Planning for Sustainability in the Long Term

Creating sustainable places that address long-standing concerns — adapting for climate change, promoting environmental justice, incorporating a mix of housing types — remains a significant challenge for leaders engaged in the planning process.

In the comprehensive plan, planners have a tool to help their communities meet hard to reach sustainability goals.

Through its work on the Sustaining Places Initiative, APA has defined comprehensive plan standards to serve as a resource for the preparation of local comprehensive plans.

This October, planners, legislators, and citizen advocates are joining together during National Community Planning Month to celebrate innovations in planning that are tackling head on the issues of our time.

Four communities recognized through APA’s Comprehensive Plan Standards for Sustaining Places Recognition Program Pilot are using the comprehensive plan standards as a means for achieving their sustainability goals.

Listen to their stories:

Bloomington, Illinois

Des Moines, Iowa

Hillsborough County, Florida

Plano, Texas

Learn More

Learn more about APA’s Comprehensive Plan Standards for Sustaining Places at www.planning.org/sustainingplaces/compplanstandards/.

Top image: High school sophomores in the Plano Youth Leadership program take part in a community visioning Lego exercise. Photo courtesy City of Plano, Texas.


About the Author
Emily Pasi is APA's outreach and communications manager.

October 16, 2017

By Emily Pasi