​​​​​​​Peter Friedrichs, born and raised in New Hampshire, has served as City Planner for Newport, RI and Director of Planning and Economic Development for Central Falls, RI, in addition to private sector planning, design, and consulting roles. He has served as staff for two municipal planning boards, a zoning board, and a redevelopment agency and has served both in the civil service and as a mayoral appointee with a multimillion dollar budget and half a dozen staff. Peter has written several municipal ordinances and has been involved in the passage of several state laws. He has been awarded by regional planning, smart growth, and new urbanism organizations. Peter has worked in the real estate and construction industries and is familiar with project financing methodologies.
Selected Positions
Associate, Gobis & Co., Newport, Rhode Island 2021-Present
Director of Innovative Initiatives, The Policastro Group, Providence, Rhode Island 2018-Present
City Planner, City of Newport, Rhode Island 2019-2021
Director of Planning and Economic Development, City of Central Falls, Rhode Island 2015 - 2018
Planner, Shepley Bulfinch, Boston, Massachusetts 2012 - 2014
Selected Awards
Rhode Island Chapter of the American Planning Association-
Excellent Plan Award for the North End Urban Plan, 2022
Grow Smart Rhode Island  Policy Award (2018)
Congress for the New Urbanism - New England Policy Award (2018)
American Planning Association - Rhode Island Chapter Neighborhood Plan
of the Year Award (2017)
Member, Transportation Committee, New York City Bar Association 2022-Present
Member, American Planning Association (APA) 2016-Present
Member, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, APA-Rhode Island 2020-Present
Member, Technical Committee, Rhode Island State Planning Council 2021
Member, Summit Planning Committee, Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition 202
Urbanist, Congress for the New Urbanism 2015-Present
Member, New York City Bar Association 2022-Present
Member, Congress for the New Urbanism – New England Chapter 2011-Present
Member, American Constitution Society, New York Law School 2021-Present
Member, Criminal Law Society, New York Law School 2021-Present
Member, New York State Bar Association 2021-Present
Member, New York County Lawyers Association 2021-Present
Co-Chair, Technical Assistance Panel, CNU New England 2015
New York Law School, New York, New York 2021-2024
Projected Degree: Juris Doctor
Executive Education Certificate Course: Comparative Tax Policy and Administration
Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2016
Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut 2010
Licenses and Certifications
Professional Designation, American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) 2019-present
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