What is a Comprehensive Plan


  • A plan that implements the community's vision.
  • It is required by the state of Florida for adoption and found in compliance with the state land planning agency
  • It is a statement of community values, goals, and objectives.
  • A long-range plan and serves as a basis for future physical development.
  • A public guide to community decision-making.
  • An assessment of a community‘s needs.
  • Public document adopted by the City Commission
  • It lays the foundation for zoning codes, the legal tool for implementing the vision of the future contained in the comprehensive plan.


  • It is a long-term guide that captures the vision of what a community wants to be in the future.
  • It identifies overall community goals and guides the city's growth and development policies.
  • The city has not taken an in-depth look into the overall goals, objectives, and policies of the Comprehensive Plan since 1999.


What makes up the city (or data and analysis)
- Data and analysis is a collection of accurate, current information about the community. This task started in July 2022 and will be completed in December 2022.
- Data collected and updated contains demographics, economy housing, transportation, public services, environmental conditions and existing land uses.

- Elements are studies of existing conditions and a discussion of future trends, goals, and objectives. All elements are based on relevant and appropriate data and analysis.
- The Comprehensive Plan contains eight existing elements and one new element:
  1. Future Land Use – Designation of future land use patterns.
  2. Transportation – Planning for a multimodal transportation system
  3. Housing – developing appropriate housing types for the residents
  4. Infrastructure – Provide for the necessary public facilities and services correlated to future land use projections.
  5. Coastal Management and Conservation – Promoting conservation, use, and protection of natural resources.
  6. Intergovernmental Coordination – Coordinating and collaborating the needs, processes procedures with adjacent local governments, and regional and state agencies.
  7. Recreation/Open Space – ensuring the provision, protection, and maintenance of a coordinated, efficient, and accessible system of recreational parks and facilities.
  8. Capital Improvements – Evaluating the need for public facilities, estimating the cost of improvements, and analyzing the fiscal capability of the City to finance and construct improvements.
  9. New Required Property Rights - this is a state-mandated (new) element to protect private property rights.
- Each element contains one or more goals, objectives and policies.
1) A goal is a statement, that expresses the ideals and ends towards which planning efforts are directed.
2) An objective is the end towards the attainment of which plans and policies are directed.
3) A policy is a rule for action in order to meet its goals and objectives.

- Map Series.
Future land uses a visual form addressing all of the physical elements within the city. A series of 19 maps: Existing Land Uses, Flood Zones, Floodplains & CHHA; Soil Associations; Future Land Use Map; Historic Resources; Business District; John’s Pass; Vegetative Cover And Marine Resources; Existing Roadway Classifications & Number Of Lanes; Existing & Future Public Transit & Truck Routes; Existing Bicycle & Sidewalk Facilities; Existing & Future Hurricane Evacuation Routes; Existing Traffic Volumes; Existing Roadway Levels Of Service; Future Roadway Classifications & Number Of Lanes; Future Bicycle & Sidewalk Facilities; Future Traffic Volumes; Future Roadway Levels Of Service; Public Facilities, Recreation Facilities & Water Dependent/Related Facilities.