Planning is an activity that we engage in every day. We plan our day at work, our day at home, or, during vacations, we may even plan not to plan at all. Each of us also plan for the future by setting goals for next month, next year, and beyond. Our goals may appear to be simple, but the events that must take place in order to attain them may be complex.

Planning for a City is not unlike our individual planning process, but instead of planning for individuals or families we must plan for all citizens of the City, both present and future. The number of individuals, the area of jurisdiction, and the multiplicity of concerns further complicates the process. This planning process can achieve some semblance of order and stabilization in the community as the majority work toward common goals. These goals, often difficult to define, are expressed in the City's General Plan.