As described on the Trenton 250 website, a Master Plan, also called a comprehensive plan, provides a long-range vision for the built environment of a community. It guides the appropriate use of lands within a municipality in order to protect the public health and safety and to promote general welfare. Among other issues, the Master Plan can identify:
- Suitable locations for commercial, housing and mixed-use development;
- Locations where the city should increase density, use redevelopment, or intervene in other ways;
- Opportunities to extend and/or improve open space, recreational areas, and civic facilities;
- Strategies for increasing economic development;
- Environmental, historic and cultural resources that need conservation; and
- Strategies for solving congestion and improving transit services.