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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Bringing the Plan to Life

Most planning commissioners realize that all the effort spent on preparing a comprehensive plan will only pay off if the plan’s policies and objectives are implemented. Michael Chandler offers an eight-step process for helping assure that your plan is brought to life.

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Diagnosing Your Community Before You Plan

Too frequently communities plunge into an exhaustive comprehensive planning process without first completing a much quicker “diagnostic study.” Joel Russell explores what’s involved in doing a diagnostic study, and how it can better focus long-range planning efforts.

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Developing the Comprehensive Plan

Michael Chandler on developing the comp plan: Part I: key considerations in putting together a comprehensive plan. Part II: citizen participation methods. Part III: strategies for getting the plan adopted and implemented.