What Is Planning?

Ever driven to a city in which you notice the clear lines between neighborhoods and their functions. Some neighborhoods are strictly homes, while other neighborhoods are only commercial properties. That is because that particular city and its communities have been planned in order to maximize its use. Planning is the execution of public policy that seeks to regulate land use in an efficient and ethical manner to reduce land-use conflicts. It usually consists of a detailed graphic and written document that shows how a site will be developed and takes into account the future needs of the community in which land is to be developed. Cities usually have plans to create future development possibilities in specific areas. The American Planning Association defines planning’s goal is to “further the welfare of people and their communities by creating convenient, equitable, healthful, efficient, and attractive environments for present and future generations.”




Why Is Planning Important?

Benjamin Franklin once said “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail” and that is true for land use, development, and construction. A great example of planning can be seen in the expansion of small towns such as Palmdale, California. Palmdale was incorporated as a community as recently as 1962 and remained a small community for many years until the mid-1980’s. Palmdale’s population started to boom shortly after, and consistently ranks as one of the top 25 fastest growing cities in the United States for the past 25 years. With such a large boom in population, land would have to be appropriated and developed to accommodate for the growth of its residents. In order for communities, schools, hospitals, shopping centers, parks, and other spaces and structures to exist, the City of Palmdale would have to plan its development. Without planning Palmdale would not be what it is today, as failure to plan would halt the cities growth and would result in unhappy residents.


Why You Need Planning

Your next project could be a home or a shopping center, but it has to fit within the city’s main plan and overall vision for its residents. Planning takes time as it deals with many people, laws, and facets of the development industry. Almost every project that requires a permit by the city must first be reviewed by the city’s planning department in order to asses the project’s requirments and analysis if the project adheres to the city’s planning objectives. Let our experts plan and advocate your next project for you.


  1. LA City Planning
  2. American Planning Association