What is Planning?
Communities are constantly changing and there are differing ideas about which changes will make our area better. How then can we agree on what is best for our community and all it's residents? One way is through planning.
Traditionally, planning focused on how we used our land. Pinellas County is responsible for implementing what is known as a comprehensive plan.
This plan indicates where the best places are for houses, apartments, stores, offices, factories, warehouses, parks, playgrounds, farms, roads, bridges and sewer systems.
Today, the planning field is concerned with more than just how we use our land. It also takes into consideration things like water conservation, pollution, jobs, recycling, building codes, zoning regulations, and traffic congestion.
There are many specialties within the planning field such as transportation planning, housing and community development planning, health and human services planning, and environmental planning, to name a few.