Sustaining Places: The Role of the Comprehensive Plan (PAS 567)

By David Godschalk, FAICP, William Anderson, FAICP

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Planning for sustainability is the defining challenge of the 21st century. More than any other single endeavor, it confronts the critical perils to our future, from energy shortages and environmental stress to climate shifts and population surges.

That's the argument of a forward-looking new report from the American Planning Association. In plain language, authors David R. Godschalk, FAI...

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Jan. 1, 2012
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About the Authors

David Godschalk
David R. Godschalk, FAICP, Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is co-author of Sustaining Places: The Role of the Comprehensive Plan (PAS Report 567, 2012) and Sustaining Places: Best Practices for Comprehensive Plans (PAS Report 578, 2014). A leader of the APA Sustaining Places Task Force Task Force and the APA Working Group on Plan Standards, he has done both research and governmental consulting on comprehensive planning, He received the 2015 APA President's Award for his work on development of the Sustaining Places comprehensive plan initiative.

William Anderson
Bill Anderson, FAICP, is Director of City & Regional Planning in the Americas for AECOM. Previously he chaired San Diego's Planning Commission, helping formulate the "City of Villages" strategy. Anderson served as Director of San Diego's City Planning & Community Investment Department between 2006 and 2011, where he oversaw planning, economic development, redevelopment, urban form, and facilities financing. During this time, he led the preparation of San Diego's General Plan, which received APA's Daniel Burnham Award for Excellence in Comprehensive Plans. He was inducted into the AICP College of Fellows in 2006, and served as APA President from 2013 to 2015. He has a BA in Economics and Political Science from Claremont McKenna College and his Masters in City & Regional Planning from Harvard University.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Introduction: Task Force Charge and Approach
Sustaining Places: Challenges and Opportunities
Planning for Sustaining Places: A Working Definition
Characteristics of Plans for Sustainable Communities

Chapter 2: Principles for Planning for Sustaining Places
Implications for Planning Practice
Best Practice Principles for Sustaining Places Comprehensive Plans
Next Steps

Chapter 3: The Need for Sustainability in Cities and Regions
Sustainability Connections in Comprehensive Planning

Chapter 4: The Role and Status of the Comprehensive Plan in Sustaining Places
The Power and Scope of the Comprehensive Plan
Communities as Systems
Incorporating Sustainability into the Planning Process
The Content of the Plan

Chapter 5: Planning Scale and the Vertical Integration of Plans
The Regional Plan
The County Plan
The Rural Plan
The City Comprehensive Plan
The Community Plan
The Area Plan
The Plans Come Together

Chapter 6: Sustaining the Plan through Implementation
The Action Element
Monitoring the Plan
Updating the Plan
Adapting the Plan

Chapter 7: Conclusions and Recommendations: An Agenda for Sustaining Places
Making and Implementing Comprehensive Plans for Sustaining Places
Call to Action

Appendix A. Plan Reviews
Toward a Sustainable Seattle
Marin, California, Countywide Plan
Fort Collins, Colorado, 2011 City Plan
San Diego County -- The 2004 Regional Comprehensive Plan (RCP) for the San Diego Region
Keene, New Hampshire, 2010 Comprehensive Master Plan
Burlington, Vermont, 2000 Legacy Plan
Union County, Pennsylvania, "Cultivating Community" Comprehensive Plan
Draft of the Philadelphia 2035 Comprehensive Plan
Draft of the Albany, New York, 2030 Comprehensive Plan
Connecting Cleveland 2020 Citywide Plan

Appendix B. San Diego Regional Planning Program
Tier 1: The Regional Comprehensive Plan
Tier 2: General Plans of Local Jurisdictions
Tier 3: Community Plans
Tier 4: Master Plans
The Vertically Integrated Planning System