2013 -- S 0760
A N A C T
RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- DEPARTMENT OF
Introduced By: Senators Algiere, P Fogarty, Jabour, Metts, and Pichardo
Date Introduced: March 13, 2013
It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
SECTION 1. Section 42-11-10 of the General Laws in Chapter 42-11 entitled
"Department of Administration" is hereby amended to read as follows:
42-11-10. Statewide planning program. -- (a) Findings. - The general assembly finds
that the people of this state have a fundamental interest in the orderly development of the state;
the state has a positive interest and demonstrated need for establishment of a comprehensive
strategic state planning process and the preparation, maintenance, and implementation of plans
for the physical, economic, and social development of the state; the continued growth and
development of the state presents problems that cannot be met by the cities and towns
individually and that require effective planning by the state; and state and local plans and
programs must be properly coordinated with the planning requirements and programs of the
(b) Establishment of statewide planning program.
(1) A statewide planning program is hereby established to prepare, adopt, and amend
strategic plans for the physical, economic, and social development of the state and to recommend
these to the governor, the general assembly, and all others concerned.
(2) All strategic planning, as defined in subsection (c) of this section, undertaken by all
departments and agencies of the executive branch unless specifically exempted, shall be
conducted by or under the supervision of the statewide planning program. The statewide planning
program shall consist of a state planning council, and the division of planning, which shall be a
division within the department of administration.
(c) Strategic planning. - Strategic planning includes the following activities:
(1) Establishing or identifying general goals.
(2) Refining or detailing these goals and identifying relationships between them.
(3) Formulating, testing, and selecting policies and standards that will achieve desired
(4) Preparing long-range or system plans or comprehensive programs that carry out the
policies and set time schedules, performance measures, and targets.
(5) Preparing functional short-range plans or programs that are consistent with
established or desired goals, objectives, and policies, and with long-range or system plans or
comprehensive programs where applicable, and that establish measurable intermediate steps
toward their accomplishment of the goals, objectives, policies, and/or long-range system plans.
(6) Monitoring the planning of specific projects and designing of specific programs of
short duration by the operating departments, other agencies of the executive branch, and political
subdivisions of the state to insure that these are consistent with and carry out the intent of
applicable strategic plans.
(7) Reviewing the execution of strategic plans and the results obtained and making
revisions necessary to achieve established goals.
(d) State guide plan. - Components of strategic plans prepared and adopted in accordance
with this section may be designated as elements of the state guide plan. The state guide plan shall
be comprised of functional elements or plans dealing with land use; physical development and
environmental concerns; economic development; housing production; energy supply, including
the development of renewable energy resources in
conservation; human services; and other factors necessary to accomplish the objective of this
section. The state guide plan shall be a means for centralizing, integrating, and monitoring long-
range goals, policies, plans, and implementation activities related thereto. State agencies
concerned with specific subject areas, local governments, and the public shall participate in the
state guide planning process, which shall be closely coordinated with the budgeting process.
(e) Membership of state planning council. - The state planning council shall consist of
the following members:
(1) The director of the department of administration as chairperson;
(2) The director, policy office, in the office of the governor, as vice-chairperson;
(3) The governor, or his or her designee;
(4) The budget officer;
(5) The chairperson of the housing resources commission;
(6) The highest-ranking administrative officer of the division of planning, as secretary;
(7) The president of the League of Cities and Towns or his or her designee and one
official of local government, who shall be appointed by the governor from a list of not less than
three (3) submitted by the
(8) The executive director of the League of Cities and Towns;
(9) One representative of a nonprofit community development or housing organization
appointed by the governor;
Four (4) Six
(6) public members, appointed by the governor, one of whom shall be
an employer with fewer than fifty (50) employees, and one of whom shall be an employer with
greater than fifty (50) employees;
(11) Two (2) representatives of a private, nonprofit environmental advocacy
organization, both to be appointed by the governor;
(12) The director of
planning and development for the city of
(13) The director of the department of transportation;
(14) The director of the department of environmental management;
(15) The director of the department of health; and
(16) The executive director of the economic development corporation.
(f) Powers and duties of state planning council. - The state planning council shall have
the following powers and duties:
(1) To adopt strategic plans as defined in this section and the long-range state guide plan,
and to modify and amend any of these, following the procedures for notification and public
hearing set forth in section 42-35-3, and to recommend and encourage implementation of these
goals to the general assembly, state and federal agencies, and other public and private bodies;
approval of strategic plans by the governor; and to ensure that strategic plans and the long-range
state guide plan are consistent with the findings, intent, and goals set forth in section 45-22.2-3,
(2) To coordinate the planning and development activities of all state agencies, in
accordance with strategic plans prepared and adopted as provided for by this section;
(3) To review and comment on the proposed annual work program of the statewide
(4) To adopt rules and standards and issue orders concerning any matters within its
jurisdiction as established by this section and amendments to it;
(5) To establish advisory committees and appoint members thereto representing diverse
interests and viewpoints as required in the state planning process and in the preparation or
implementation of strategic plans. The state planning council shall appoint a permanent
committee comprised of:
(i) Public members from different geographic areas of the state representing diverse
(ii) Officials of state, local and federal government, which shall review all proposed
elements of the state guide plan, or amendment or repeal of any element of the plan, and shall
advise the state planning council thereon before the council acts on any such proposal. This
committee shall also advise the state planning council on any other matter referred to it by the
(6) To establish and appoint members to an executive committee consisting of major
participants of a
(7) To adopt, amend and maintain as an element of the state guide plan or as an
amendment to an existing element of the state guide plan, standards and guidelines for the
location of eligible renewable energy resources and renewable
energy facilities in
with due consideration for the location of such resources and facilities in commercial and
industrial areas, agricultural areas, areas occupied by public and private institutions, and property
of the state and its agencies and corporations, provided such areas are of sufficient size, and in
other areas of the state as appropriate.
(g) Division of planning.
(1) The division of planning shall be the principal staff agency of the state planning
council for preparing and/or coordinating strategic plans for the comprehensive management of
the state's human, economic, and physical resources. The division of planning shall recommend
to the state planning council specific guidelines, standards, and programs to be adopted to
implement strategic planning and the state guide plan and shall undertake any other duties
established by this section and amendments thereto.
(2) The division of planning shall maintain records (which shall consist of files of
complete copies) of all plans, recommendations, rules, and modifications or amendments thereto
adopted or issued by the state planning council under this section. The records shall be open to
(3) The division of
planning shall manage and administer the
information system of land-related resources, and shall coordinate these efforts with other state
departments and agencies, including the
technical support and assistance in the development and maintenance of the system and its
associated data base.
(4) The division of planning shall coordinate and oversee the provision of technical
assistance to political subdivisions of the state in preparing and implementing plans to accomplish
the purposes, goals, objectives, policies, and/or standards of applicable elements of the state guide
plan and shall make available to cities and towns data and guidelines that may be used in
preparing comprehensive plans and elements thereof and in evaluating comprehensive plans and
(h) [Deleted by P.L. 2011, ch. 215, section 4, and by P.L. 2011, ch. 313, section 4].
(i) The division of planning shall be the principal staff agency of the water resources
board established pursuant to chapter 46-15 ("Water Resources Board") and the water resources
board corporate established pursuant to chapter 46-15.1 ("Water Supply Facilities").
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.