A Comprehensive Plan, required by Oregon law, is a broad statement of the community’s vision for the future and contains goals and policies to guide the physical development of the City as well as certain aspects of its social and economic character. The plan directs regulations, implementation actions, and services that support the vision. The plan reflects the long-term vision, values and aspirations of the community as a whole and guides other decisions such as zoning, economic development, transportation investment, and city policies about subjects like sustainability.
The goals and policies in the Comprehensive Plan respond to the needs and conditions which exist presently and will provide the initial guidance for future city programs, major capital projects and other funding decisions for the next 20+ years.
The Comprehensive Plan Map shows land use designations that are more general than zoning designations. Typically, land use designations focus on allowed uses whereas zoning classifications provide specific standards related to building height and setbacks. The City’s Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Map, and Development Code are used by decision-makers to determine whether a proposed use, development, or subdivision is appropriate.