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    Outsourced comprehensive plans

    For those of you who have recently outsourced County Comprehensive Plans, how much did your consulting firm charge and how long did it take to be completed? Thanks.

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    Hmmm....

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    The cost and the timeframe can very greatly, depending on the content and detail the county is looking for, the size of the county, special focus areas, etc.

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    If you were in Michigan, we could do it for you between $25,000 and $35,000, and would take about 18 to 24 months to complete.

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    Our city paid $49,000 for our 2000 comp plan and not a penny was worth it.
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    Most County plans in Wisconsin are currently being re-sone to be compliant with new (insane) statutory requirements. They are costing well into the low six figures.

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    You're from Rockferd?! Yeesh! Get out! Get out as soon as you can! A decade ago that was one of the most hostile planning environments, with plenty of haphazard development, poor quality, and not much of an interest in really changing that scenario. It was definitley an "all growth is good" mentality. Have things changed?

    Your cost is largely going to depend on the scope of the project. It could start at $50,000 for a bare bones plan, and easily reach $200,000 for all the bells and whistles.
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    Have no recommendation as to cost or who is qualified to produce it.
    We updated ours in house, 2 planners, 1 draftsman, and 2 secretaries.
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    We budgeted $80,000, but it ended up being about $60,000 when the dust cleared away. We had a very responsible consultant that did a beautiful job on our Comprehensive Plan. He just operates in Texas since he is finishing a PhD.

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    I am a subcontractor doing economic analysis for a large land planning firm that's working on a comprehensive plan for a town of 16,000 in Union County, NC (suburban Charlotte). The town is paying $165,000.

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    Quote Originally posted by Chet
    Most County plans in Wisconsin are currently being re-sone to be compliant with new (insane) statutory requirements. They are costing well into the low six figures.

    Good luck getting a grant to help, too!

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    He he he......

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    Good luck getting a grant to help, too!
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    My town recently completed a Master Plan update (http://www.londonderry.org/page.asp?Page_Id=696), which cost us roughly $64K.
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    You might want to change your cyburbia screen name ..........snicker ...... Just my attempt at sophomoric humor.....on a Friday......
    I think sometimes people get confused by the terms "Associate Planner" and "Assistant Planner" because I have been listed as both. Coincidentally, I have also been listed as an "Ass. Planner". It kind of stuck.

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    Since I work for a regional planning council, we sometimes update some of the comp plans for some of the jurisdictions in our area. It truly depends on the size of the jurisdiction, how long it has been since they originally did their plan or had an EAR update (evaluation and appraisal report) and why. If it is a minor update, we will just charge by the hour, but if it is a full scale plan, it could be $50K.

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