The City of Wheeler updates its Comprehensive Plan every five to seven years. This is done through a public process and with the assistance of the Citizens Advisory Committee, an ad hoc committee formed for the express purpose of this update. This is an effort to comply with the Statewide Planning Goals, as put forth by the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development. The Goals express state policies on land use and related topics, such as citizen involvement, housing, and natural resources.

Oregon’s statewide goals are achieved through local comprehensive planning. State law requires each city and county to adopt a comprehensive plan and the zoning and land-division ordinances needed to put the plan into effect.

The local comprehensive plans must be consistent with the Statewide Planning Goals. Plans are reviewed for such consistency by the state´s Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC). When LCDC officially approves a local government´s plan, the plan is said to be acknowledged. It then becomes the controlling document for land use in the area covered by that plan.

The Citizens Advisory Committee has concluded its work on the Comprehensive Plan and has no scheduled upcoming meetings.