Land use plans help communities visualize and guide growth and development. They become the basis for zoning decisions and allow local governments to act in accordance with state statutes that require zoning decisions to be based on an adopted comprehensive plan. Land use plans identify the locations of future single family and multiple family residential land uses, commercial areas, industrial land use, and public open spaces. Often a land use plan identifies desirable short-term or long-term changes to existing land uses.

Public engagement is an important part of building broad community-wide support for a land use plan. SRF works diligently to keep the public informed and provide ample opportunities for public input into the land use plan.