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The Comprehensive Plan 2030
Tennessee Chapter of the American Planning Association 2006 Outstanding Plan


The Comprehensive Plan 2030 sets forth broad goals, policies, and action steps for all of Hamilton County. It is a general land use plan and advisory guide for future physical development in Hamilton County. It is a tool to help coordinate regional planning efforts. The Comprehensive Plan2030 is one of the Regional Planning Agency’s strategies for achieving its mission.

State legislation requires a Comprehensive Plan. Tennessee Code Annotated 13-3-301 states, “It is the function and duty of a regional planning commission to make and adopt a general regional plan for the physical development of the territory of the region.” Planning is not required in Tennessee. State legislation allows a region, municipality, or county to set up a planning commission. Therefore, if a planning commission is formed then a Comprehensive Plan is required.

The Comprehensive Plan is a general land use plan and advisory guide for future physical development in Hamilton County. It is a tool to help coordinate regional planning efforts. The word plan is defined as a "method for accomplishing an objective." The Comprehensive Plan, or Comp Plan 2030, is one of the Regional Planning Agency’s strategies for achieving its mission.

Plan Goal
The overall goal for the Comprehensive Plan is to provide guidance in creating desirable & diverse communities in Hamilton County and to encourage and provide for new business and development opportunities while protecting neighborhoods, infrastructure, and the environment.

Plan Strategy
The overall strategy for the Comprehensive Plan is to address each community type on its own terms and provide recommendations that will best integrate new development and land use changes with existing character and form.

The Plan recognizes and respects the different types of communities available in Hamilton County. The Comprehensive Plan provides specific goals, policies, and action steps that can help prepare for change, or if necessary, minimize change while supporting a variety of community types and choices.
The Comprehensive Plan recommendations are grouped under two parts: Community Components and the Development Plan.

Community Components
Community components are the individual pieces that help to create a community. It is difficult, if not impossible, to have a complete community without any of these components. The Plan provides specific goals, policies, and action steps for these six components: Housing, Business, Natural Environment, Public Spaces & Recreation, Civic, and Transportation.

Development Plan
The Development Plan describes how the community components fit together. It recommends how the components may best be integrated while respecting the existing development form and characteristics such as streets, land use patterns, and building types. Recommendations are given for the following Development Sectors: Urban Core Infill, Urban Infill, Inner Suburban Infill, Outer Suburban Growth, Transitional Growth, Rural Growth, Preserve, and Reserve.

Development Models are also described and suggested for the appropriate Development Sector. This approach creates recommendations and solutions that are sensitive to the individual characteristics of each type of neighborhood or community.



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