Comprehensive Plan Standards for Sustaining Places Recognition Program Pilot
APA's work in developing comprehensive plan standards grew out of the larger Sustaining Places initiative. In May 2016, APA launched the Comprehensive Plan Standards for Sustaining Places Recognition Program Pilot. Communities that have integrated sustainability into comprehensive plans adopted or amended within the last five years submitted their plans for recognition.
In October 2016, in conjunction with National Community Planning Month, APA recognized eight comprehensive plans as examples of excellence in comprehensive planning through the first phase of the Comprehensive Plan Standards Recognition Program Pilot.
APA has completed a second phase of the pilot program and is pleased to recognize the following five plans as examples of excellence in comprehensive planning:
Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission and the City of Temple Terrace, Florida
Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission and the City of Plant City, Florida
City of Fernandina Beach, Florida
Prince George's County, Maryland
City of Norfolk, Virginia
Phase 1 Recognized Plans
The first phase of the pilot program was completed in October 2016 and APA recognized the following eight plans as examples of excellence in comprehensive planning:
City of Longmont, Colorado
Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission and the City of Tampa, Florida
McLean County (Illinois) Regional Planning Commission
City of Des Moines, Iowa
City of Plano, Texas
Los Angeles County, California
City of Issaquah, Washington
City of Monroe, Wisconsin
Review and Recognition Process
Two trained reviewers experienced in comprehensive planning and/or sustainability rating systems reviewed and scored each plan.
There are three recognition levels:
- Bronze (score of 70–79%)
- Silver (score of 80–89%)
- Gold (score of 90–100%)
Comprehensive plans recognized at any level will be acknowledged within their communities, at chapter conferences, and at APA's 2017 National Planning Conference in New York City.
Sustaining Places: Best Practices for Comprehensive Plans (PAS 578)
This report offers a framework with standards for creating livable, healthy communities in harmony with nature — communities that have resilient economies, social equity, and strong regional ties. Four steps show how to turn principles into a plan and score the results.
This PAS Essential Info Packet complements Sustaining Places: Best Practices for Comprehensive Plans, with links to:
- Comprehensive plans that incorporate many of the best practices identified through the Sustaining Places initiative
- Guidance on incorporating various aspects of sustainability into comprehensive plans
- The Sustaining Places comprehensive plan scoring matrix and definitions for each of the best practices discussed in PAS 578
Examines APA's work with 13 communities to develop standards for integrating sustainability into comprehensive plans. Learn about the standards and the goals behind them, find out what goes into the plan, and get tips for successful public participation and plan implementation.
The Local Comprehensive Plan (PAS QuickNotes 52)
Summarizes the fundamental characteristics of the comprehensive plan and discusses the basic justifications for comprehensive planning as well as plan content, format, and implementation.