Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Community Planning (MCP)


Community Planning and Area Development

First Advisor

John J. Kupa


This report addresses the problem faced by the City of Cranston, Rhode Island, of how to provide adequate public facilities for city residents in response to rapid expansion of residential construction. Six functional areas of public facilities are the main focus of this analysis. They are education, libraries, recreation, roadways, police and fire protection.

The method of this analysis focuses on assessing the City's current inventory of public facilities, projecting needs into the future, and determining their costs as related to those responsible for the growth in that time frame. The formula for the impact fee is based on the population growth, needs projection, cost of facilities in current dollars, and adjustments made necessary by existing deficiencies or anticipated outside financial aid. Three scenarios are developed which are based on different zoning configurations west of Interstate Route 295. A full set of impact fees are proposed for each scenario.

Through this analysis it was found that four of the six functional areas studied could benefit from imposition of an impact fee on new developments and legally defended in court if need be. A number of implementation options were considered resulting in proposals for amendment of the Cranston Building Code and the Cranston Subdivision Regulations.



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