COMPREHENSIVE PLANNING OR LONG-RANGE PLANNING
Comprehensive planning is the process used by communities to identify the goals and ambitions of the community. The typical outcome of the comprehensive planning process is the City's Comprehensive Plan, which in most cases dictates a City's policies for transportation, infrastructure, land use, parks and recreation, and housing; however, in recent years Comprehensive Plans have been expanded to deal with policies relating to public safety, economics, and other related issues. These plans are authorized by Chapter 213, Municipal Comprehensive Plans, of the Texas Local Government Code, which permits a governing body to adopt and implement a comprehensive plan for the purpose of planning for the long-range development of the City. In addition, Chapter 211, Municipal Zoning Authority, of the Texas Local Government Code requires that zoning regulations be adopted in accordance with a City's Comprehensive Plan.
For the City of Rockwall, the City's Home Rule Charter states that the City's Comprehensive Plan, "...serve as a guide to all future Council action concerning land use and development regulations and expenditures for capital improvements." The following sections provide insights into the City's comprehensive planning efforts and the Comprehensive Plan. For questions concerning the City's comprehensive or long-range planning efforts please contact Planning and Zoning Department staff at (972) 771-7745, email us at email@example.com, or use the Contact Us form on this website.
A City's Comprehensive Plan -- also known as a general plan or master plan -- is a document designed to guide the future actions of the community, and to layout a 20-year vision for the city. This document is also intended to direct the City Council's actions on policy decisions relating to land use and development regulations, and expenditures for capital improvements.
LONG-RANGE PLANNING REPORTS, MAPS & PREVIOUS COMPREHENSIVE PLANS
Below is a link to the Plans, Reports & Map Archive, which contains additional information concerning the City's past long-range planning efforts.