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.