In this time of rapid change and great uncertainty one wonders what good a plan will do. . .
“There is no time to plan,” people often say,or “what use is a plan when the landscape changes every day, with new job losses, plant closings, and natural disasters draining all our resources?”
Communities spend all their time on crises because they don’t plan. Or, they spend too much time on planning that has no relationship to action.
Planning is a decision-making tool. Every hour of every day we make decisions. If you have no plan, every decision has unlimited options and quickly becomes overwhelming. Moreover, when every option is possible, few are happy with the result. The overwhelming nature of decision-making coupled with the often unhappy result prompts elected officials and their staffs to analyze relentlessly and postpone decisions endlessly. This usually results in multiple hearings on a single project, marathon meetings, and expensive development. An effective plan makes the development process manageable.
Diane Lupke & Associates is known for its “working plans”. A working plan is a plan that is so timely and so responsive to immediate concerns that the community often begins implementation before the plan is even completed. The plan enables quick responses to be made to changing circumstances and unexpected opportunities by creating guides for decision making – reasons to say no to an unwise choice, and yes to a better one.
Diane Lupke & Associates can develop: