A Comprehensive Plan is intended to guide the growth and development of a community.  It is a long range plan, addressing current issues while also looking beyond to future issues and opportunities with the City. It includes analysis, recommendations and implementation strategies which will impact a community’s population, economy, housing, transportation, community facilities, recreation-open space, and land use. A Comprehensive Plan establishes a vision for future land use, physical development, and quality of life in the City, as well as provides a comprehensive set of goals, policies and initiatives to achieve that vision.

The adopted five-year update to the Comprehensive Plan accounts for progress made in recent years, incorporates current data and trends, and introduces new recommendations, as needed.  Several major projects in progress will impact the City in general and Downtown specifically, as they will influence future mobility, connectivity to the riverfront, attraction of conventions and visitors, and residential density.  These include, but are not limited to: a new exhibition center, a rehabilitated or new library, the continued redevelopment of numerous riverfront sites, and proposed changes to the parking system.  Appleton overall continues to see increasing demand for new housing units and a solid commercial and industrial base.