The purpose of long range planning is to provide a blueprint that guides future development and policymaking. Having a long range plan allows a community to be proactive, rather than reactive, in shaping its future. A coordinated planning effort ensures that a community's priorities are reflected in its built environment.
Planning documents can help guide investment in streets, housing stock, and public facilities. Plans can also protect natural resources while directing preferred development to appropriate locations. Along with the City's zoning ordinance, long range plans direct how land can be developed.