Evaluating Your Comprehensive 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.

Evaluating your Comprehensive Plan is a critical first step

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

Evaluate each Goal, Objective and Policy.

Does the Goal, Objective or Policy:

  • Empower or enable a Community Plan or Special Area Plan?
  • Empower or enable a strategic or functional plan?
  • Empower or enable a non-regulatory program?
  • Provide a regulatory directive?
  • Empower or direct capital investment for infrastructure?
  • Directly address a statutory requirement?
  • Establish a level of service?
  • Empower or direct coordination?

Is your plan well constructed, understandable and implementable?

Are the directives contained within the plan:

  • Clear as to intent and desired result?
  • Implementable within the resources and capacities of your community?
  • Clear regarding interpretation?
  • Clear regarding the authority for decisionmaking?
  • Directly regulatory?
  • Difficult to interpret without extensive or highly technical review

Summarize the results of the evaluation to create a profile of the strengths and shortcomings of your adopted comprehensive plan.

Create a Work Program for Re-Forming Your Comprehensive Plan

If the evaluation shows that a re-forming of your comprehensive plan will benefit your community, the develop of a work program is in order.

The work program would include the following components:

  • The identification and prioritization of the tasks. What is to be done and who will complete each task along with an estimated cost?
  • Agreement on organization, format and drafting protocol;
  • A strategy and timetable for community involvement.

Using tried and proven techniques, the evaluation of your adopted comprehensive plan can be accomplished quickly and at a modest cost. The resulting work program gives your community a road map for the allocation of staff, professional services and community involvement consistent with your community’s resources and priorities.