Simply put, a comprehensive plan addresses and plans for a city’s future. It covers a wide variety of topics, such as land use, economic development, transportation, infrastructure, housing, parks, natural resources and more. It recommends policies to address future growth and change, and is typically designed as a technical document to be used only by government officials when making decisions about zoning or capital improvements. You’re probably somewhat familiar with this structure. It’s the structure used for the city’s existing plan, the 2030 Comprehensive Plan.
A great comprehensive plan paints a compelling picture of what the community wants to be in the future – how it would like to grow and change, what it would like to improve, and what it would like to preserve and strengthen for future generations. The most effective plans are those with a strong and aspirational vision for the future. They are based on robust community engagement to identify the needs, values and ambitions of the people who live and conduct business in the city. Great plans provide policies, strategies and priorities for the community to make thoughtful decisions that will advance the city toward its common goal. Most importantly, great plans do not sit on a shelf collecting dust. They are used daily to inform and guide city decision making, budgets, projects, policies and programs.
Our new comprehensive plan is going to be a great plan.