In addition to reviewing current development projects against the regulations and requirements of the Town's Unified Development Ordinance, the Planning Department is also responsible for helping to maintain a long-range outlook for the future of the Town. The Town's most recent long-range efforts kicked-off in 2016 as "Garner Forward". Having adopted the comprehensive and transportation plans linked below, the Department is currently focused on a re-write of the Unified Development Ordinance that will better enable the Town to work with developers to implement the goals and objectives found within the long-range plans.
Long-range planning also collaborates with other service providers to ensure that planning efforts across the Town are coordinated to the greatest extent possible. Examples of such collaborations may include items such as master plans for the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department or transportation plans jointly managed with the Engineering Department.
Finally, long-range planning is also responsible for collaborating with neighboring agencies and regional service providers. The Town of Garner is actively involved in collaborations with: