A Master Plan is a public document that reflects a community’s vision for how it should grow and change over time.  It usually covers a long-term time period – in this case, Gloucester County is planning for its future growth and development 25 years into the future.  When updated, the County's Master Plan will provide a framework within which to evaluate the community's progress towards the goals that came out of the gc2040 Community Visioning process.

Themes covered in Master Plans are usually referred to as “Elements.”  Typical Master Plan Elements include Land Use, Transportation, Environment, Housing, Utilities, Farmland Preservation, Open Space, Hazard Mitigation, and Recreation/Trails.  During the GC2040 Master Plan Update, Gloucester County will update the Land Use and Transportation Elements of its Master Plan.