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City of Melissa Texas 2015 Comprehensive Plan Update Page 9.1 Chapter 9 Implementation Introduction Truly successful communities have a vision for their future. They set forth a clear vision as well as a policy direction aimed at creating that vision. Then they have a practical and specific set of techniques and priorities for carrying out that direction. This chapter completes Melissas Comprehensive Plan by providing implementation techniques and priorities that cohesively address the vision recommendations and related policies established herein. Ideally implementation techniques are designed so that the act of implementing the community vision can begin immediately after a plan is approved. As part of this design this Implementation Plan is structured into a coordinated action program so that City leaders staff and other decision-makers can easily identify the steps that are necessary to achieve the vision for Melissa described within this Plan. This chapter is organized into three sections. The first describes the role of this Comprehensive Plan should ideally play in the day-to-day decision-making of civic leaders and staff. The second describes the primary techniques that should be considered in implementing this Plan including both proactive and reactive measures. The final section provides an overall listing of prioritized implementation actions with an outline of the top ten priorities that should be completed in the immediate future or within one to two years. Other priorities are outlined for the longer term along with those that should be on-going. These priorities are correlated to the Comprehensive Plan chapter they are discussed within and the appropriate policy reference from each chapter. The Roles of the Comprehensive Plan A Guide for Daily Decision-Making The current physical layout of the City is a product of previous efforts put forth by many diverse individuals and groups. In the future each new development that takes place whether it is a subdivision that is platted a home that is built or a new school church or shopping center that is constructed represents an addition to Melissas physical form. The composite of all such efforts and facilities creates the City as it is seen and experienced by its citizens and visitors. If planning is to be effective it must guide each and every individual development decision. The City in its daily decisions pertaining to whether to surface a street to approve a residential plat to amend a zoning ordinance provision to enforce the building codes or to construct a new utility line should always refer to the basic proposals outlined within the Comprehensive Plan. The private builder or investor likewise should recognize the broad concepts and policies of the Plan so that their efforts become part of a meaningful whole in planning the City.