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Comprehensive Planning tracks multiple metrics related to the functions and responsibilities of the department. Descriptions of these duties, the data tracked, and up-to-date measurements are provided below.

Public Engagement

Public engagement is necessary to Comprehensive Planning activities for informing decisions, increasing transparency, and building trust in the planning process. Different types of engagement are used to achieve different purposes, including informing the public with newsletters and website updates, receiving feedback through meetings and surveys, and the use of social media to both share news and solicit comments. Comprehensive Planning tracks and documents the number of participants reached through engagement efforts as part of every planning process.      

Consistency Analyses

A consistency analysis is performed by Comprehensive Planning staff for certain types of applications to the Land Use Control Board (LUCB) and Board of Adjustments (BOA). The goal of the analysis is to determine the consistency of the applicant’s request with the Memphis 3.0 Comprehensive Plan. Criteria for the determination include future land use and degree of change designations and descriptions, as well as other stated goals and objectives of the Plan. Consistency analyses are included as part of application reviews conducted by Land Use and Development Services planners and contribute to their final recommendations.     

Comprehensive Rezonings

Following the guide of the future land use map, comprehensive rezonings are aimed at adjusting zoning district designations to be more compatible with the land use goals of Memphis 3.0. Rezonings may be initiated as the result of a small area planning process or through a general analysis of existing incompatibilities. The comprehensive rezoning process requires notifying affected landowners and surrounding neighbors, review by Land Use and Development Services planners, a public hearing before the Land Use Control Board, and final approval of the Memphis City Council.

Future Land Use Planning

The future land use map is a major component of the Memphis 3.0 Comprehensive Plan. As part of the planning process for Memphis 3.0, each land parcel in the city was assigned a future land use category based on several factors including existing land use, proximity to neighborhood anchors, and land use goals of the Plan. Future land use designations are used to guide public investment and private development. Changes to future land use designations, category descriptions and their compatibility with the zoning map are achieved through annual Plan amendments and comprehensive rezonings.

Census Data

The United States Census Bureau regularly collects demographic and economic data through surveys such as the Decennial Census (the largest and most well-known census survey conducted once every 10 years) and the American Community Survey (a smaller survey conducted every year over a five-year period). Census data is used by policymakers, business leaders, community organizations and residents to track community level changes over time for variables like total population, commute time to work and poverty rates. While census data is collected via individual survey responses, data is combined and anonymized for larger geographic areas, such as the census tract, so it is important to know what census tract(s) your community is in when trying to access this important information.

To get started:

  1. Use the Shelby County Census Tract Identifier to identify your target census tract(s) by searching for a specific address.

  2. Select your census tract(s), year(s) and desired variable(s) in the search bars below.

  3. Choose between a table, bar graph, line graph and pie chart visual to best represent your chosen data.

  4. Export any data you want to keep by following the instructions provided through the download button in the bottom right corner of this tool.

City Property Tax Revenues

Property taxes are a large contributor to the City of Memphis’ annual revenue and help fund a variety of city programs and services. As a result, changes in property tax revenues impact the amount of municipal funding available. This visual tracks the estimated change in the City of Memphis’ property tax revenues from 2018 to 2021 for two groups of geographies: (1) Memphis 3.0 Planning Districts and (2) Memphis 3.0 Degree of Change Designations. Note: property taxes were estimated using assessed property values and effective tax rates, and do not reflect the exact amount of property taxes collected.


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Division of Planning & Development

Comprehensive Planning

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