Comprehensive Plan Standards for Sustaining Places

You'll learn about:

  • Tools and resources for integrating sustainability into new or updated local comprehensive plans

  • Best practices for addressing plan content, processes, and attributes

  • An objective mechanism for communities to measure their plans against a national standard

  • Lessons learned from the Comprehensive Plan Standards Recognition Pilot Program

APA’s Sustaining Places Initiative is designed to build the capacity of local jurisdictions to integrate sustainability into their comprehensive plans. Gain an overview of the initiative and then take a deep dive into its resource toolkit, which can be used to evaluate an existing plan or develop a new one that addresses sustainability in a comprehensive manner. Based on best practices from leading plans, the toolkit provides guidance on plan content (sustainability principles), processes (community engagement and plan implementation), and the design attributes of the plan itself. It includes a scoring system, which was recently piloted through the Comprehensive Plan Standards Recognition Pilot Program and can be used to measure a comprehensive plan against a national standard. In the interactive portion of the workshop, your will work with the presenters to apply the standards and scoring system to a sample comprehensive plans from Victoria, British Columbia and League City, Texas.