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KeepSpace Philosophy Inspires Changes at DEM

R.I. Department of Environmental Management Streamlines Permitting Process for Landmark Community Initiative PROVIDENCE, RI (Sep. 4, 2008) – The Rhode Island Department of …

R.I. Department of Environmental Management Streamlines Permitting Process for Landmark Community Initiative

PROVIDENCE, RI (Sep. 4, 2008) – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is embracing the KeepSpace philosophy of compromise and cooperation.

A partner in the KeepSpace initiative, DEM is streamlining its permitting process to help create the first four KeepSpace Communities: where neighbors meet, people work, children play.

The first KeepSpace Communities were announced in May and include neighborhoods in Cranston, Pawtucket / Central Falls, Providence and Westerly.

To streamline the permitting process, each of these communities will be assigned a DEM Project Review Team, rather than each developer having to seek out every permit separately, as is the current standard practice. This means that – for the first time ever in Rhode Island – all DEM-related permits will be handled cooperatively and cohesively. As the community developments progress, all permit requests will be handled by the assigned team of DEM experts.

“The comprehensive team approach creates a new way for DEM to conduct business that is more efficient for the applicant and the agency,” said DEM Director W. Michael Sullivan, PhD. “The KeepSpace emphasis on environmental stewardship presented the perfect opportunity to implement this approach.”
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