The Topics

Land Use

Definition: The types of activities which take place on land.

A Future Land Use Plan is a key component of a comprehensive plan and guides future uses of land. The plan visually describes what types of uses the community wants where and includes both developed and undeveloped land. It includes all property within the municipal boundary and any unincorporated land within 1.5 miles of the border.

Community Character

Definition: Relates to the way a community presents itself, including its architecture, streetscape, signage, and development patterns.

Think of Community Character as how you would describe a community to someone else – for example “a busy suburb with a lot of modern buildings”. The character of a community is often a product of how and when it developed and redeveloped. It may have a lot of new construction or be a mix of old and new.

Character includes the look and feel of a community, causing visitors to describe it as “unique” or “fancy” or “peaceful” or bustling”.

Economic Development

Definition: The activities which bring business and employment to a community either through development or redevelopment of land and/or buildings.

We say “activities” because there are many efforts which go together to develop a local economy. These include community marketing, building and maintaining relationships within the real estate and development community, support for local businesses and entrepreneurship, and much more.

The Plan will look at what types of uses (retail, restaurant, office, industrial, logistics, warehousing, entertainment, etc.) are appropriate and prepare a strategy to attract or retain them.


Definition: Planning for a range of quality housing opportunities in a community.

We all need a place to live, but we don’t all need (or want) the same place to live. The Comprehensive Plan focuses on taking an inventory of housing types currently available in the community and considers what is needed to ensure there is adequate quality and appropriate housing for the community going forward.

Sustainability + Resilience

Definition: Sustainability involves preparing to provide for future generations while Resilience involves preparing to bounce back from seen and unforeseen challenges.

The ability to sustain and to bounce back – these two words can truly be boiled down to this. The Comprehensive Plan is a long-term planning process, so it is particularly well suited to thinking about how to tackle both anticipated and unforeseen future challenges.

The Comprehensive Plan will consider what actions and policies make sense for Gilberts to ensure a livable and resilient future for current and future residents.

Sub-Area Planning

Definition: Sub-areas are smaller parts of town which benefit from focused attention in their planning.

Some parts of the Village, and areas that may be part of the Village in the future, have development and design opportunities. The Plan will focus on more detailed suggestions for these subareas, relating to what development could look like there and how to best serve the Village. For this Comprehensive Plan, subareas to be evaluated and planned for are:

  1. Route 72 between the railroad line and eastern boundary of the Village, with a focus on the intersection of Route 72 and Tyrrell Road
  2. Route 72 between the I-90 and the west end of the Village’s planning jurisdiction (1.5 miles), with a focus on the intersection of Route 72 and Big Timber Road
  3. The unincorporated area at the southwest quadrant of Galligan and Huntley Roads (pictured at left).

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