A Comprehensive Plan provides a clear record of the community's goals and visions and supplies guidance for future municipal decisions. A Comprehensive Plan is firmly grounded in assessments of the existing natural, physical, social, and economic conditions of the community. Public input, comments, and support are gathered at each stage of the planning process, in order to educate the public, foster local leadership, and ensure that the Plan is representative of the will of the people. Individual plan elements reflect these inputs and are synchronized to create coordinated directives for desired development in the future. Finally, an implementation strategy is prepared to guide realization of the Comprehensive Plan and of the community’s vision.
A Comprehensive Plan prepared with these methods and components will be a record of publicly derived vision that directs decision-making and actions by elected officials and City staff in matters of all scales.