Planning, when done well, is among the most powerful tools available to communities. A solid plan, based on good natural resource information, guides rational land use decisions and allows communities to consider innovative tools for resource protection with fewer chances for legal challenges to their planning authority.
Natural resource-based planning is a process that puts the community's natural resource base at the forefront. By identifying natural resources at the beginning of the planning process, communities can determine where development is most appropriate. This way, communities can avoid the unintended consequences of the typical planning process, such as open space becoming the "leftover" pieces, water resources being degraded, and community character being compromised.
For a brief introduction to natural resource-based planning, check A Quick Guide to Using Natural Resource Information
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