Comprehensive Plan

What is a Comprehensive Plan?

A comprehensive plan is a guiding document for the Town. Local officials can look to the Comprehensive Plan when making decisions to ensure that decisions are made in a manner that is consistent with the stated vision for the community.

Most comprehensive plans follow a similar format: they inventory the existing conditions of the community, state goals and objectives for the future growth of the community, and recommendations and implementation strategies to achieve those goals.

Why is it important to have a Comprehensive Plan?

Besides guiding local decision-making, all plans for capital projects of any state or federal governmental agency on land included in the Comprehensive Plan must take the Plan into consideration. The Comprehensive Plan, developed with the support and input of both local officials and the general public, represents a consensus of the community, which can aid in seeking governmental grants as well.

Why does the Comprehensive Plan need to be updated?

Typically, comprehensive plans should be updated every five years or so. Royalton’s first (and last) Comprehensive Plan was adopted in 2009, thirteen years ago. A new Comprehensive Plan will allow us to look at the changes over the last thirteen years and look ahead to the future.

Who is leading the development of the new Comprehensive Plan?

The Town appointed a Comprehensive Plan Committee comprised of representatives from the Town Board, Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, business community, and farming community to oversee the comprehensive planning process. The Town’s consultant, Wendel, who completed the last Comprehensive Plan in 2009, is drafting the plan. Wendel has completed over 50 comprehensive and regional plans, including for other nearby, agricultural communities, such as Somerset, Cambria, Wilson, Akron/Newstead, and Alabama.

How can I get involved?

Attend our open house on Thursday, June 29 at Town Hall (drop in anytime between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.) and take our community survey. Check back here often for updates on the planning process!