Best Practice Actions [See action tools, guidance, city reports]
Step 3 recognition minimum for category A, B and C cities
All Category A, B and C cities are recognized upon completion of action 1.
Category A and B cities also complete action 2 for recognition.
Land uses delineated in comprehensive plans provide the foundation for city government and private actions that have a substantial long-term effect on whether our cities move toward carbon neutrality and energy efficiency or accelerate climate change and increase energy costs. Land development decisions are infrastructural - once made, they are extremely difficult and expensive to undo. Consequently, land use plans either enable other best practices, or hinder their effectiveness. In order to have public support and legal validity, land use strategies, zoning and regulatory ordinances must be grounded in a comprehensive plan. The process of developing and adopting a comprehensive plan is an esssential character-building opportunity to engage community members in the clarification of community values and goals.
connection to state Policy