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At the MSD, current and long range planning are two separate teams that work closely together. Long range planners work with the community to establish a broad vision for the community's future. They do this through the general plan process, community engagement events, and data collection and analysis. Current planners help implement the established vision by reviewing and processing land use applications. For example, when a property owner requests a re-zone of their property in order to introduce a new land use, current planning reviews the applicable general plan and makes a recommendation as to whether the re-zone supports community goals. In this way, current and long range planning reinforce one another to help communities thrive.
Long Range Planning:
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.
Following adoption, the General Plan is used as a vision and guide for planning and decision-making. The Council may task different bodies with implementing all or part of the General Plan, including updating ordinances, applying for grants, or launching projects and programs.