Comprehensive Plan

View of green grass lawn and downtown Milwaukee skyline

Proposal Focuses on Downtown Milwaukee Revitalization

A city plan calls for reimagining an elevated freeway that cuts through downtown communities and redeveloping public properties.

April 28, 2023 - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Two-way bike lane in downtown Seattle, Washington protected wtih concrete curbs

Seattle Planning Commission Urges Reimagining of the City’s Streets

In a set of recommendations submitted to the city, the commission calls for revised land use and transportation policies that reclaim public space from cars and shift focus away from vehicle throughput to more pedestrian-oriented uses.

November 7, 2022 - The Urbanist

Governors Island - South Island Rezoning

What Are Zoning Amendments?

Zoning amendments change the existing zoning code by either of two methods: changing the text of the zoning code or changing the zoning map.

September 8, 2022 - James Brasuell

Aerial view of waterfront houses in Seattle, Washington

Seattle Works To Revise Comprehensive Plan

The city has developed five concepts for updating its comprehensive plan to increase density and reverse the legacy of exclusionary zoning.

August 7, 2022 - Crosscut


What Should the ‘Next Seattle’ Look Like?

With the city getting ready to update its comprehensive plan, one writer examines some models for improving affordability, accessibility, and community in Seattle.

July 14, 2022 - The Urbanist

Seattle Construction

Seattle Ponders a New Approach to Zoning for its Comprehensive Plan Update

The city of Seattle will have an updated comprehensive plan by the end of 2024, with zoning changes to follow by 2025.

June 28, 2022 - The Urbanist

A map showing proposed zones for future development in the city of Rochester, New York.

Rochester, New York Drafts a Zoning Map to Match its New Comprehensive Plan

The Rochester 2034 Zoning Alignment Project is implementing the award-winning Rochester 2034 Comprehensive Plan.

February 15, 2022 - WXXI News

Garden City

What Is the Garden City Movement?

Born as a reaction to the crowded, dirty conditions in turn-of-the-century London and other industrial cities, the Garden City movement offers an idealized planned community designed to join elements of town and country.

December 27, 2021 - Diana Ionescu

Single-Family Neighborhood

A Battle Brews Over Housing Density In Seattle

The newly elected Seattle City Council will take up the debate over single-family zoning in the city.

November 23, 2021 - Crosscut

Klyde Warren Park

Dallas Launches New Comprehensive Plan Process—15 Years After ForwardDallas

The city of Dallas adopted the ForwardDallas plan in 2006, setting a grand ambition for a more walkable, transit-friendly city. Some of the work toward that vision will have to continue with the next comprehensive plan.

September 9, 2021 - The Dallas Morning News

D.C. Comp Plan

What Are Comprehensive Plans?

The comprehensive plan, sometimes also referred to as a master plan or a general plan, is the foundational document of long-term planning and zoning in the United States.

June 23, 2021 - James Brasuell

D.C. Land Use Map

D.C. Comprehensive Plan Update Needs Equity Improvements, Report Says

The new D.C. Office of Equity has produced an evaluation of proposed changes to the D.C. Comprehensive Plan.

April 22, 2021 - DCist

New York Historic map

New York City Aims for Comprehensive Long-Range Planning

The city's proposed comprehensive planning bill could create a more equitable and collaborative planning process

March 4, 2021 - Gotham Gazette

BLM Plaza, Washington, D.C.

Comprehensive Plan Update Stokes Controversy in D.C.

Complex political dynamics are mustering for a showdown over D.C.'s comprehensive plan.

March 3, 2021 - The Washington Post

Tysons Corner

The Great Retrofit: Transforming Tysons With Walkable Residential Development

A 2010 comprehensive plan set a goal to add 100,000 residential units with walkable access to public transit to this unincorporated corner of Fairfax County in Northern Virginia.

June 14, 2020 - Greater Greater Washington

D.C. Comp Plan

What Is a Comprehensive Plan?

The comprehensive plan, sometimes also referred to as a master plan or a general plan, is the foundational document of long-term planning and zoning in the United States.

March 9, 2020 - James Brasuell


A Small City in Suburban New Jersey Plans for its Future

Questions of density and demographics are challenging a planning process in Ridgewood, New Jersey—the first plan update in the village in more than 30 years.

March 9, 2020 - NorthJersey

Middlesex County Massachusetts

Details of a New Master Plan for Massachusetts Suburb

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council guided the town of North Reading, located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, through a new master planning process.

December 22, 2019 - Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Mount Rainier

An Incremental Upzoning Approved in Tacoma

Though it stops well short of a citywide upzoning, the city of Tacoma has still expanded its planned development envelope by upzoning residential neighborhoods around the city.

December 5, 2019 - The Urbanist


Vancouver Launches a New Citywide Planning Process

The first days of public engagement for Vancouver's new citywide plan began this week in Vancouver.

November 17, 2019 - Vancouver Sun

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