Why is Odessa preparing a comprehensive plan?

The last comprehensive plan for Odessa was completed in 1988. On average, communities update their Comprehensive Plans every five to ten years, depending on how rapidly the community is developing. Updating the community’s comprehensive plan ensures that plan recommendations are relevant and applicable. It also ensures that the goals, objectives and recommendations are in-line with the overall community vision as defined by Odessa’s residents.

Odessa is currently experiencing rapid growth due to the reemergence of the oil and gas industry in the Permian Basin. Defining the community’s vision and setting new recommendations will help to guide growth as it occurs and will ensure that new growth reflects the desires of Odessa’s residents. This Comprehensive Plan, Envision Odessa, will help to guide current and future governing bodies, such as City Council, the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Departments, as daily decisions are made on the growth and development of Odessa.

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