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A comprehensive plan is a foundational document of long-term planning and zoning.
A comprehensive plan contains a map of future land uses addressing all of the physical elements in the area for a long period of time.
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The comprehensive plan lays the foundation for zoning codes, which is the legal tool for implementing the vision of the future contained in the comprehensive plan.
Yes, in order to have zoning authority, the town is required to have a comprehensive plan.
You can view Elevate Black Mountain, the town's comprehensive plan, here.
A Unified Development Ordinance, UDO, contains most local regulations concerning the use and development of land and buildings, including zoning, subdivision, stormwater, and natural resource conservation.