The Redmond City Council adopted the community strategic plan (CSP), last month at its Oct. 15 regular business meeting.
The CSP provides the work plan for the city and provides guidance for the city’s work. The plan includes strategic initiatives with associated objectives, strategies, measures and actions.
Over the past year, council has been working to develop a strategic plan that reflects the priorities of the Redmond community. The 15 months of outreach and community involvement and the Budgeting by Priorities process set the development of the CPS.
Council identified and prioritized the following as key themes on March 7: housing choices, infrastructure, environmental sustainability, technology and information services (TIS) infrastructure and cultural inclusion.
The housing choices initiative’s vision is “a Redmond with a variety of housing choices for all income levels that reflects our community.” According to the CPS draft, the three objectives are to increase housing unit variety and to increase units of housing supply accessible to all income levels that are better aligned with anticipated demand ; foster 10-minute communities (where work, shopping, schools, and play are within 10 minutes of where people live); and to increase affordable and workforce housing unit supply.
Environmental sustainability initiative’s vision is a “Redmond that creates a healthy, sustainable environment for all generations and conserves our natural resources, affords a high-quality life, and draws from scientific evidence-based data,” according to the CPS draft. The objectives in this key theme are decreasing carbon footprint; providing access for business and community programs to reduce their carbon footprints; align and implement sustainability programs across programs, projects, and services; and increase community awareness and education level.
For TIS infrastructure , the vision is “a Redmond that is connected, smart directly [aligned] with the city business; a partnership with public works and planning that drives smart city strategy; and modernization of key business applications and external facing systems.
Cultural inclusion’s vision is that “all residents can fully and effectively access city services, influence city policy and direction, and feel a sense of belonging and safety.” The three objectives include: providing programs, strategies, and activities; providing forums and activities for Redmond’s diverse community to interact and learn with one another; and strengthen the city’s relationship with communities of diversity.
The infrastructure initiative’s vision is for “a Redmond that is safe, multi-modal, smart, green, and has high value for long-term infrastructure investments that support the future needs of Redmond.” The main objectives are: investing in preservation and replacement across the city to maintain current levels of service, the reliability of capital assets, and provide timely and cost-effective replacement; continue infrastructure design and construction in Overlake, Southeast Redmond and downtown to prepare for light rail and support development of livable urban neighborhoods; invest in neighborhoods with key projects that increase transportation choices and connections, enhance safety and environmental sustainability, and improve opportunities to recreate; and continue investments in key opportunity projects that support economic community vitality.
The CSP is an iterative, working document that will be reviewed and refreshed on a regular basis, and reports on progress will take place in conjunction with the quarterly financial report.
To learn more about the CPS, see www.redmond.gov.