Local Comprehensive Planning Framework

Integrating Interregional and Megaregional Issues, Systems, and Resources into Practice



The Multimodal Planning at the Megaregional Scale project team developed a local planning framework that builds on APA’s Comprehensive Plan Standards for Sustaining Places.

This framework builds on the American Planning Association's Comprehensive Plan Standards for Sustaining Places. The Comprehensive Plan Standards define a set of six principles (statements of intent that underlie the plan's overall strategy), two processes (planning activities that take place during the preparation of a comprehensive plan), and two attributes (planmaking design standards that shape the content and characteristics of the plan). For each principle, process, and attribute, the Comprehensive Plan Standards define related practices (planning action tools) for addressing sustainability through the comprehensive plan.


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Sept. 1, 2016
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