Why are we updating the Plan?

Comprehensive Plans are generally updated once every 5 years for a community Bismarck’s size. Presently, a suite of independently developed plans is collectively serving the intent of a more traditional Comprehensive Plan. Some of these plans include the 2014 Growth Management Plan, the 2014 Fringe Area Road Master Plan, the 2017 Infill and Redevelopment Plan, the 2015 Long Range Transportation Plan, and the 1980 City of Bismarck Policy Plan. Many of these plans are in need of update and it is staff's opinion that combining these independent planning efforts into one document will be more effective as a guiding tool and more user friendly for the public and customers. Additionally, City Commission and Planning and Zoning Commission members, as well as members of the public, have expressed a desire for a unified guiding plan for the community. 

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1. What is a Comprehensive Plan?
2. Why are we updating the Plan?
3. What is the geographic scope of the plan?
4. Who will be involved?
5. When will the plan be completed?
6. How can I get involved?