The Comprehensive Plan (“Plan”) is a policy document—a document all municipalities in Idaho are required to have, per Idaho Statute—used to guide future development in the City. The Plan directs city officials relative to land use planning, public services, infrastructure, and resource management; the Plan is used to determine how and where growth should occur, ways to wisely invest capital improvements, and techniques for enhancing and sustaining a city’s quality of life.
In short, a Comprehensive Plan is a blueprint that cities use to illustrate the visions and objectives of the community. This blueprint includes established goals to assist in realizing those visions and objectives. Because it is a tool that directs the future of the community, the Plan is based in large part on citizen’s directives obtained through public input during the outreach efforts.
Horrocks Engineers, Idaho Policy Institute, and University of Idaho, "The City of Mountain Home 2019 Comprehensive Plan" (2019). Idaho Policy Institute Reports. 26.