The Richland County Regional Planning Commission uses comprehensive plans to define the visions and goals for future community development. The first plan was complete in 1971 and updated in 1975 to extend to the year 2000. As the decades rolled on, it became clear that the growth forecast by that plan was not reflective of real world conditions. In response, the RCRPC and various community organizations drafted the 2035 Comprehensive Plan for Richland County in 2006. The plan identifies strategies and goals related to land use regulations, infrastructure, transportation, economic development, housing, and quality of life. To keep the plan relevant, it is reviewed with community input on a regular basis.