NATURAL ENVIRONMENT

Newporters Invited to Help Shape Future of Parks and Open Spaces

A second public meeting to help shape the development of a Tree, Park and Open Space Master Plan is planned for later this month. The upcoming meeting, on Jan. 28 at the Pell School at 6 p.m., will focus on ideas and options. Newport, RI By MARK SCHIELDROP (Patch Staff) January 15, 2016 5:00 pm ET NEWPORT, RI—A second community meeting to give Newporters the chance to help shape the future stewardship of the city’s parks and open spaces is planned for later this month. The first meeting in September brought more than 160 residents who wanted to play a role in guiding the Newport Open Space Partnership as it carries out its mission drafting a new Open Space Master Plan. The upcoming meeting, on Jan. 28 at the Pell School at 6 p.m., will focus on ideas and options. A key finding of the Phase 1 Existing Conditions assessment was a lack of open space and active recreation amenities exists in the North End. Participation is important to ensure the community guides the vision and defines priorities for the plan. All ages and opinions are welcome. Newport Plays. Newport Bikes. Newport Surfs. Newport Walks. What do you want to do in […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - January 16, 2016 at 12:21 pm

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City of Newport – Comprehensive Land Use Plan Update Kick-Off Meeting, October 13th

http://cityofnewport.com/departments/planning-development/comprehensive-land-use-plan WHEN: Tuesday October 13th  6:30-8:30pm WHERE: Pell School | 35 Dexter St., Newport RI The City of Newport and the Planning Board are in process of updating the Newport Comprehensive Land Use Plan. This update includes only the updating of data and statistics to keep the document that was adopted in 2004 in compliance with current State requirements. The State of Rhode Island has issued new requirements for municipalities to include in their next Comprehensive Plan. After the data revisions are complete and adopted, Newport will begin the process of reviewing and revising the entire document to bring it in compliance with the new State regulations that go into effect as of June 1st, 2016. The following links contain the 2004 Comprehensive Land Use Plan as adopted in 2004 by the City Council. This document forms the legal basis for all land use decisions made by the City as well as Zoning Ordinances and Land Development – Subdivision Regulations. All Zoning and Land Development Amendments enacted must be in compliance with the adopted Comprehensive Land Use Plan. Title Page – Table of Contents Element 1 – Executive Summary Element 2 – Land Use Element 2 – Appendices Element 3 – Housing […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - October 5, 2015 at 8:33 pm

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Master Plan Community Meeting – Open Spaces 9/14/15 @ 5pm Pell School

Please attend the first of three community meetings to plan the future of Newport’s parks, trees and open space on Monday, September 14 at the Pell School on 35 Dexter Street Newport.  Open house begins at 5pm and presentation and discussion at 5:45. MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2015 – PELL SCHOOL, 35 DEXTER STREET FIRST COMMUNITY MEETING 5:00 pm: Doors Open and Open House Begins 6:00 – 7:30 pm: Presentation and Interactive Discussion Learn More Here: http://newportopenspace.org/newport-open-space-forum/events/first-community-meeting/ In 1913, Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. created an open space plan for Newport, which greatly shaped how Newport developed over the past century. Many of our beloved green and blue spaces like Miantonomi Park and Almy Pond are the result of Olmsted’s vision. Today, the Newport Open Space Partnership is working to plan for the next century of Newport’s parks, trees and open spaces, and it’s your opportunity to help shape the next era of Newport’s landscapes! The Newport Open Space Partnership is embarking on a comprehensive open space planning process to create a vision for the long-term sustainability and stewardship of the parks, public open spaces, and trees in Newport. Phase 1 of the master planning process focuses on discovering the existing conditions of Newport […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - September 8, 2015 at 10:02 am

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Point Assoc. Speakers Flooding, Resiliency and Green Infrastructure is planned for Thursday May 22 at the Harbor House

The first program this year in the Point Association’s (http://www.thepointassociation.org/)2014 Speakers Series on Flooding, Resiliency and Green Infrastructure is planned for Thursday May 22 at the Harbor House Great Hall 111 Washington St, Newport, RI 02840 (401) 846-1990 Entrance to Great Hall on Battery Street in Newport at 5:30. Speakers will be from the RI Landscapers and Nursery Association (RINLA), and the program will present an overview of Green Infrastructure: using plants to minimize flooding in the residential setting.  The Point Association’s  Annual Plant Sale is following week-end at St John’s in the Point. The guest presenters for this program will be the Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association (http://www.rinla.org/) Executive Director Shannon Brawley and Board President Catherine Weaver.  The presentation will include: Short Intro on Newport Flooding: where and why? Overview of Green Infrastructure: How and Why its works What can homeowners do to reduce flooding on their property? Q&A The Point Association is seeking to present a collaborative discussion on flooding, sea rise and green infrastructure throughout the year.  Mark your calendars and join this conversation on May 22nd!  All are invited.

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Posted by NewportAlliance - May 14, 2014 at 3:56 pm

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City of Newport Spring Recycling Day April 19th Easton’s Beach! (see details)

Spring Recycling Day: Saturday, April 19, 2014 Download the 2014 Spring Recycling Day flyer here (pdf). See below for a full list of items accepted at the Spring Recycling Day! **NEW! The Clean City Program will be displaying 64-gallon carts for residents. Carts will be issued for trash and recycling starting November 1, 2014.** The Spring & Fall Recycling banner at the event entrance   Styrofoam being collected at the Fall Recycling Day At the 2014 Spring Recycling Day, we will accept the following materials: No appointment is required for this portion of the event. All vendors listed will take items on a first come, first served basis: Scrap metal: metal hangers, pots, pans, metal chains, screws, nails, any other item that is primarily made out of metal. No items containing Freon. Please call 845-5613 if you have an item you are unsure of. Paper shredding service (paper will be recycled): Newport area residents are invited to bring up to four banker size boxes of paper to be shredded. Residents may bring their documents in any type of carrying container but must stay within the four banker box limit. Files can be left in manila file folders and hanging files. Staples and paper clips are also acceptable […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - April 17, 2014 at 8:40 pm

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Public Forum Thursday April 10, 2014 6:00 on Environmental Commissions

Alliance for a Livable Newport – Free Public Forum – City of Newport Environmental Commissions: The Energy and Environment Commission The Tree and Open Space Commission The Biking and Pedestrian Commission       SO WHO IS WATCHING OVER NEWPORT’S ENVIRONMENT? Want to learn all about what Newport’s environmental commissions are doing to protect our trees and open spaces? Ensure safe drinking water and cleaner oceans? Reducing our carbon footprint? Working to make walking and biking safer? Join The Alliance for a Livable Newport in its continuing series of “Reports from Newport’s Commissions; working on your behalf.” Presenting mini-reports in recognition of April’s Earth Day month will be- Energy and Environment: Co-Chair, Beth Milham – Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory: Chairman, Chuck Filippo – Wastewater Improvements: Chairman Ray Smedberg – Tree & Open Space Commission: Member Rob Currier  The panel discussion will be followed by questions from the audience. Questions may be sent in advance to: info@newportalliance.org To learn more about The City of Newport Boards and Commissions <click here> For additional information on ALN or this Forum, contact: Lauren Carson- ALN Board of Directors atu2mama@mac.com Did you know that all ALN Public Forums are video taped and available publicly for viewing at any time? <click here to view the archive> Please join us! When? Thursday April 10, […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - April 7, 2014 at 8:25 pm

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You’re invited – Daffodil Project – cocktail reception at the Chanler Hotel on Earth Day, April 22nd

  Perhaps you’ve noticed: tiny daffodil leaves are peeking through the soil, eager to trumpet the arrival of spring here in Newport. To celebrate their bloom and to thank our many supporters, you’re invited to join Ronald Lee Fleming, founder of the Daffodil Project, for a cocktail reception at the Chanler Hotel on Earth Day, April 22nd. This celebration, part of Daffodillion’s drive to plant 1 million daffodils in Newport and also part of Newport’s annual Arboretum Week, provides an opportunity to recognize and thank the many Founder’s Club members, donors, and volunteers who generously sponsored and distributed the 98,000 bulbs that were given away free last fall. Capacity is limited, so please e mail back the name (s) of those who would like to attend to: Daffodillion@cox.net. Feel free to pass this invitation on to other daffodil lovers. We look forward to seeing you — and the arrival of the daffodils in April. A daffy million thanks, John John Hirschboeck Daffodillion Project Director www.Daffodillion.com e-mail: Daffodillion@cox.net

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Posted by NewportAlliance - March 12, 2014 at 7:34 am

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Newport Yachting Center withdraws NOISE variance request!

Click here if you can’t see the image. November 12, 2013 Dear Newport Yachting Center Guests, We want to thank all of our concert guests and supporters who sent letters, made phone-calls and cleared their schedules to attend tomorrow night’s City Council meeting in support of the Sunset Music Series. It is gratifying to hear how important the Sunset Music Series is to all of you. It is clear that our unique waterfront venue has become a part of the fabric of Newport over the last 16 years. However, based on feedback from the City Council, we are making the decision to pull the variance request from tomorrow night’s City Council docket. The reality is that we need to take a step back and allow the City to hold public workshops, during which we will have an opportunity to explain the facts of the variance request and our plans for noise abatement. There is much misinformation circulating right now and it is important that we be able to present the correct information to the residents of Newport. We will need your support in the future; we will call on you again when the time is right to bring this matter before the […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - November 12, 2013 at 5:45 pm

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ALN public forum – Newport Daily News article Oct. 31, page 1

Neighbors air concerns over plan for marina By Sean Flynn  Staff writer Newport Daily News  http://www.newportdailynews.com/ NEWPORT — A new 25-slip marina the Hyatt Regency Newport hotel is proposing to build northeast of Goat Island would have floating docks 100 to 150 feet offshore so as not to interfere with the eelgrass beds along the shoreline, according to the marina’s designer.  SEE the FORUM VIDEO HERE Gus Kreuzkamp, owner and master engineer of Harbor Engineering LLC of Barrington, presented the marina plans to more than two dozen people who gathered at the Newport Public Library Wednesday night for a forum sponsored by the Alliance for a Livable Newport. Most of those who attended are residents of the Point, the neighborhood just opposite the proposed marina site. Bart Dunbar, who lives on Bridge Street, brought up the eelgrass buffer zone because he believes the marina would “stick out egregiously into public waters.” The state Coastal Resources Management Council “could allow the marina closer to shore above the eelgrass,” Dunbar said. It depends on how many people on the council are “eelgrass supporters,” he said. Kreuzkamp disagreed. The project requires both federal and state approval, he said. In his discussions with a representative of the […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - October 31, 2013 at 5:30 pm

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Video of Public Forum proposed Hyatt Marina + Detailed Engineering Plans

  20131010_Hyatt Dock_Presentation Set < click to download Hyatt Marina Engineering Drawings, design, plans   Hyatt Marina Proposal from Alliance for Livable Newport on Vimeo.   Proposed Goat Island Hyatt Hotel Marina October 2013  Preliminary Design, Details, Drawings for your review The images shown below illustrate the plans for a new marina filed by the Hyatt Hotel on Goat Island. These development plans and proposals have been or will be shared with various officials, groups, organizations, departments and individuals including: The Newport City Council The Waterfront Commission The Planning Board CRMC (RI Coastal Resources Management Council) – RI.gov Newport Harbormaster The Point Association of Newport, Rhode Island At those meetings, questions are answered and comments offered about the appropriateness of the facility. The ALN Public Forum on October 30 – 6:00 to 7:30pm at the Newport Public Library will provide an opportunity for the public to see these plans, drawings, designs and images, make comments, and have their questions answered by members of the Hyatt Hotel administration and staff.  

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Posted by NewportAlliance - October 31, 2013 at 7:41 am

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