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An important aspect of a comprehensive plan is to capture the community’s sense of place, what makes it special from other communities. A plan should point to the need to protect unique physical resources and reinforces the fact that generally communities are shaped by development over a long period of time. Key factors that make a plan comprehensive are that it covers all the land area of the local jurisdiction preparing the plan, it includes all matters related to the physical development of the community such as land use, transportation, economic development, parks and open space and community character and design, and the plan must consider a relatively long time horizon such as 10 to 20 years.
Comprehensive plans are adopted as official policy documents by the local governing body. City of Wheat Ridge Comprehensive Plan