Residents are having a greater say on how villages and towns should be developed.
Councils in West Winch, North Runcton, South Wootton and Hunstanton are working on a planning blueprint.
Suggestions have been made for relief roads in West Winch and more bungalows in South Wootton.
The councils are due to hold a referendum on the plans later this year.
The blueprints must be approved by an independent inspector and West Norfolk Council will have to consult it when considering planning applications.
On Tuesday the borough’s cabinet agreed to designate Hunstanton, South Wootton, West Winch and North Runcton as neighbourhood development areas.
South Wootton Parish Council clerk Tracey Cornwell said the plans are at an early stage
She said: “Residents in South Wootton feel very strongly about where they live, what they want to see and how to protect it.”
West Winch and North Runcton councils are working together on their plan.
Chairman of the steering committee Rick Morrish said: “We felt the most positive and proactive way of trying to influence the process was to develop our own plan.”