Lancaster was founded in 1852 as one of the first outposts in the North-Texas region. Today it is a desirable place to live, work, and play in one of the largest and fastest growing metropolitan areas in the country. The rapid growth of the region puts tremendous developmental pressure on the community, while simultaneously offering great opportunities. Successful cities throughout Dallas-Fort Worth have used planning to leverage their resources to enhance their quality of life and create opportunities for their citizens; Lancaster is no stranger to the planning process.
The comprehensive plan is one of the most important tools that Lancaster can leverage to determine the future of the community. By establishing a community driven vision and offering a well-thought out implementation strategy, a comprehensive plan offers citizens the ability to guide growth in the direction the community would like to see, preserving and enhancing community character and creating new employment, housing, and recreational opportunities for residents.