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The strategic guide that expresses the values and aspirations of our community is called the Comprehensive Plan. It is the broadest public policy document that our community creates. It establishes a long-range vision for College Station’s growth and development, housing, mobility, parks, the environment, economic development, city-provided infrastructure and services, and other related topics. The College Station Comprehensive Plan acts as a guidebook for decision-makers and is implemented over time through ordinances, infrastructure investments, and other public and private development decisions. The Comprehensive Plan includes, among other components, Future Land Use and Thoroughfare Plans.

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College Station’s Comprehensive Plan was originally adopted in May 2009 after thousands of hours of citizen participation. The plan covers a 20-year horizon and guides how the city grows and changes. It is meant to be a “living document” and recommends that the City regularly evaluate and update it as conditions change in our community.

In 2019, City leadership and staff launched the 10-year evaluation of the plan – branded The Next 10 – that engaged citizens across our community and culminated in the 10-Year Evaluation & Appraisal Report that recommended plan modifications in response to changing conditions. That report was adopted by the City Council in October 2020.

Throughout 2021, City staff worked to implement the recommended changes which included revising goals, policies, actions, narrative, and maps, along with associated maps from related master plans. The City Council adopted the updated Comprehensive Plan in October 2021.

    What are the vision, goals, and actions of the plan?


    A vision statement reflects the community’s desires for the future and is one of the most important parts of the Comprehensive Plan. The vision statement was updated through input from hundreds of community residents:

    College Station, the proud home of Texas A&M University and the heart of Aggieland, will serve as an example of a vibrant, forward-thinking, knowledge-based community, that promotes the highest quality of life.


    The plan narrative is divided into topic-based chapters that each contain a specific goal that builds upon the plan’s vision statement, along with narrative, maps, and strategic and ongoing actions crafted to provide direction to realize the community’s vision. College Station strives toward having:

    DISTINCTIVE PLACES: Vibrant and distinct districts, attractive neighborhoods, revitalized gateways and corridors, and conserved natural areas, grounded in environmental stewardship and resiliency.

    STRONG NEIGHBORHOODS: Viable and attractive neighborhoods that maintain long-term neighborhood integrity while collectively providing a wide range of housing options and other services for a diverse population.

    A PROSPEROUS ECONOMY: A diversified economy with a wide variety of competitive jobs and support for entrepreneurs that provides a tax base to support the City’s ability to foster a high quality of life where economic prosperity is widespread.

    ENGAGING SPACES: Highly desirable parks, greenways, arts and cultural amenities that support high-quality experiences for residents and visitors.

    INTEGRATED MOBILITY: An innovative, safe, and well-connected, multi-modal mobility system serving all user types that is designed to support the surrounding land uses.

    EXCEPTIONAL SERVICES: Exceptional municipal facilities and services that meet community needs, contribute to community character, exhibit environmental stewardship and resiliency, support surrounding land uses, incorporate full life-cycle costs, and are coordinated and fiscally responsible.

    MANAGED GROWTH: Fiscally responsible and carefully managed development that is aligned with growth expectations and the ability to provide safe, timely, and efficient infrastructure and services.

    COLLABORATIVE PARTNERSHIPS: Well-coordinated planning at all levels and effective engagement with local jurisdictions, institutions, and organizations to further realize the City’s vision and support the broad community.


    The updated plan contains approximately 98 action items spread across the topic-based chapters. The actions are group by strategic actions and ongoing actions that are already underway. The applicable actions are consolidated at the end of each chapter. A table including all actions is provided in the Plan Implementation chapter toward the end of the plan. City staff report annually on progress made toward implementing the College Station Comprehensive Plan.


    Why plan for the future?
    Planning is the process that considers the physical, social, and economic aspects of the community and examines the connections between them. Planning is how we make decisions about the future of our city. The goal of planning is to further the welfare of our community by creating equitable, healthful, efficient, economically viable and attractive places for current and future generations. It is the responsibility of local government to shape and guide growth in order to promote economic development of the community and retain quality of life. Effective planning ensures that future development will occur where, when, and how the community needs and desires.
    What is the difference between future land use and zoning?
    The Comprehensive Plan contains a Future Land Use & Character Map and land use categories. Future land use and zoning often get confused, but they are separate tools and processes. Future land use serves as a guide for how areas of the City may develop in the future. In contrast, zoning regulates how a specific property can be developed and used today. The Future Land Use & Character Map is used to guide decisions about infrastructure investment and zoning changes. The Texas Local Government Code, which gives cities their police powers, requires that zoning changes be in compliance with the Comprehensive Plan.

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