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Planning and Architectural Review Committee

Planning and Architectural Review Committee The Planning and Architectural Review (PAR) Committee serves as the society’s primary planning and design review body. Through our cooperative design review process, PPS seeks to promote a respect for the scale, rhythm, and patterns of urban development in Providence, a sensitivity to historic buildings, neighborhoods and landscapes, and thoughtful urban design and planning to benefit Providence culturally, economically, and environmentally.

PPS offers free assistance of the Committee to any project sponsors engaged in Providence. Local professionals in the fields of architecture, planning, preservation, and historic rehabilitation comprise the PAR committee which reviews and advises on rehabilitation of historic properties, new construction in historic areas and urban design issues. PPS's participation in the design review process has established its credibility as arbiter and advocate.

PAR has offered comment on scores of building projects and planning studies that have helped to shape Providence. The Committee reviews and comments on projects involving residential, commercial and institutional properties with a whole-city view, and a value placed on partnerships and collaborations. Examples of projects reviewed include design guidelines for downtown, institutional master plans, plans for neighborhood redevelopment, applications for zoning variances, waterfront planning and development guidelines, demolition requests, transportation planning, and many other projects.

The society invites project sponsors and designers to present rehabilitation or new construction projects that might affect historic buildings or neighborhoods to the Committee for input and dialogue on planning and architectural issues. The Committee provides project sponsors with advice and expertise from a preservation perspective. The Committee’s comments and recommendations are written in a letter to the project sponsor and PPS staff may continue to work with the sponsor throughout the project. The Committee may also forward its opinion to the PPS Board of Trustees for ratification as the Society’s official position on the issue.

It has always been PPS’s role to offer public comment on projects that affect our city’s historic resources. PPS routinely reviews and testifies on applications that are submitted to the Historic District Commission, the Downcity Design Review Committee, the Zoning Board of Review, the City Plan Commission, and the Capital Center Commission.

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