Planning is a highly collaborative process. Through this collaborative process we help to define the community's vision for itself. Working with local residents, politicians, and special groups, planners help establish the vision. This vision is created not only from what the community members want, but based on an understanding of the problems and resources at hand. Planners provide this analysis and helps the community look at the options it has for development and change.
Creating a Plan
Planners consider the physical, social, and economic aspects of communities and examine the connections between them.
Professionally trained planners also analyze the existing conditions and future trends in the area. They analyze issues such as transportation, land use, housing, recreation and open space, natural and cultural resources, community services, population, and economic development.
In addition to generating their own data, planners draw upon the work of others to create a comprehensive overview of the community. Once planners have conducted their analysis, they develop strategic alternatives for solving problems in a coordinated and comprehensive manner. These alternatives will guide future development based on the established goals and analysis.
Adopting the Plan
The plan consists of these alternatives presented in a formal document. Plans are presented to community officials, who review, revise and adopt them for action. Once the plan is adopted, the planners job becomes the implementation of the plan, coordinating work among many groups. The tools of planning implementation include such things as land use controls and economic develop strategies.
The City of Bulverde adopted Sunrise 2025 (PDF) as its first comprehensive plan in July 2004 after a long process involving many citizens. It serves both as a policy guide and an information source about the city.