Planning is a process of rational decision making about future development that interrelates all functional and natural systems and activities relating to the use of lands. A Plan is a general policy guide to development and land use that should be collaborative and vision-driven. The outcome of Planning is a generalized, coordinated land use map and policy statement.
Zoning consists of locally enacted laws that control specific uses of each parcel in an area and put the long-range land use plan into effect. The outcome of Zoning is a zoning ordinance and map. The zoning regulations and map should be directly related to a previously prepared and adopted Comprehensive Plan.
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