The major responsibility of the Planning division of development services is to implement the policies, recommendations, and action items contained within the City’s Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan
is a framework for guiding future development, redevelopment, and community enhancement and planning over the 20-year planning horizon. The purpose is to establish a vision with realistic goals and achievable strategies, which residents, business / land owners, institutions / civic groups, advisory committees, and public officials will support with action in the future.
A Living Document
The Comprehensive Plan is to be a “living document,” that is, a document that is frequently referred to for guidance in community decision making. Its assumptions, goals, policies, and action strategies must also be revisited periodically to ensure that it is providing clear and reliable direction on a range of matters, including, among others, land development issues and public investments in infrastructure and services.
Implementation is about more than a list of action. It is a process that will require the commitment of the City’s elected and appointed officials, staff, residents, business owners, major institutions, other levels of government and organizations, and individuals who will serve as champions of the Plan and its directions and strategies. Equally important are formal procedures for the ongoing monitoring and reporting of successes achieved, obstacles encountered, new opportunities and challenges that have emerged, and any other change in circumstances which may require rethinking of plan priorities.