Planning helps community's and project owners envision how their project will look, as well as how it will integrate and balance with its surroundings and future development. Planning is essential to creating an overall holistic vision that is cohesive and functional.
Preliminary costs and project phasing can be determined from master plans and concept plans. These are then used to establish preliminary project budgets and probable implementation phasing. Preliminary plans, cost estimates and proposed phasing are generally required if outside funding assistance or investments are pursued.
Master plans and concept plans are a valuable tool in investigating and evaluating various options, in seeking input from the public and users, as well as in garnering support for a project before the investment of time and money is made into the design . Master plans and concept plans are flexible and allow for all stakeholders to start at a common vision/point for discussions.