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DAB 107 - Comprehensive Plan


The City’s Comprehensive Plan provides an important foundation for the elements of the City Code pertaining to land use regulation. This Plan and its constituent elements function as a key advisory documents related to review and action on most discretionary land use applications.

The last comprehensive update occurred in 2001 in conjunction with adoption of a new Intermodal Transportation Plan. The Comprehensive Plan is both map and policy-based with an annually-updated 2020 Land Use map being the primary graphic component. 

2020 Land Use Map

This map designates a general land use category for all properties within the City. The policies cover a wide variety of topical subjects with areas of emphasis including mixed use, support of neighborhoods and infill development. 

A copy of the Comprehensive Plan and its key maps can now be found here. The 2020 Land use map includes the following primary land use categories:

  • Low Density Residential
  • General Residential
  • Community Activity Center
  • New/Developing Center
  • Mature Redevelopment Corridor
  • Employment Center
  • Regional Center
  • Major Institutional
  • Candidate Open Space
  • Existing Park Land or Open Space
  • Golf Course of Cemetery

Each of these uses is defined in the Plan and a list of allowable uses is provided. In most cases these categories are relatively permissive. The Comprehensive Plan is also used to assist the City in its strategic objectives and investments, including establishing priorities for public investment. 

Comprehensive Plan Elements

The Comprehensive Plan document incorporates close to 200 component plans and documents. These include:

  • City-wide Plans (e.g. ITP and Open Space Plan)
  • Public and Private Master Plans (e.g. ImagineDowntown Plan and Briargate Master Plan)
  • Facility Master Plans (e.g. Airport Master Plan)
  • City Facilities Plans and Studies (e.g. JimmyCamp Creek Drainage Basin Planning Study)
  • Utilities Planning Studies (e.g. CSU water andwastewater plans)


 Periodically, new component plans are added, and existing component documents are updated or amended. Since 2001, approximately forty amendments have been approved for the Comprehensive Plan. A majority of these have been of a “housekeeping” nature, and involve updating the 2020 Land Use Map to reflect annexations and new or amended privately- initiated master plans.

However, there have been several more substantial amendments including designation of new areas as Mature/Redevelopment Corridors, and the recent adoption of the Imagine Downtown Plan.

Infill Policies and Boundaries

The Comprehensive Plan includes an identified infill area which encompasses most of what was the developed area of the City as of the Year 2000. Many of the objectives of the Plan address this topic. Periodically, progress toward infill absorption is measured and reported.