Principles and Policies form the yardstick against which future ordinances and public programs are measured. Principles provide a basis for community decision-making, not only in the development review process, but throughout all sectors of local government. All principles and policies should be compatible with and assist in realizing the Future Land Use Map. However, not all specifically relate to the community’s physical growth, such as policies regarding cultural arts.
Each principle and policy represents a choice, and each choice requires balancing complex and sometimes conflicting issues. Each represents a significant decision to be made about the future form and pattern of a part of the community. In this Plan, Principles are defined as important values or beliefs adhered to by the community. Unlike a goal, a Principle cannot be “checked off” a list once it is completed. Should Principles cease to become relevant, an update of the Comprehensive Plan would be required. Policies are defined as specific strategies to guide decision-making. Significant efforts have been made to ensure that the Principle statements represent the community’s desires. They have been formulated through an extensive participatory process including stakeholder interviews, community group presentations, public workshops, Advisory Committee meetings, and through correspondence with all City service departments.
Each policy has been identified by letters that designate the section of the Plan where it is located and numbers that indicate the sequence of principles and policies within each section. In the Land Use and Community Character section, for instance, a policy might be called “LUCC-1.3.” This would be “LUCC,” a Land Use and Community Character policy; “1,” in the first principle of the Land Use and Community Character section; and “.3,” the third policy for that principle.