The 21st Century Comprehensive Plan: Sustainable, Resilient, Equitable

In their book, The Comprehensive Plan: Sustainable, Resilient, Equitable Communities for the 21st Century, David Rouse and Rocky Piro explore contemporary challenges and opportunities for comprehensive planning in the United States. They provide a much-needed update to traditional planning practices and understanding of how the local comprehensive plan can have transformative impacts in light of global trends and challenges. A major contribution is application of a systems approach to replace the traditional comprehensive-planning model, which addresses topics such as land use and transportation as stand-alone elements. The authors demonstrate how systems thinking is crucial to enable communities to become more complete, healthy, green, and inclusive. Discuss how the comprehensive plan can evolve to address environmental degradation, climate change, disruptive technologies, health disparities, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, and other issues. Speakers inspire attendees and provide fresh insights on how planners and communities can use a familiar document – the comprehensive plan – in new ways to realize sustainable, resilient, and equitable outcomes.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discover innovative, integrated, and cohesive approaches to creating and implementing comprehensive plans based on authentic community engagement, sustainability and resiliency principles, and equity and inclusivity.
  • Apply systems thinking to the practice of comprehensive planning to create a more complete and holistic framework for addressing 21st-century challenges and opportunities.
  • Adopt an all-embracing, wide-ranging understanding of the role the comprehensive plan plays in making communities more vibrant, equitable, and healthier places in which to live, work, and play.

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