Oakley Consults with Residents
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Tuesday, April 24th the City of Oakley held a Community wide Strategic Planning Meeting to consult with residents about Oakley’s future direction. Mayor Romick opened the event saying, this year’s process is different in that it included residents. “ Tonight you will be doing what the Council does, evaluate the goal, brainstorm action items to accomplish the goal, and then prioritize those ideas.” He added, “Your input is invaluable to us and will help us improve our operations and prioritize the actions that matter most to our residents,” encouraging them to speak up during the evening.
The City’s outreach efforts were extensive including placing message trailer reminders along busy streets about the meeting, an email to residents from the Mayor, flyers having been distributed to schools, churches, service clubs, and other community groups along with a letter requesting they in turn invite their membership, as well as announcements on the City’s website, marquee, and social media outlets. In all the efforts turned out about 100 residents.
Attendees had the opportunity to attend two group discussions of their choice among the following six options available: economic development/downtown revitalization, traffic safety, public safety, planned quality growth, parks, streetscapes & recreation, and lastly, community outreach, communication and participation. Within their breakouts they reviewed the goal for their area and thereafter made suggestions for action items that would help accomplish those goals and prioritized the list, only to repeat the process again in their second session.
The nights most popular sessions during both rounds were Planned, Quality Growth and Economic Development/Downtown Revitalization. Many of the comments and discussion items for both sessions were related to each other, with much attention being focused on Oakley’s potential for an identity in agriculture (specifically viticulture), a destination related to the shoreline and marina, and the desire to bring Oakley’s diverse population together in a physical place. Other popular topics included the needs for a new library/museum, a community center, a wine festival, and future equestrian events. Specific to Economic Development, ideas presented included retention and expansion programs for the small businesses in the community and creating a Downtown comprised of quality specialty restaurants and retailers.
Although City Council Members were in attendance and had the opportunity to hear input first hand, the next step will consist of City staff transferring the night’s notes onto a document that will be made available to all through the City’s website before the week’s end. To access the unedited notes upon being posted, please check back and look under the City Council Meeting tab. 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. To continue to stay informed regarding the follow up from this meeting as well as other City news should like the City’s Facebook page (www.ci.oakley.ca.us) or sign up for their weekly e-newsletter through the City’s website (www.ci.oakley.ca.us).
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