From Our Executive Director

Dear Friends of Aquidneck Island,

As we enter 2020, I think back to less than two years ago, when I first came to Aquidneck Island to lead the AIPC. I didn’t really know anybody, wasn’t well-versed in many of the Island’s issues, and not familiar with the communities which the Commission serves. But since my arrival, I have felt a part of our Island community and have worked with the AIPC Board and staff to strengthen our effectiveness in addressing the key concerns facing our residents.

In 2020, the AIPC will:

  • Bring in resources to help mitigate the impacts of stormwater run-off and threats to our clean water reservoirs through our Island Water Initiative.
  • Lead a regional initiative to re-imagine the West Side of the Island as it holds the economic and community-building potential of Aquidneck Island.
  • Continue to convene Island residents and stakeholders in our Smart Island Series to address key issues on our island, starting with our Housing Forum in Spring 2020.

These are just a few of the projects and civic activities which the AIPC will be leading in the coming year. We hope that you’ll continue to engage with and support the AIPC as we work together to build a more prosperous Aquidneck Island in which all its residents can live, work, play, and thrive.

John Shea
Aquidneck Island Planning Commission
Executive Director

Read more from John.

Last spring, the AIPC endeavored to start a continuing conversation about housing on Aquidneck Island with the Smart Island Housing Forum: Envisioning the Housing Future for Aquidneck Island in March 2019

The event brought together residents, employers, senior citizens, non-profits, municipalities, builders, planners, elected officials, and others to build a common vision for a housing future for our community.

The findings from that forum have been released and the full report is available for download on our website. We look forward to continuing the conversation this year.

Check back soon for a save the date for this year’s event!

Show Your Support for the Future of Aquidneck Island

For over three decades, the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission (AIPC) has worked to preserve and improve the environment, economy, and quality of life on Aquidneck Island. 

While we rely on grants from private foundations, state and federal agencies, and our three Island municipalities to fund our primary programs, we would not be able to have these conversations without financial support from individual members of our community. 

We ask you to please make a tax-deductible gift to invest in the future of your Island. AIPC is an integral, unbiased voice in a time when we are more divided than ever.

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