Sometimes I wonder if our shorthand name for this process, “The Comp Plan,” might better stand for “Complicated” rather than “Comprehensive.” In my short time in this office so far, this has become the best example I have seen of the old cliché, “The devil is in the details.”
Before I get into said details, it bears reiterating, as I have said in this space and elsewhere, the Comp Plan is a broad guiding document, a “30,000-foot view,” which lays out where we want to go rather than specifically how we will get there. Much of the “how” happens in the Unified Development Ordinance, or UDO, and revisions to that will occur over the next year or so, heavily informed by whatever we end up deciding in the Comp Plan. The Comp Plan cannot, for example, amend or repeal the 40-acre rule. Whatever that change may look like in the end, it has to happen though an ordinance.