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Title: A Framework for Comprehensive Planning


1
A Framework for Comprehensive Planning
  • City of Sunset Valley

2
What is a Comprehensive Plan?
A Framework for Planning Comprehensive Plan
  • A comprehensive plan is a long-range plan
    intended to help communities direct and manage
    their physical growth

3
Why Plan?
A Framework for Planning Comprehensive Plan
  • Direct a communitys physical growth
  • Ensure that adequate infrastructure and services
    are provided and that social needs are met
  • Preserve quality of life
  • Achieve a common vision for the future

4
Typical Plan Elements
A Framework for Planning Comprehensive Plan
  • Demographics
  • Land Use
  • Transportation
  • Environment Natural Resources
  • Economic Development
  • Parks Recreation
  • Schools
  • Housing
  • Community Facilities
  • Utilities
  • Community Design
  • Historical Cultural Resources
  • Telecommunications

5
Other strategic documents that should be tied to
master plan
A Framework for Planning Comprehensive Plan
  • Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances
  • Environmental Studies
  • Capital Improvement Plan
  • Public Facilities
  • City strategic plan
  • Economic Development documents
  • Should be mutually reinforcing relationship!

6
Typical Plan Making Process
A Framework for Planning Comprehensive Plan
Public Participation
Implementation Strategies
Policies
Preferred Future Scenarios
Goals and Objectives
Studies of Existing Conditions
7
Typical plan horizons
A Framework for Planning
Comprehensive Plan
  • Typical period envisioned in plan
  • 20-25 years
  • Time after which most plans need substantial
    updates 5-7 years

8
To plan or not to plan
A Framework for Planning Comprehensive Plan
  • Benefits of new plan
  • Reflects new development since last plan
  • Reflects current issues facing city
  • Incorporates any new statutes/legal issues
    affecting city

9
To plan or not to plan
A Framework for Planning Comprehensive Plan
  • Consequences of not making new plan
  • Existing plan will contain dated information
  • Existing plan may differ from newer studies,
    documents and policies
  • Existing plan may not be able to withstand legal
    challenges

10
Options for updating plan
A Framework for Planning Comprehensive Plan
  • Simple update (only update outdated information)
  • Revision (update policy and text in existing
    format)
  • New plan (both policy and text are completely
    new)

11
New Plan Options
A Framework for Planning Comprehensive Plan
  • Traditional plan structure
  • Chapters based on standard list of subjects
  • Innovative structure
  • Approach based on core theme or themes, with
    content covered in untraditional manner

12
Innovative Example Baltimore
A Framework for Planning Comprehensive Plan
13
Issues special to Sunset Valley
A Framework for Planning Comprehensive Plan
  • Heavy retail/commercial component
  • Economy and market area considerations
  • Changing commercial development styles
  • Unique stakeholder composition
  • Need for regional coordination/services
  • Local environmental concerns

14
Future Land Use Map
A Framework for Planning Comprehensive Plan
15
Future Land Use Map issues
A Framework for Planning Comprehensive Plan
  • Most important component of plan
  • Most readers first stop
  • Often mistaken for plan itself
  • Many readers only stop!

16
Future Land Use Map approaches
A Framework for Planning Comprehensive Plan
  • SpecificNearly a zoning map, with high level of
    consistency expected
  • Broaddesigned to be conceptual and flexible

17
Approaches to proposals not on map
A Framework for Planning Comprehensive Plan
  • Specificrequire a map amendment if differing
    proposal accepted
  • ---also more difficult to adapt to variations
  • BroadMap adjusted next time around
  • --May lead to diminished credibility of map and
    plan if city does not comply with it

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Make it the Citys Plan
A Framework for Planning Comprehensive Plan
  • Use as opportunity to bring agencies, elected
    officials and stakeholders together
  • Make other city actions follow through on plan
    (CIP, agency strategic plans, legislative agenda)
  • Roll other existing plans into new plan

19
Really make it the Citys plan
A Framework for Planning Comprehensive Plan
  • Work carefully with consultants and/or committee
    and staff to make sure citys vision is truly
    being reflected and local ideas and opinions are
    reflected.

20
Use the plan as marketing/identity-defining
document
A Framework for Planning Comprehensive Plan
  • Use it as an opportunity to assess the
    communitys identity among residents, businesses
    and other users of the community
  • Use it to market or define Sunset Valley within
    the region

21
Make the plan implementable
A Framework for Planning Implementation
  • Make all goals, objectives and strategies real
    actions with measurable outcomes
  • Avoid passive verbs for all recommendations
  • Assign responsible parties and implementation
    dates

22
For more information.
A Framework for Planning Comprehensive Plan
  • American Planning Association
    http//www.planning.org/
  • Urban Land Institute http//www.uli.org/
  • PlannersWeb http//www.plannersweb.com/
  • Cyburbia http//www.cyburbia.org/
  • PlanningWiki http//www.planningwiki.org/
  • CAPCOG http//www.capcog.org

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David Fowler, AICPSenior Planner Regional
PlanningCapital Area Council of
Governmentsdfowler_at_capcog.orgwww.capcog.org
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