Plans to preserve the rural nature of Route 1 in Charlestown are under consideration. See the Providence Journal article in the Charlestown area edition, published on July 11, and an article in The Day, published on July 16 for details. The report will be made public by the end of the month. From The Day:
Charlestown, R.I. — Maintaining the village and rural character of the Route 1 corridor through South County will be the subject of a Washington County Regional Planning Council meeting on Thursday.
Gates Leighton Associates and Maguire Group, consultants hired by the council, will present a draft report containing zoning and safety suggestions for Route 1 from Westerly to North Kingstown....The consultants, accompanied by planners from the five towns, will be presenting their suggestions to the council and the public and looking for input. Jerome Williams, director of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, is also expected to attend.
Because the report is only a preliminary draft, there will be no documents available to the public at the meeting. Westcott expects the final draft, honed with comments made at the meeting, to be completed by the end of the month. It must be approved by the Rhode Island Division of Planning before it can be released to the public.
The meeting, which is open to the public, will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Kettle Pond Visitor Center, 50 Bend Road in Charlestown. For more information, call (401) 874-6493.