Technical Committee

The State Planning Council's Technical Committee is a permanent advisory committee that reviews the Statewide Planning Program staff work on major plans and provides other advice as requested by the State Planning Council. Membership of the Technical Committee parallels that of the State Planning Council, with representatives of state agencies, local governments, citizens from different areas of the state, and federal advisory members. An Assistant Chief of Statewide Planning serves as Secretary. The Committee is intended to ensure representation of diverse interests and views in the Statewide Planning Program's activities.

Many of the activities of the Technical Committee parallel those of the State Planning Council. The Committee holds regular monthly meetings and reviews staff reports throughout the year. State Guide Plan elements and documents are reviewed by the Technical Committee before being recommended to the State Planning Council for action.

Technical Committee Members

  • Jeffrey Davis, AICP, Chair, RI Chapter of the American Planning Association
  • Nicole LaFontaine, AICP, Vice-Chair; Director, North Kingstown Planning Department
  • Roberta Groch, AICP, Secretary, Division of Statewide Planning
  • Teresa Crean, AICP- Director, Barrington Planning Department
  • Raymond Goff, Town Planner- Burrillville Planning Department
  • Lea Hitchen, Director- Portsmouth Planning Department
  • Thomas Kravitz, Director- Warwick Planning Department
  • Nancy Letendre, AICP- Director, Westerly Planning Department
  • Alison Ring, AICP- Town Planner, New Shoreham Planning Department
  • Jane Weidman, AICP- Town Planer, Charlestown Planning Department
  • James Vandermillen, Director- Central Falls Planning & Economic Development

For more information about the Technical Committee, including meeting schedule, agendas and minutes, please visit the Rhode Island Secretary of State's

Groch, Roberta 
Assistant Chief, AICP

Phone: (401) 222-4720