Comprehensive Plan

The Comprehensive Plan is Durham's statement of how we want to grow and develop. The plan guides where and how private development should occur. It guides how the City and County should provide public facilities and services to support future growth. The plan is long range in scope, focusing on the ultimate needs of the community rather than the pressing concerns of today.

Forecasting Land Use Issues & Trends Report
Comprehensive plans are intended to guide growth and development in an organized, efficient, and sustainable manner. To do so, they look to the future to anticipate trends and issues that could impact how growth and development occur. While many core goals in a comprehensive plan remain unchanged over time - livable neighborhoods, access to jobs, clean and healthy environments - the context changes.

To explore these trends at a national level, in 2013 the Planning Department commissioned a report prepared by masters students enrolled in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Their report and presentation, entitled Forecasting Land Use Issues and Trends strives to provide an overview of several areas that have potential to shift land use policy in the future:
  • Communication Technology
  • Demographics
  • Energy
  • Transportation
This report represents a starting point for discussions about how well-equipped Durham is to benefit from, not merely manage, these emerging trends.

Plan Elements
Elements are chapters of the Comprehensive Plan, each containing goals, objectives, and policies for specific plan topics.