Drawn up over the past four years, the proposed Aberdeenshire Local Development Plan 2016 sets out how business and housing developments should progress over the next five to 10 years.
After a year-long examination, the Scottish government has now published a report listing recommended changes to the blueprint and it is expected to be presented to Aberdeenshire councillors for approval in March.
In a statement, the council said: “Getting to this stage has taken more than four years and is the culmination of a lot of hard work by the council’s development plan team.
“It is a blueprint for the future development of the area and sets out ambitious long-term and site-specific visions.
“It will provide a practical framework within which the outcome of planning applications can be decided with a degree of certainty and efficiency.”
The government report is largely binding on planning authorities, meaning the council may only depart from the recommendations if there are limited exceptional circumstances.
Aberdeenshire Council will now consider the recommendations and ask local councillors for their views in January and February, ahead of the full council vote.