What is a Comprehensive Plan?

A comprehensive plan is…

  • A legislative document
  • An official policy statement for private development projects and community expenditures
  • A vision of the future
  • The foundation for land use decisions

What is Planning?

Planning is a collaborative process which ultimately defines a community’s vision for the future. This process includes articulating the values of the community, preparing for the future, and creating sound policies.

Why are we planning?

A Comprehensive Plan establishes the long-term community vision which defines the quantity of growth, quality of growth and location of growth that the community desires.

What function will a good plan serve?

  • Preserves limited and natural resources
  • Guides future development
  • Communicates a realistic vision
  • Mitigates potential negative impacts
  • Provides a legal basis for land use regulations
  • Guides capital improvements