The City of Mesquite is beginning a 14-month long comprehensive planning process that will build on the numerous successes of previous planning initiatives. The City of Mesquite seeks to enhance and protect the vitality of the community, and plan for the future through the development of the comprehensive plan. The Comprehensive Plan aims to synthesize and include several, site-specific studies/plans that have already been done into one plan with a single, unified vision for the future. Mesquite’s Comprehensive Plan is the long-term vision to be used by your City Council and decision-makers to inform decisions on growth, development and revitalization of the City.
Between September 2018 and October 2019, there will be several meetings with City Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission, stakeholders, City staff and residents to gather first-hand input that will ultimately be used to identify the community vision and serve as the foundation for plan recommendations. What will Mesquite look like in the future? How and where will the City grow? What should Mesquite become? These are a few critical questions that you will be asked to define. Please visit this page periodically throughout the planning process for up-to-date information (such as meeting information, public announcements, downloadable documents/presentations and the community survey) and learn how you can participate in planning your City's future.
What is a Comprehensive Plan?
A city’s comprehensive plan can be defined as a long-range planning tool that is intended to be utilized by City staff, decision-makers and citizens to help guide the growth and physical development of a community for 10-20 years. The Plan becomes a vision for what the community desires to become and is essentially a long-range statement of public policy.
In general, the primary objectives of a comprehensive plan are to accomplish the following:
- Efficient delivery of public services,
- Coordination of public and private investment,
- Minimizing potential conflicts between land uses,
- Management of growth in an orderly manner,
- Cost-effective public investments, and
- A rationale and foundation for making community-wide decisions.
The most important takeaways from comprehensive plans are the Future Land Use and Transportation Plans. These two key elements of the Plan help the community coordinate a range of functions that include future land use designations, transportation and infrastructure investments (such as right-of-way acquisitions for future roadways, new water and sewer lines, new fire stations and parks, to name a few), prioritizing capital improvement projects, funding decisions and staffing. The comprehensive plan is also the foundation for the implementation of development regulations, such as Mesquite’s Zoning Ordinance.
How Does a Comprehensive Plan Impact Me?
Think about the neighborhood you live in. Your neighborhood, most likely, began with a vision. Think about where you get your groceries, where you take your children to school, where you go to the movies, where you shop or work, which park you go to, or what you do on weekends. Most of these destinations and facilities did not come to be by chance but are likely rooted in some form of a vision or plan. Mesquite’s Comprehensive Plan will establish the vision and set the course for the community over the next several years. The next park, shopping center, residential neighborhood, police station and community facility will be based upon this plan and the information therein. A vibrant and thriving downtown, accessible destinations and revitalization of the community's great neighborhoods must all begin with a plan.
If you have any suggestions or questions, please contact Garrett Langford, Manager of Planning and Zoning at (972) 216-6343 or at [email protected].