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You must first know your audience before you start your comprehensive plan. The plan format can be Web-based or print or both. Many municipalities produce digital plans to reduce printing costs. If you need to print, contact the county’s Department of Information Technology for print request quotation.

Consideration should be given to the purpose of the plan and size. It is important to keep it simple, but always include graphics, such as photos, maps and layouts. Visual presenations are essential to your comprehensive plan presention.

Many of the basic tools for developing a comprehensive plan are now provided by Westchester County Department of Planning’s new "Planning Base Studies" services.  Maps, tables and analysis are now pre-assembled for a municipality to move ahead with their plan process and better able to focus attention on the important issues facing a community – the obvious ones and the hidden ones.

Westchester 2025, the county’s long-range landuse policies document, also provides resources and guidance for local planning efforts, as well as a better understanding of regional planning issues.

From small villages to large towns, below are links to recent plans worth reviewing.  See how they’re formatted, what issues they address and consider how your how your local plan might look.

Read more on Developing a Comprehensive Plan.