We talk at length in our upcoming planning and zoning workshops about the local comprehensive plan, its purposes and its goals. Here is a link to a good article from “Better! Cities and Towns about how to gauge whether your comprehensive plan has become stale, meaningless or, in the worst-case, even harmful to your community.
An interesting article predicting a “coming housing calamity” appeared on the New Urban News newsletter. Arthur Nelson, a well-respected planning professor at the University of Utah, predicts that the sales of single-family homes by aging baby boomers, rising household sizes, dropping homeownership and tighter lending standards will result in a “disaster for homebuilders.”