Eight Steps to Re-Form the Comp Plan

The re-forming of any comprehensive plan in Florida is a daunting challenge. But it can be done if your community commits to a systematic and disciplined approach. Here are the steps that have proven successful

Step 1 – Evaluate Your Adopted Comprehensive Plan

  • Policy by Policy Evaluation
  • Focus on Desired Results
  • Highlight Strengths
  • Identify Weaknesses
  • Focus on Statutory Requirements
  • Link to Implementation

Step 2- Commit to the Task

  • If you are convinced that the results of Step 1 justify a substantial re-forming of your comprehensive plan, commit the time and resources to complete the task.

Step 3- Develop a Work Program

  • Based on the evaluation, identify and prioritize the tasks! Decide who will complete each task and when! And of course develop a budget. A full revision with adoption may require several years and involve your staff, consultants and citizens. Establishing and implementing a detailed work program allows multiple tasks to be programmed and progress to be monitored.

Step 4 – Agree on Organization, Format and Drafting Protocol

  • How the plan is to be organized and formatted is an essential first step. This approach creates a framework that can accommodate the diverse and complex components of the plan.
  • Adopt a protocol to guide how the plan is written. Define the organizational structure and the terms to be used and then strictly adhere to the adopted protocol.

Step 5 – Create a “Results Neutral” Draft”

  • Rewrite the entire plan as a “results neutral” draft. This critical effort can be accomplished without the need for data and analysis, within a relatively short time period and without the need for extensive public review. Experience shows that a very high proportion of the “results neutral” version can  be adopted without additional modification allowing time and resources to be directed at those elements of the plan where substantive change is most needed.

Step 6: Compartmentalize Topics for Substantive Review and Amendment

  • Identify and prioritize the work tasks needed to address those areas of study where substance change is indicated. The work program developed under Step 3 allows these areas of study to proceed independently.
  • Update the data and analysis
  • Develop strategies to address each area of study.

Step 7: Amend the “Results Neutral” Draft to Reflect Substantive Change

  • Integrate the findings, recommendations and strategies developed in Step 6, into the “results neutral” draft.

Step 8: Adopt and Apply the Re-Formed Comprehensive Plan