The practice of comprehensive planning is changing dramatically in the 21st century to address the pressing need for more sustainable, resilient, and equitable communities. Drawing on the latest research and best practice examples, The Comprehensive Plan: Sustainable, Resilient, and Equitable Communities for the 21st Century provides an in-depth resource for planning practitioners, elected officials, citizens, and others seeking to develop effective, impactful, comprehensive plans, grounded in authentic community engagement, as a pathway to sustainability. Based on standards developed by the American Planning Association to provide a national benchmark for sustainable comprehensive planning, this book provides detailed guidance on the substance, process, and implementation of comprehensive plans that address the critical challenges facing communities in the 21st century.

1. Introduction  Part I. The Planning Process  2. Setting the Stage  3. Where Are We Now and Where are We Headed?  4. Where Do We Want to Go?  5. How Do We Get There?  Part II. The Substance of the Plan  6. Natural Systems  7. Built Environment Systems: Land Use. Development and Community Character  8. Built Environment Systems: Mobility and Infrastructure  9. Social Systems  10. Economic Systems  11. Healthy Community  12. Regional Connections  Part III: Forward to Implementation  13. Implementation  14. Consistency and Coordination  15. Designing and Communicating the Plan  16. Maintaining and Updating the Plan  17. The Future of the Comprehensive Plan