- 7 video lessons (64 Mins)
Browse Course Chapters
2.A Brief History of the Comprehensive Plan6 mins
3.Key Themes6 mins
4.The Planning Process14 mins
5.The Substance of the Plan12 mins
6.Implementation and Beyond13 mins
7.The Comprehensive Plan of the Future5 mins
What You Will Learn
- Trace the evolution of the comprehensive plan from its historic roots to the present day.
- Discover the role of the comprehensive plan in addressing critical 21st century challenges, such as sustainability, resilience, and equity.
- Apply systems thinking to comprehensive planning practice.
- Understand the elements of the planning process and authentic community engagement.
- Delve into the substantive contents of the plan and how they relate to the planning process.
- Understand the requirements for effective plan implementation.
- Explore key directions for the future of comprehensive planning practice.
Planning practice is changing dramatically to address the pressing need for more sustainable, resilient, and equitable communities. As the leading policy document guiding the long-range development of local jurisdictions in the United States, the comprehensive plan has a key role to play in this transition. The typical 20th century comprehensive plan used a top-down planning process, focused on physical development, was organized around siloed elements, and provided limited direction for implementation.
The emerging 21st century model uses robust community engagement to identify shared values and a vision for the future; addresses a broad array of topics such as climate change, public health, and green infrastructure; is organized around crosscutting themes tied to community priorities; and defines an accountable program for implementation.
This course explores the evolution, theory, and practice of comprehensive planning. It begins with an overview of the purpose and importance of the comprehensive plan, its historic development, and the current state of comprehensive planning practice. It then covers the planning process, the substantive contents of the plan, and what is involved in effective implementation. Leading examples of contemporary plans are used throughout the course to illustrate how the comprehensive plan can make a real difference for communities.
Learn these skills
- Civic Engagement
- Economic Development
- Plan Making
- Resilience Planning
- Site Planning
- Zoning Codes
This course is approved for 1 AICP CM credit.