What is a Comprehensive Plan?

A comprehensive plan is a tool used to plan for future growth of a city or community. Comprehensive plans establish clear goals and strategies to address a variety of issues, including land use, housing, natural resources, infrastructure, transportation, and education. Most importantly, comprehensive plans...

  • are based on residents' and stakeholders' values and dreams
  • provide a shared vision for the city to guide future growth and development
  • evaluate different scenarios and show potential impacts based on how the city grows
  • provide policies and action items to implement the shared vision

Without a comprehensive plan, it becomes more difficult to adapt to changes and to take advantage of opportunities in the community in which you work, live, and play.