Why plan?

Planning is something that we do everyday.  Sometimes we are not even aware that we are doing it. Planning is the process of thinking through the different steps needed to reach a desired end state or goal. 

“Planning as a profession works to improve the welfare of people and their communities by creating more convenient, equitable, healthful, efficient, and attractive places for present and future generations. Planning enables civic leaders, businesses, and citizens to play a meaningful role in creating communities that enrich people’s lives. Good planning helps create communities that offer better choices for where and how people live. Planning helps communities to envision their future. It helps them find the right balance of new development and essential services, environmental protection, and innovative change. ”

-American Planning Association

Without a plan the chances of reaching your goal or desired outcome are low, hence the common saying, “if you don’t plan, you plan to fail.”

A plan for every occasion.

There are many different types of plans that can be created. In the business community, it may be a strategic plan or marketing plan, while an individual may create a professional development plan. Businesses and individuals are not the only ones who plan. Governments and cities have also been creating plans for hundreds of years. City plans, are those goals, policies and actions used to create a desired future for a city. These plans usually relate to how the city should change over time and are based on the visions and priorities of the city’s individuals, businesses and organizations.

To learn more about the planning process, to find previously adopted plans, and to stay current with this initiative… “Read the Plans.” Wondering what all these “planner’s words” mean? Check out our Planner Speak blog posts for some plain language explanations.