The MSD provides planning services for its members. Long Range Planning staff are responsible for organizing, facilitating, and linking the different elements of the general planning process, and helping build consensus with the many different parties involved.
- At General Plan Steering Committee meetings, planning staff present information, facilitate discussion, and gather input regarding the needs and vision of the community from the General Plan Steering Committee members.
- Planning staff also conduct research, develop surveys, analyze data, request and coordinate input from various stakeholders, planning events for broad public engagement, and write draft elements of the general plan.
- The General Plan Steering Committee, Planning Commission, and Council will review and comment on the General Plan at various stages; planning staff will make the requested changes. this process may happen in several iterations.