Accessible, reliable, and diverse transportation options are vital to any successful community. Since 1985, AIPC has helped Aquidneck Island plan and develop better transportation systems – to increase mobility, transportation choices, and safety for residents, businesses, and visitors – while decreasing traffic congestion and its negative impacts on our environment, economy and quality of life.
While Aquidneck Island is proud of its colonial and Gilded Age history, we need to adapt and improve to meet the increasing environmental, economic, and social challenges of the 21st century. AIPC is working to increase Island-wide use of renewable energy, improve broadband service and communications infrastructure, and expand out-of-classroom STEM education to provide more options for diverse learners.
A strong island economy is a vital component of AIPC’s work. This includes job creation for workers of all skill levels ensuring equity and inclusion for all, development of surplus Navy properties, diversification of employment sectors and areas of growth, development of green economy sectors, growth of the tax base through development, finding savings through municipal partnerships, identifying alternative revenue streams, and leveraging public-private partnerships.
Community Design & Land Use
By using smart growth planning practices and fostering inter-municipal communication and cooperation, AIPC is balancing land use Island-wide. We work to expand affordable housing options and availability, encourage local farming and food production, preserve landscapes, natural open spaces and outdoor recreation, preserve and restore ecosystems, increase shoreline access for recreation and commercial uses, and allocate space for commercial and industrial growth.
With one shared drinking water system and coastline, Newport, Middletown, and Portsmouth must together counter threats to fresh and salt waters from stormwater and other sources of pollution. Alongside the municipalities and naval station, AIPC works to meet new federal and state mandates for stormwater management, and to upgrade core water, stormwater and wastewater systems. Finally, we are working to prepare for more severe storms and flooding.