On Monday, March 10th, the City of Oakley held a Community wide Strategic Planning Meeting to consult with residents about Oakley’s future direction.
Mayor Pope opened the event welcoming attendees stating, “It’s great to see so many residents here to share their input and opinions about the future of Oakley. Tonight you will have the opportunity to hear from our various department heads on the Strategic Plan areas which interest you, and then provide input which will help us steer the city’s priorities over the next couple years.”
The City’s outreach efforts were extensive including personal letter invitations by the Mayor to local PTA’s, churches, service clubs and community groups requesting they in turn invite their membership. Additionally, all of the City’s information outlets including the website, e-newsletter, marquee, social media, Nextdoor platform, and roadside message trailer aimed to entice residents to participate.
Over 100 residents that turned out, had the opportunity to attend three group discussions of their choice among the following six options available: business & growth/downtown & Main Street revitalization, community infrastructure & traffic safety, public safety, planned quality growth, parks, streetscapes & recreation opportunities, and lastly, community outreach, communication & participation. Within the breakouts sessions, residents reviewed the corresponding goal for the strategic plan area and thereafter, made suggestions for action items that would help accomplish those goals, only to repeat the process again in their second and third sessions.
Many of the items within the draft Strategic Plan received support, as well as new items being suggested. The evening also allowed for an informal opportunity for Staff and residents to discuss more immediate questions and concerns that were addressed that night or receiving proper follow up. To access the notes from that evening click on the area of focus below:
- Business Job Growth/Downtown & Main St. Revitalization
- Planned, Quality Growth
- Community Infrastructure & Traffic Safety
- Public Safety
- Parks, Streetscapes & Recreational Opportunities
- Community Outreach, Communication & Participation
Although City Council Members were in attendance and had the opportunity to hear input first hand, the next step will consist of them reviewing staff’s notes of the input provided. The Council expects to begin their work on the strategic plan during a work session at its May 8th City Council Meeting.
Residents that may have missed the meeting, but would like to provide feedback can still email firstname.lastname@example.org.