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    Shortest comp plan you have seen

    I posted a similar thread in the land use and zoning section about ordinances. It seems there is a reluctance to create our plans with brevity. Though, I suppose if a community is paying a lot of money for a plan they don't want a 50 page document.

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    A lot of comp plans from the 1950s and 1960s are very brief by today's standards.. On my desk is a regional comp plan from 1959. 32 pages. There was still quite a bit of fluff, such as a long history section.

    The topical and geographic granularity of contemporary comprehensive plans lend to their size. The old plans usually had no topical elements, and no appendices where you "show your work". Future land use maps has little explanation for their form; why one area was slated for commercial and another for residential. Generally, the old plans included an intro, basic background/SWOT, some very broad goals and policies, a land use map, and a note about implementation.
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    I have heard of communities in upstate NY with comprehensive plans of one to five pages. Seriously. But I haven't actually seen any of them.

    My guess is that the brevity reflected the only areas of agreement.

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    When I was a planner in Kethcikan AK, the comprehensive plan was 3-4 pages, it looked like an outline with title sections with subphrases set off with lower-case letters. I was told by coworkers that the Borough paid a consultant to do the comp plan. The assemblymen decided they didn't like the plan and adopted the outline. It was a very easy document to worth with. Anything you wanted or didn't want to do could easily be justified.

    I wish I had kept a copy of it.
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    Quote Originally posted by otterpop View post
    When I was a planner in Kethcikan AK, the comprehensive plan was 3-4 pages, it looked like an outline with title sections with subphrases set off with lower-case letters. I was told by coworkers that the Borough paid a consultant to do the comp plan. The assemblymen decided they didn't like the plan and adopted the outline. It was a very easy document to worth with. Anything you wanted or didn't want to do could easily be justified.

    I wish I had kept a copy of it.
    "Construct bridge from harbor to airport. Project cost $500M. Project is supported by Borough comprehensive plan."

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