A City Development Plan (CDP) is both a perspective and a vision for the future development
of a city. It presents the current stage of the city’s development – where are we now? It sets out
the directions of change – where do we want to go? It identifies the thrust areas — what do we
need to address on a priority basis? It also suggests alternative routes, strategies, and interventions
for bringing about the change – what interventions do we make in order to attain the vision? It
provides a framework and vision within which projects need to be identified and implemented.
It establishes a logical and consistent framework for evaluation of investment decisions.
A CDP is anchored on the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM)
goal of creating economically productive, efficient, equitable and responsive cities. As a step to
achieving this goal, the CDP focuses on the development of economic and social infrastructure,
strategies that deal specifically with issues affecting the urban poor, strengthening of municipal
governments and their financial accounting and budgeting systems and procedures, creation of
structures for bringing in accountability and transparency, and elimination of legal and other
bottlenecks that have stifled the land and housing markets. It provides a basis for cities to
undertake urban sector reforms that help direct investment into city-based infrastructure.
Note : It is essential for a city to systematically think of the future, and determine how it wishes
to shape that future.