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Not your grandma’s Comp Plan
Silvia E. Vargas, AICP, LEED AP
APA FL 2015 – Hollywood
Web‐based plans and other new plan formats
My first job
Comp Plan = 3 volumes / LDRs = 2 volumes
• Range of choices in new plan formats
• How they differ from conventional plan document
• How to decide if they’re right for your community
• How to decide which option best works for you
• Americans’ internet
access/ use near
* For certain groups (Pew Research Center, 2000‐2015:
• Adults’ attention
space has shrunk by
about 50 percent *
* Statistic Brain Research Insitute – Attention Span
5 minutes long.
• Plans less static – more frequent updates
• New media and formats
– More flexible
– More engaging
– Wider reach
• No loss of technical rigor
• No less work or cost (often more)
• Set goals and plan ahead
• Identify your audience (elected official v. technician v.
• Determine legal constraints (adoption, amendments)
• Set aside adequate resources (development,
• Develop concept(s) & themes (organization/structure)
• Keep in mind training (continuity)