The main goal of Rajshahi Development Authority is city planning and also to ensure planned growth and development of the city. Just after establishment, in 1978 the Authority has started to prepare its first Master Plan for 20 years. The Master plan was finalized and was started to implement from 1984 for the area of 127 sq.km.
After invalidation of the first Master Plan, RDA has prepared a new Master Plan named Rajshahi Metropolitan Development Plan (RMDP), 2004-2024. During preparation of this plan for the first time in Bangladesh, RDA has used modern planning techniques and tools like GPS, Total Station, RTK, GIS software. A detailed socio-economic, transport and physical feature survey along with contour and RL record. All of the collected data and information was preserved as a data bank in digital format.