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Planning 101

An Introduction to Comprehensive Planning

What is a comprehensive plan?
A comprehensive plan is a written document identifying goals, policies, and strategies for the growth and development of a community.  The plan reflects community values and provides a guide for making land use changes, planning capital improvement programs, and directing future growth. 
  
Comprehensive plans often address the topics of land use; economic development; neighborhood vitality; urban design; infrastructure and transportation; parks, open space, and the environment; and special districts within the city. Most importantly, the plan should address those opportunities and issues that will affect the city's growth, development, and vitality in the future.

Why have we created the Envision Garland plan?
The City of Garland is legally required to have and maintain a comprehensive plan.  Garland's first comprehensive plan was developed in the 1960s.  The most recent plan was initially developed in the 1980s and has been periodically updated. Envision Garland is the next comprehensive plan that addresses the community's future through 2030. 

How will Envision Garland affect my property?
The Envision Garland plan does not impact current zoning regulations or property usage. A comprehensive plan is a written document identifying goals, policies, and strategies for the growth and development of a community.  The plan reflects the community's vision for its future and provides a guide for making future decisions.

How has the public been involved in Envision Garland?
Garland citizens and the City of Garland have been working together on Envision Garland for over two years.  Several hundred Garland stakeholders have particiapted in the development of Envision Garland.  Their hopes and vision for our community's future have been sought by the City through surveys, community workshops, and other public outreach activities.  Local Garland stakeholder input and vision are the foundation of Envision Garland, and that public support has been invaluable.

A summary of public input methods and events can be reviewed through the Community Visioning Workshop Report and the Growing the Vision Workshop Series Report. Additional information about the public input process can be found in the plan document itself.
 
The Plan Commission and City Council has hosted a series of public hearings on Envision Garland to discuss the draft comprehensive plan. These public hearings were televised on CGTV and can now be viewed on CGTV's Streaming Video website

All downloadable documents are in Adobe PDF format, unless otherwise noted.