICP, Planning Director, City of Central Falls; Dylan Conley, Esq.; Henry Wright, III, Rhode Island Farm Bureau; John V. Marcantonio, Executive Director, Rhode Island Builders Association; Richard Boren, Jamestown Zoning Board of Review; Edinaldo Tebaldi, Ph D, Professor of Economics, Bryant University; Cortney Nicolato, President and CEO, United Way of Rhode Island; Topher Hamblett, Director of Advocacy & Policy, Save the Bay; Maria H. Mack, Chair, South Kingstown Planning Board; Nate Kelly, AICP, NCI, Principal Planning, Horsley Witten Group; Patricia Reynolds, Director of Planning and Economic Development, City of Newport; and Margarita Robledo Guedes, Outcome Broker, Green and Healthy Homes Initiative. 

For more information, contact:
Emily Martineau, Communications Deputy Director for the Office of the Speaker
State House Room 323
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-2466