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    Info on comprehensive planning

    Hi everyone.

    I'm new here and this is my first thread. This is a very nice forum.

    I am an architect(2004) and I am now studying to obtain a Master's degree in Urban Planning.

    My supervisor asked me to prepare a seminar on comprehensive planning.

    I have been searching the web for some days now, and still did not find anything detailed enough.

    Actually, I found some nice threads in the Cyburbia forums regarding CP, but still need more detailing.

    Can you please provide some info or web sites with free and detailed info on comprehensive planning?

    Thanks alot.

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    Cyburbian Masswich's avatar
    Nov 2002
    Ocean to the east, land to the west
    That's a big topic. Start with the basics:


    Once you get past that it gets a lot more complicated because different states/countries have different requirements.

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    Cyburbian Cardinal's avatar
    Aug 2001
    The Cheese State
    You might want to check out your state's legislation on the subject. Some are very specific as to the required contents.
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    Cyburbian otterpop's avatar
    Jul 2003
    Down by Dun Ringill
    Blog entries
    As Masswich stated this is a big subject.

    Cardinal is right on the nose about checking with state statutes on comprehensive planning. Comp plans can be very area-specific. For example, Montana has guidlines about what must be in a growth policy (what we call a comprehensive plan).

    Fortunately many cities and counties have their comp plans on line. Start with your own city or county. Different states have different requirements. What is great for the Midwest won't necessarily fly for the Interior West and vice versa.

    I am currently updating my county's growth policy.

    Good luck.

    My advice: read growth policies early in the morning. An afternoon or evening read will likely be followed by an unscheduled nap
    "I am very good at reading women, but I get into trouble for using the Braille method."

    ~ Otterpop ~

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    Thanks a lot.

    Anyway, I made more searching, and I found this excellent book, free to download.


    If you want to download the pages directly to your hard disk, use this other link (which you can get by clicking on HTML)


    Then download the .djvu file

    You will need the djvu reader, you can get it here:


    Just download the djvu Solo 3.1

    You can later convert it to pdf if you want.

    This is an excellent book on comprehensive (general) planning.

    Best regards.

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