Land Use – Publications

The Comprehensive Plan (ID-234-W) – Indraneel Kumar, Val Slack

A community needs a comprehensive plan to serve as the compass for its future course. However, the ability and will to prepare and implement the plan is also critical. This publication describes the “why, what, and how” of a comprehensive plan and focuses on the process and the contents.

A Planning & Zoning Glossary (ID-228-W) – Indraneel Kumar

Confused about plans, districts, zones, codes, and more? Knowing and using a common vocabulary of planning and zoning terms will help you understand planning and zoning issues and communicate in a better way. This article describes the ABCs of Planning and Zoning. The various common terms used in planning are defined with examples of how and when they are used.

Welcome to the Plan Commission or Board of Zoning Appeals (ID-511-W) – Jeff Burbrink

Are you new to the local Plan Commission or the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA)? This article give an introduction to plan commissions and BZAs, the roles and responsibilities of both the groups and their individual members, what to expect at meetings, and where to go for further information.

Assessing Your Comprehensive Plan (ID-227-W) – Dan Walker

A comprehensive plan helps communities identify their shared goals and guides development policies that allow the community to reach those goals. It is the responsibility of a plan commission to develop the comprehensive plan, incorporating input from a wide range of stakeholders. This article describes the comprehensive plan, how it's created and when to make revisions to that plan. ​