A Master Plan is a document that provides a comprehensive long-range guide to manage growth, development and redevelopment in a community for a period of about 20 years. It includes analysis, recommendations and proposals for the community’s population, economy, housing, transportation, community facilities, environmental resources and land use. A Master Plan focuses on the physical layout of various land uses and the compatibility of activities anticipated on the land. It provides a sound basis for any subsequent regulations, policies and programs intended to help achieve the goals laid out in the Master Plan.
The Master Plan is intended as a guide for City officials in land use, development, zoning, and capital improvement decisions. The City should continuously strive to ensure effective use of this document and should reference the Master Plan to:
- Review development proposals – to confirm the proposal meets the vision of the Master Plan
- Review rezoning requests – to confirm the request is consistent with the City’s rezoning criteria including existing conditions, the future land use map, the appropriate timing of the change, consistency with the goals of the Master Plan, and potential impacts on the City
- Provide a basis for amendments to the Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map - to help realize and enforce plan goals
- Understand expectations for the future land use pattern and desired land use types in the community to guide new development and redevelopment
- Identify and recommend physical improvements to important resources such as roadways, access management, streetscape and entryways, sidewalks, parks, and public facilities
- Provide specific design standards related to buildings, landscaping, and other site improvements for development and redevelopment throughout the community