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City Plan Commission chairs reelected

The Providence City Plan Commission voted Tuesday to reelect Stephen Durkee and Harrison Bilodeau to the Commission's chair and vice-chair positions, respectively, according to Robert Azar, director of current planning for the Department of Planning and Development.

Durkee, who was reappointed by Mayor David Cicilline '83 in January, was reelected chair by a unanimous Commission vote. He has served on the Commission for 15 years.

His reelection comes at a "very busy time" for the Commission, he said.

"It's an exciting time in the city, and there's a lot going on," Durkee said, referring to issues like the downtown neighborhood plan and the waterfront. "It's important that we participate in that."

Bilodeau has been with the Commission since around 2001, taking a leave of absence in 2002 to run for City Council and returning in 2003. He is looking forward to continuing the maintenance of Providence and its "natural and built environment," he said.

Seven members serve on the Commission, five of whom the mayor appoints and two who act as ex officio representatives for both the mayor and the City Council president.
Commission members are appointed for five-year terms, with one expiring each year.


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