Written and graphic materials that identify the goals, policies, standards, and techniques for the immediate and long term protection, growth and enhancement of a locality.


To create a blueprint for future development and preservation of a community. It is the policy foundation for the community and is the key support for zoning and other land use policies.


For the plan to remain relevant, it must be revisited on an ongoing basis.

Capacity Requirements: to have community support, it must also be developed through a robust public process.


The comprehensive plan can be broadly conceived, touching on almost every issue including both regulatory (types of zoning tools) and non-regulatory techniques (such as acquisition).


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