We all value living in a community where we feel comfortable and safe. One way to accomplish this is through effective land use planning. Planning is a process of protecting and improving the living, production and recreational environments of a community through proper use and development of land. This process seeks to identify how we want development to occur in the future. What should our community look and feel like in 5, 10, 15 or 20 years? How do we identify what types and intensity of land uses are appropriate? In addressing these key questions, planning seeks to provide a framework for healthy growth and sustainable development in Queens.