What is a Comprehensive Plan?
Comprehensive Planning is a process that determines community goals and aspirations in terms of community development. Comprehensive plans typically encompass large geographical areas, a broad range of topics, and cover a long-term horizon.
Alaska State Statute (AS 29.40.030) states that (a) The comprehensive plan is a compilation of policy statements, goals, standards, and maps for guiding the physical, social, and economic development, both private and public, of first or second class boroughs, and may include, but is not limited to, the following:
(1) Statement of policies, goals, and standards;
(2) a land use plan;
(3) a community facilities plan;
(4) a transportation plan;
(5) recommendations for implementation of the comprehensive plan.
Why is it important to Sitka?
The Comprehensive Plan creates a vision for the community in the next 20-30 years. The plan acts as a blueprint in how to achieve the vision.
Once complete, Sitka's Comprehensive Plan should act as the guiding document for policymakers when making decisions.
Residents may be interested may be interested in the level of services and location of parks, trails and future residential growth
Business and property owners may be interested in land use recommendations or development policies
Elected Officials, commission members, and agencies will refer to the Comprehensive Plan, as an adopted document, to guide their decision making.
The first Planning Commission meeting of each month will be dedicated to working on the Land Use Plan and Comprehensive Plan.
The Planning Commission is tasked with updating the Comprehensive Plan by early 2017.
They are committed to providing a final document that will consist of approximately 50-70 pages of overview, goals and action items categorized by topic. The final document will have an emphasis on implementation while modernizing and being easier to use.
As a part of the process, the Planning Commission will be completing a Land Use Inventory and Land Use Plan.