Frequently Asked Questions
What is a comprehensive plan?
Comprehensive plans are long-range decision-making tools that provide strategic guidance and direction for the future growth and development of your community. Comprehensive plans establish a 10- to 20-year vision that consider a range of key themes and topics – from quality of life (what makes Georgetown an ideal place to live) to future land use (land uses necessary to accommodate future populations) – with the intent of protecting and enhancing what is important to the community today.
What is our vision?
In 2017, the City adopted the following vision statement: “Georgetown: A caring community honoring our past and innovating for the future”. The Comprehensive Plan will build upon this vision statement, along with additional public input, existing conditions, and best practices, to provide goals, policies, and actions for achieving the vision.
How is a comprehensive plan different from zoning?
In short, the plan is a guiding document, whereas zoning has enforceable regulations. The plan is used by decision-makers – like the City Council, the Planning & Zoning Commission, and City Staff – to guide decisions related to zoning, as well as budget and department priorities, infrastructure planning, and other community needs. State law requires that zoning be adopted in accordance with a comprehensive plan.
What topics does the comprehensive plan address?
Georgetown’s Comprehensive Plan covers a wide range of topics related to planning for the City’s future. The Comprehensive Plan focuses primarily on land uses and housing options throughout the City and its extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ).
How often is the comprehensive plan updated?
Comprehensive plans should be reviewed quarterly to track progress and identify the next steps toward implementation. The plan document should undergo a major update, such as this one, once every ten years to reflect existing developments, recent market trends, and changing public opinions.