ST IVES Town councillors have to pursue the creation of a Neighbourhood Plan for the town if the public back it.
Under the Government's new Localism Act towns and parishes can create their own plan to dictate what can and can't be built there.
Last week councillors from St Ives were given a presentation by a Cornwall Council planning expert. They then voted to take the idea forward.
But they are keen to ensure the public buy into it so they are planning a public meeting in January.
Mayor of St Ives Councillor Ron Tulley said: "The whole point is for it to be something the public want so we will have a public meeting where people can voice their opinions. But from talking to people I am confident they will be keen."
A neighbourhood plan would cover a much smaller area, examining the specific needs of St Ives and Carbis Bay in terms of housing and amenities.
The Government's new Localism Act has introduced the right for parish and town councils to create their own neighbourhood plan, setting out a vision and planning policies for the development of land.