The text I've read seemed strange. Do you feel the same reading it?
(1) That cities should have a plan is now admitted in the time of large-scale
construction and planmaking has become an everyday activity. The purpose of a
town plan is to give the greatest possible freedom to the individual. It does this by
controlling development in such a way that it will take place in the interests of the
(2) The new development absorbs or modifies an existing environment, and so before
it can be designed it is necessary to find out about that environment. It is also
necessary to do research of the trends of population growth, the distance from
work to home, the preferences for different types of dwelling, the amount of
sunshine in rooms, the degree of atmospheric pollution and so on. After the survey
is complete a forecast of future development is made in the form of a map, or
series of maps: the master plan or development plan.