Comprehensive Plan

October 16, 2015, 2pm PDT
The Anchorage Assembly has updated its land use regulations to allow taller apartments and spur redevelopment and infill in neighborhoods near major transit corridors and the employment centers of Downtown and Midtown.
Alaska Dispatch News
September 17, 2015, 8am PDT
Charles Marohn, known as a reformed traffic engineer that launched Strong Towns, recently debated Randall O'Toole, known as the anti-planner. Recommended for understanding the conflicts that arise on the right side of the political spectrum.
Strong Towns
Feature
July 6, 2015, 10am PDT
In this interview for the "Planners Across America" series, Ken Bowers, AICP, discusses how the city of Raleigh will rely on the city's new comprehensive plan and development code to accommodate 100,000 new residents by 2030.
Josh Stephens
Blog post
June 2, 2015, 2pm PDT
How do you collect public comments on a web-based PDF planning document? It should be simple. But it isn't.
Chris Steins
February 9, 2015, 9am PST
The city of Albuquerque joins the ranks of the cities around the country overhauling their zoning and planning mechanisms.
Albuquerque Journal
May 21, 2013, 6am PDT
Liven up your comprehensive planning effort Texas style. Matthew Lewis, Development Director for the city of San Marcos, used everything from Legos to "design rodeos" (i.e. Texas charrettes) to get to common ground.
PlaceShakers
March 8, 2012, 2pm PST
After a two-year effort, the City of El Paso adopted a new comprehensive plan this week. Based on smart growth and sustainability principles, author Kaid Benfield calls it "among the best, most articulate comprehensive plans" he's ever seen.
Switchboard
Blog post
October 4, 2011, 8pm PDT

In many ways, the Great Recession has been a frightening time for planners. As development slowed, the flow of applications submitted for new development slowed from its torrent at the height of the housing boom to the trickle it is today.  With the decline in applications came a decline in workload for public-sector planners working in current planning roles and a decline in revenue for the jurisdictions that employed them.  The end result was hundreds of planners being laid off, and private-sector planning firms competing with one another for ever-decreasing shares of work from public- and private-sector clients.

Justin Steinmann
September 21, 2011, 5am PDT
Trans_City Architecture and Urbanism have unveiled a comprehensive plan for Jacmel, Haiti. Highlights of the plan, which took a year and a half to draw up, include prefab homes that work around the city's "topographical challenges."
International Business Times
Blog post
September 15, 2011, 9am PDT

 

It is conventional wisdom in some circles that “comprehensive planning” and sprawl are polar opposites- that planning is the enemy of sprawl.

But in fact, a comprehensive plan is almost as likely as a zoning code to be pro-sprawl.  Many of the land use policies that make suburbs automobile-dependent (such as wide roads, long blocks, low density, single-use zoning, etc.) can just as easily be found in a comprehensive plan. 

Michael Lewyn
August 16, 2011, 9am PDT
Community leaders argue that the recently approved Philadelphia comprehensive plan does more for developers than the working class in this op-ed.
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 9, 2011, 1pm PDT

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission adopted the Citywide Vision portion of a new comprehensive plan - the first such venture in five decades.

PlanPhilly.com
December 7, 2010, 10am PST
Today Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced the ambitious 'Green 2015' plan to turn approximately 500 acres of city land into public green space over the next five years, with a focus on bringing parks to currently underserved communities.
PlanPhilly
July 16, 2009, 1pm PDT
Salon's Michael Lind argues that attempts to create "comprehensive reform" of anything is a recipe for disaster.
Salon.com
June 17, 2009, 6am PDT
South Walton is considering pass a height ordinance to limit the buildings to 50 feet.
Northwest Florida Daily News
March 22, 2009, 7am PDT
A new comprehensive plan being released in Raleigh has many -- both in and out of the city -- wondering what's the best way to grow in the post-sprawl world.
Raleigh Durham Independent Weekly
May 12, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Melbourne, Australia, has its own brand of suburban sprawl: suburbia without the space. A new comprehensive plan aims to address the woes of suburban Melbourne, but some say it doesn't go far enough.</p>
The Age
May 1, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>Blueprint Denver, the city's comprehensive plan, calls for preserving single-family neighborhoods. But the recent move by the city council to reduce the allowed density in two communities has some residents and developers unhappy.</p>
The Rocky Mountain News
Blog post
March 7, 2007, 11am PST

During my term of office as president of the American Planning Association, I made my theme “telling the planning story.” My point then – and today – is that we need to do a better job of explaining to our many publics what it is that planners do and why it makes a difference.

Eric Damian Kelly