The Community Planning Division is responsible for conducting a variety of projects that help guide development in the County. The County is divided into seven subregions, which are further divided into 36 planning area. Projects include master and sector plans, sectional map amendments, minor amendments, planning studies, and implementation projects.
Master and Sector Plans
A master plan provides specific recommendations for a subregion or planning area regarding land use, the environment, historic preservation, housing, commercial and employment areas, economic development, urban design, transportation, and public facilities. Sector plans perform the same function as a master plan but focus on a smaller geography that exhibits special circumstances. For example, a sector plan may cover the area around a Metro station.
Sectional Map Amendments
A sectional map amendment is the comprehensive rezoning of a subregion, planning area, or a specific geography within a planning area. They generally occur concurrently, or shortly after the approval of a master or sector plan. They are an important component in the initial implementation of a master or sector plan.
A minor amendment is the alteration of an approved master or sector plan to correct an inconsistency or error within a plan.
Planning studies are conducted to provide detailed information for one or more of the components found in a master or sector plan, e.g. transportation, economic development, etc.
Implementation projects relate to recommendations found in a master or sector plan, and can cover any of the plan elements.