Design-Based Comprehensive Plans

What You'll Learn

  • Differentiate design-based comprehensive plans from traditional comprehensive plans, and learn how to use this innovative approach.
  • Identify the value that can be added by developing a comprehensive plan with a design-based methodology.
  • Recognize the multiple methodologies that can be used to promote community engagement and buy-in for a design-based comprehensive plan.

More Course Details

Explore the value of design-based comprehensive plans — why they are important, how they can work, what they can accomplish.

Narratives are necessary, of course, but the balance is shifting to fewer words and more graphics. Starting with an overview of how comprehensive plans are typically structured, this course describes how imagery can enhance a plan's statements regarding cultural identity, desired scaling and proportionality, expectations for the public realm, and overall community character.

Get insights on how community planning efforts can be structured for participatory engagement in identifying the design themes to be expressed.

Learn about an award-winning plan that used this design-based approach, how it was implemented, and what it accomplished.