What is a Comprehensive Plan?

Comprehensive plans are the centerpiece of local planning efforts. A comprehensive plan articulates a series of goals and policies that are intended to guide the decisions of elected officials and local government staff. The Comprehensive Plan provides long range policy direction for land use, transportation, economic development, housing, capital facilities, utilities, parks and recreation, and natural environment. It lays out a community vision and priorities and describes, where, how, and in some cases when development should occur.

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1. What is a Comprehensive Plan?
2. What is the Growth Management Act?
3. Why do we need a Comprehensive Plan?
4. How do I submit changes, make recommendations, or stay involved in the process?
5. Who is responsible for developing and approving the Comprehensive Plan?
6. What is the difference between comprehensive plans and zoning?