A community’s general plan, also known as a comprehensive plan or master plan, is a long-term guiding document that outlines the vision, goals, and policies for the physical and social development of the specific community or municipality. It serves as a blueprint for land use, transportation, housing, infrastructure, economic development, environmental preservation, and other aspects that shape the community’s growth.
A “general plan” or “comprehensive plan” are terms often used interchangeably during local government planning practices. This module will use “general plan” to represent both plan types, and discuss who is supposed to create one, what its purpose is, and discuss both required and recommended elements within the State of Utah.
Special Note: The Office of the Property Rights Ombudsman has provided funding for this training program from the 1% surcharge on all building permits in the State of Utah.