What is a Comprehensive Plan?
A Comprehensive Plan illustrates what a community looks like today and what direction to take in the future; it includes assessments of existing resources, projections of future conditions and needs, and consideration of collective goals and desires.
The Comprehensive Plan acts as a policy guide and provides a framework for future decision-making in terms of community character, development types and the fiscal impacts of those decisions. The Comprehensive plan is the primary tool to translate the community's values into specific actions.
It is closely integrated with other municipal documents and initiatives, such as the recently completed Strategic Plan for the City Council.
The Comprehensive Plan also sets the stage to refine zoning standards, park design standards, and other policies such as preservation.