Comprehensive Plans

A Foundation for a Healthier Future

Planning for a healthier community is the first step in building a healthier community. Local governments can use policy documents called comprehensive plans (also known as general plans, community plans, or master plans) to establish a vision, goals, and strategies for future development and growth. Since these plans take a long-term approach – typically spanning 10–20 years – those with strong health language can powerfully orient government action for decades.

To support planners, health advocates and professionals, and anyone interested in using comprehensive plans as a tool to advance health, we have developed a library of model comprehensive plan policies addressing a range of topics. All the resources highlighted here include model policies, and many also include information about assessing local conditions and needs, community engagement, and implementation.

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