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Introduction to Planning: The Comprehensive Plan

In this course we will discuss the comprehensive plan, sometimes called a “master plan” or a “general plan.”

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Course Info

  • Duration 9 video lessons (56 Mins)
  • Published Published
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  • 1. Introduction (1 min)
  • 2. Overview (7 mins)
  • 3. What Makes a Plan Comprehensive? (7 mins)
  • 4. Projecting Population (5 mins)
  • 5. Projecting Land Demand (13 mins)
  • 6. Considering Capacity (7 mins)
  • 7. Goals or Vision - Where Do We Want To Go? (4 mins)
  • 8. Mapping the Future (5 mins)
  • 9. Publishing the Plan (3 mins)

Course Description

In this course we will discuss the comprehensive plan, sometimes called a “master plan” or a “general plan.” A comprehensive plan serves as the foundation for good planning for local governments in the United States—and as the foundation for the “Introduction to Planning” series developed by Professor Kelly. The discussion here will include the key elements that make a plan “comprehensive” and a review of user-friendly formatting considerations. At the end of this discussion, a participant should be able to evaluate the completeness and usefulness of an adopted (or draft) local comprehensive plan.

Learn these skills

  • Land Use
  • Plan Making
  • Regulations
  • Zoning Codes


This course is approved for 1 AICP CM credit.


This course is approved for 1 SACPLAN CPD point.

Meet Your Instructor

Eric Damian Kelly

Eric Damian Kelly

Eric Damian Kelly is a lawyer and planner with more than 35 years of experience working with local governments on issues in planning and land-use regulation.

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