Comprehensive Planning

One of the key responsibilities of every planning commission is developing the local comprehensive plan. These articles & postings provide a treasure trove of suggestions, ideas, and resources.

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C is for Comprehensive Plan

C is for Comprehensive Plan

A community’s comprehensive plan is not just a file cabinet full of plans for future streets; parks and recreation; housing; and so on. More importantly, it is an integrated statement of the aspirations of the community designed to achieve a broad array of community objectives.

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K is for Knowledge

What might be termed the “classic” planning process, as developed in the early decades of the 20th century, followed three sequential steps: (1) data gathering; (2) plan making; and (3) plan implementation. This “classic” planning approach, however, was critically flawed in two ways.