TCRPC has assisted municipalities and counties with developing a comprehensive plan. A comprehensive plan is a document prepared by a community that answers 3 questions:
By answering these questions during a public process that engages citizens, elected officials, and community staff members, a comprehensive plan serves as a guide for a community to take action to improve its future.
A comprehensive plan consists of three parts: an inventory of existing conditions, a vision statement, and an action plan. The inventory of existing conditions answers the question, “Where are we now?” It includes analysis of data and identification of trends to arrive at projections pertaining to land use, population, housing, economic development, transportation, community infrastructure, natural resources, and other components. The strengths and weaknesses of a community also are identified during this step.
The vision statement answers the question, “What do we want to be in the future?” It is based on existing conditions, strengths and weaknesses, and community input. The vision presents a picture of what the community desires to be.
The action plan answers the question, “How do we get there?” It consists of goals devised for the community and objectives that, when completed, achieve the goals. The action plan also includes a future land use map, which identifies the areas of a community best suited for residential, commercial, open space, and other uses. By including an inventory of existing conditions, a vision statement, and an action plan, a comprehensive plan is based on real data, projects a realistic vision, and provides a realistic blueprint for community improvement.
A comprehensive plan has other benefits as well. It serves as a source of information for prospective residents and businesses considering relocating to the community. It makes a community attractive by showing others that the community is dedicated to positive change. It provides a defensible legal basis for zoning and other decisions. Whether a community is expected to change a little or change a lot, a comprehensive plan is a valuable asset.
If you would like to learn more about how TCRPC can help your community craft a comprehensive plan, please contact us.
TCRPC can provide development review services for local governments. These services consist of reviewing applications for subdivisions, rezonings, and special use permits, gathering information about the proposed site and proposed use, and presenting information to the government body charged with rendering a decision at a public hearing. If you would like to learn more about how TCRPC can provide development review services for your community, please contact us.
TCRPC can draft and revise ordinances for local governments that pertain to many different aspects of development. Past examples of ordinances completed by TCRPC address ravine protection, stormwater management, highway access, and small wind energy. If you would like to learn more about how TCRPC can assist your community with ordinance development, please contact us.
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