Council Corner – Identifying Priorities
We hear from residents all over town about projects and ideas that could make the City a better place. As tempting as it is to try and do everything, we recognize that most of the City’s resources and staff time are spent providing day-to-day services such as road maintenance, code enforcement, public safety, permitting, etc. To make the most of our limited resources, it’s important for us to prioritize and establish a cohesive set of goals for our team to accomplish.
Last month, we gathered with senior staff members to go over projects that are currently underway and discuss future priorities. Many of our priorities are multi-year projects that were started this last year and will continue into 2021 and beyond.
- Finalize the Pleasant Valley / North Carver (PVNC) Comprehensive Plan
- Develop a Plan for a Future Downtown in the PVNC Area
- Evaluate the Framework for a Future Climate Action Plan
- Reduce Future Wildfire Risks inside the City
- Review Regulations for Short-term Rental Properties
- Complete Sidewalk Gaps Around the Super-block
- Complete a Pedestrian Master Plan
- Develop New Parks & Recreation Programs
- Start a Community Center Feasibility Study
- Finish the Turf Field Feasibility Study
- Acquire Property for future Parks/Community Center
- Design Widening of 172nd Avenue
- Continue the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force
- Build a Veterans Memorial at City Hall
Of course, these projects are in addition to the critical tasks of keeping our city clean, well-run, and fiscally responsible. While we each have our own projects of interest, we are able to set those aside so that we can focus on this cohesive set of priorities. We have big dreams for Happy Valley. The first step is to identify and set priorities and we are excited to get to work on this list.