Photo courtesy of Tim
McCabe, USDA NRCS
Regional planning is an approach to addressing an issue that
cannot be adequately addressed by one community acting alone.
Examples of such issues include planning for economic development,
affordable housing, and protection of biological corridors. Working
in concert, communities within a region can develop a unified
approach to meeting regional goals.
Regional planning is closely related to intermunicipal planning.
However, regional planning is distinguished from intermunicipal
planning in that intermunicipal planning often addresses issues
of common interest between two or more municipalities in order
to combine resources or prevent duplication of effort. Regional
planning focuses on issues that can only be addressed at a regional