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City Council Highlights: Strategic Planning Workshop

At a special City Council Strategic Planning Workshop held on Saturday, February 9, the Laguna Beach City Council set its top priorities for 2019.  Objectives of the workshop were to share a snapshot of the City’s financial picture with Councilmembers, create an understanding of each Department’s projects, and strengthen teamwork between the City Council and the Executive Leadership team.

During the workshop, each City Councilmember identified the top projects out of 69 presented that were most importantto him or her.  The top projects for 2019 identified by a City Council majority include:  appropriately addressing upcoming major development projects, improving the City’s Community Development process, recommendations from the Mayor’s committee to further protect the community from fires, and adoption of the Downtown Specific Plan.  

Other projects expected to advance this year include both the Fire Department and Police Department Strategic Plans, enhancements to Main Beach/Heisler Park/Downtown Policing services, adoption of revisions to the City’s Historic Preservation Ordinance, completion of the Village Entrance Project, and implementation of the City’s Information Technology Master Plan.  Projects not identified as a priority for the upcoming year can be reconsidered in the future.

Members of the City’s Executive Leadership team each gave briefed the City Council on key projects and programs within their respective departments.  A report to the City Council regarding the priorities will be presented at a future City Council meeting.