The purpose of the Comprehensive Plan is to establish goals, objectives, policies and general standards for the management of growth and the provision of services. The intent of this plan is to provide general guidelines for the establishment of more specific standards, ordinances, regulations, procedures, programs and other tools for the implementation of the policies contained in this plan.
A comprehensive plan is a "blueprint" for the future of a city.
It identifies the goals the community aspires to reach as it grows. It is a document that will guide policy decisions about growth and change. It translates values into a scheme that describes how, why, when and where to build, rebuild, or preserve the community. It includes principles, guidelines, and standards for the orderly and balanced economic, social, physical, environmental, and fiscal development of the City through 2045. It encompasses all the functions that make a community work such as transportation, housing, land use, infrastructure, and recreation. All development orders or land development regulations are required to be consistent with the Comprehensive Plan.
The State of Florida regulates the adoption of the Comprehensive Plan under the Local Government Comprehensive Planning and Land Development Regulation Act. The City of Mount Dora is required to evaluate their comprehensive plan at least once every seven years only to determine if plan amendments are necessary to address changes to new state requirements. The City notifies the State Land Planning Agency by letter of its determination.