The comprehensive plan is the official document that guides decisions for future growth and development in Dickinson. The Texas Local Government Code established the legal basis for the comprehensive plan and it is used as the basis of subsequent zoning amendments. The comprehensive plan consists of interrelated chapters, or elements, analyzing the City of Dickinson's future land use, transportation, housing, and other infrastructure issues, needs, challenges, and opportunities. The comprehensive plan is important because it sets the overall policy context for future growth and development for Dickinson. The comprehensive plan addresses growth pressures in the city, future public facilities needs, preservation of community character and natural resources, economic growth and quality of life initiatives.