If there’s a state government agency on which Rhode Islanders should keep a watchful eye, but that slip below the radar most of the time, it’s the State Planning Council. Roland Lavallee has been providing some eyes and ears:
The State Planning Council is proposing changes to the Transportation Improvement Program known as TIP. The proposed changes to the guide plans would severely limit public input on future transportation projects. The limitations would include a reduction in time for public notice to hearings from 30 days to 10, eliminate hearings at the planning stage, remove requirements for public workshops for applicants and to shorten the public comment period.