comprehensive plan chapters & subsections

Final Document - All Chapters
Table of Contents
Executive Summary

Just as ancient civilizations and the earliest American cities laid out plans for settlement, the Generation Casper Comprehensive Plan devises a path forward, guiding the future of the City.

Chapter 1: Our Story

It is clear that the city values its quality of life, and seeks opportunities for supporting small businesses, the urban core, and entrepreneurs. Residents value their outdoor recreation amenities and authentic family-friendly small town charm. With the ebb and flow of the economy, Casper strives to be become more economically diverse through an increasing focus on affordability and self-reliance and, above all, creating a great community hub that attracts families and visitors from around the region and beyond.

Chapter 2: Our Lifestyle

This section presents a series of "existing conditions snapshots" that provides an overview of baseline conditions per topic area and defines how these conditions influence the development of principles, goals, and strategies for the comprehensive plan.

Neighborhoods & Housing
Economic Development
Natural Assets & Recreation
Arts & Culture

Chapter 3: Our Vision

This Chapter includes a framework for the community vision. Each framework includes a series of principles and goals that represents the vision. The principles and goals begin to put the community’s vision into action. Using the vision and supporting data as a basis, these statements reflect Casper’s aspirations and foundation for future decision making.

Endless Character
Vibrant Urban Center

Distinctive Regional Hub
Enhanced Connectivity
Undiscovered Quality of Life
Embracing the River

Chapter 4: Our Framework

This chapter includes an analysis of the transportation system and existing land uses and provides a framework for future development of our land and transportation system. difference in providing quality of life. A community land use and transportation plan that is programmed in a deliberate manner, with an understanding of market, financial, and physical realities, can help foster a healthy balance of land uses and minimize uncertainty for its officials, staff, residents, and other interests. By creating a guide for future development, the City can also make the most out of our budget and resources. Furthermore, the City’s goals on density, land use, public spaces and layout of infrastructure and services can make a difference in providing quality of life.

Transportation Plan
Future Land Use Plan

Chapter 5: Our Path Forward

For Generation Casper to be effective, it will take the work of the entire community. It will also need to be reviewed and updated periodically. This chapter outlines the roles of implementation, monitoring, and the strategic action plan.

What is a Comprehensive Plan?

The revised and updated Comprehensive Plan serves as a guide for policy changes, land use and transportation planning, economic development forecasting, budget preparation, and capital improvement planning for the City of Casper’s future. The Plan outlines the community’s vision and goals; recommends strategic initiatives, program and catalyst projects; and sets out to monitor and evaluate progress towards the community’s vision.


Who uses a comprehensive Plan?

The comprehensive plan is designed to be used by anyone interested in the future:

  • City leaders can reference the direction it provides on the topics of new development, redevelopment, and programs and services provided by the City.
  • Residents may be interested in the location of new parks, trails, neighborhoods, or community facilities and services.
  • Business and property owners may be interested in land use recommendations or development policies for their property.
  • Decision-makers will use the Plan as a policy guide to inform land use and transportation planning, economic development forecasting, budget, timing for capital improvements, and in review of development proposals.

Related Plans and studies

Old Yellowstone District Master Plan
Senior Services Study Update (Boomer Study)
2012 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice
2014 Park and Open Space Improvement Plan
Casper Walkability Study
MPO Long Range Transportation Plan
Casper Area Trails, Path and Bikeway Plan
Elkhorn Valley/Eastside Master Trail Plan
Interstate 25 Entryway Beautification Plan
West Belt Loop Land Use, Connectivity, and Access Plan

related links and resources

Planning & Zoning Commission

The Planning Process

The creation of this Plan took place from June 2016 to July 2017 and encompassed five phases of public engagement and plan development:


Phase 1 - Foundation

Engaged targeted stakeholders and community leaders, including agency and technical experts early in the process, identified key issues, and collected relevant background information.

Key questions included:

  • How should we reach the Casper community?
  • What do you want Casper to be?
  • What do you love about Casper?

Initial Process & Schedule
Phase I Stakeholder Summary

Phase 2 - Visioning

Reached out to residents, visitors and committees to refine the visions, issues, and objectives for the Plan. Gained momentum for the Plan through a celebratory visioning event at the Central Wyoming State Fair.

Key questions included:

  • How should the vision, goals, and objectives of the Plan be refined to reflect the community's intended future?
  • How do Casper's major trends impact the future of the community?

Top 10 Responses From the Central Wyoming State Fair
Visioning Survey Summary

Phase 3 - Choices and Opportunities

Obtained input from residents, visitors, and committees on the preferred options and choices and conducted additional data collection and analysis.

Key questions included:

  • What future opportunities should we be pursuing?
  • Where should we focus our analysis?
  • What are key land and transportation decisions that need to be made?

Developer's Forum Presentation & Survey Results
Big Ideas Workbook
Opportunities Workshop & Survey Summaries

Phase 4 - Creating a Workable Plan

Obtained input from residents, visitors, and committees on the preferred options, strategies, and draft plans and policy frameworks.

Key questions included:

  • What strategies will help us achieve the vision?
  • What are our priorities?

Transportation Workshop Summary

Phase 5 - Adoption

Kept residents and stakeholders informed on the final Plan and strategies. Presented a Draft Plan to the public and obtained additional input through a public comment period, as well as conducted formal adoption of the Plan through the Planning & Zoning Commission and City Council.

Key questions included:

  • What indicators will help us monitor and evaluate the implementation of the Plan.

Draft Plan Open House Boards
Draft Plan Public Comments and Responses