Planning in the Time of COVID-19

APA-RI Continues to Advocate for Amendments to Emergency Orders
The Open Meetings Act (OMA) Emergency Order was extended until July 15, 2020.  While it is largely the same, the update removes the language that virtual meetings are allowed only for "essential purposes," meaning municipalities can use virtual platforms for whatever they please.

If you have any thoughts on how the crisis and the Emergency Order are impacting your ability to conduct municipal business, please write to Jeff Davis, APA-RI President. 

Recorded webinar:
Virtual Public Meetings in RI: What's Working (and What Isn't)

Updates and Useful Information:
Zoom for Public Meetings Implementation Plan from the State of  RI
Recommendations for remote participation from Common Cause RI
Questions and answers from Virtual Meetings webinar 3-31-20
Boston MPO Guidance for Virtual Meetings

Municipal Guidance for Virtual Meetings:
Town of East Greenwich
City of Providence
Town of South Kingstown
South Kingstown sample agenda for a virtual meeting

Guidance from APA National:
Updated weekly with new podcast episodes and blog posts, APA's COVID-19 Resources for Planners is complete with tools to address challenges in #transportation, #landuse and #housing that communities are facing. #PlanningTogether planning.org/covid19
APA Covid-19 Resources
Equity in Virtual Public Engagement

Guidance from the Attorney General’s Office:
Follow this LINK to a quick guide and FAQs on modifications to the Open Meetings Act (OMA) and the Access to Public Records Act (APRA) from the AG's Office.  Remember that the AG's Open Meetings staff are available to help with any questions!

Open Meetings Resources and Considerations: RI League of Cities and Towns
Follow this LINK to a summary of Open Meetings resources and considerations that the League has shared with affiliate members. This will continue to evolve, so please note the date and time at the top as new iterations are shared.

Recorded webinar: "COVID-19 and the Legal Landscape"
Did you miss the webinar on Zoom software and using Roberts Rules for remote meetings? Here is the link to the video.

Rhode Island Planners Listserv:
While it's been dormant for quite some time, we DO have a Rhode Island Planners Listserv. This is a place where we can share ideas with one another as we all go through the trial and error of figuring out this new landscape. Are you testing out new online participation platforms? Do you have questions for your colleagues in other communities or helpful tips?
Please sign up and share here: https://groups.google.com/d/forum/ri-planners


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