Planning can improve quality of life by guiding change and promoting efficient and orderly use of land. Planning determines where buildings, businesses, homes, and roads will be located. It helps to maintain neighborhood character, reduce environmental impacts, preserve parks and open space, and protect people from natural disasters.
Because planning shapes the built environment, local planning has a direct impact on how you travel and where you live, shop, play or work. Regional planning encourages cooperation among communities and addresses air quality, transit options, and highway networks.