Goals of the City of Ashland
Community Values Statement
The citizens of Ashland value a City government that helps create an environment within which they are able to live happy and productive lives. This includes a healthy and sustainable environment; an opportunity to acquire the basic necessities of life; a sound infrastructure that meets our common needs for transportation, energy, information and communications, health care, water and waste management; and a variety of social, recreational, business and cultural opportunities.
The citizens want their government to respect our diverse people, natural environment, and rich heritage and culture; and to promote citizen involvement, initiative, innovation and a strong sense of community.
2004 - 2005 GOALS
1. Continue to help commissions and committees become more effective through resources and training opportunities; develop training program for commission volunteers in meeting management, goal setting, group dynamics, and ethics.
2. Adopt a process to meet LCDC Goal 1 Participation goal requirement.
3. Complete Charter review and update process.
4. Develop Riparian Ordinance.
5. Pursue water quality and temperature improvements through an active storm water management program including bioswales, storm-ceptors, maintenance programs, tree planting, link to the riparian zones, erosion control programs and "creek clean-ups."
6. Develop Urban Forestry Plan.
7. Establish a stronger, formalized role for the City in the stewardship of entire Ashland Watershed.
8. Derive a specific list of '04 action items from the Housing Action Plan and Needs Analysis with reasonable, measurable marks of progress.
9. Design implementation of local Economic Development program, based on current Comprehensive Plan, Policy 3.
10. Continue master planning of large undeveloped properties.
11. Develop planning framework for future development of North Normal area.
12. Evaluate and create plan for remodel of Council Chamber (meet various concerns: seating, sound, design, web access).
13. Enhance revenue and services from AFN to strengthen its viability.
14. Enhance water supply and conservation by:
15. Develop a five-year plan to identify, fund and fully integrate all information technology functions within the organization, including upgrades to LaserFiche, GIS, utility billing software, web interface modules and more. (Invest in and utilize the most appropriate software to maintain, improve, and enhance internal work performance thereby providing the best possible service to Ashland citizens)
16. Complete a communications coverage study for fire department radio communications.
17. Establish a Public Safety Advisory Committee to provide public input on police and fire issues.
18. Develop strategy to educate residents about City's emergency procedures in the event of wildfire (Fire, Police and Public Works Departments: evacuate, relocate, shelter, communications with the public).
19. Improve safety of existing at grade RR crossings and develop a plan to improve the Hersey St./N. Laurel St. crossing.
20. Improve pedestrian and traffic safety based on the 3-Es – Education, Enforcement and Engineering at Wimer Street and North Main.
21. Measurably improve traffic safety in neighborhoods (Pedestrians, auto, bicycle, sidewalks, school zones, speed limits, crosswalk safety).
22. Evaluate TTPC Plan and develop action plan for items adopted.
23. Identify and acquire land for transit station.
24. Map water capacity and its sources in the watershed and enhance protection of it. In partnership, implement an enhanced monitoring program (begin monitoring).
25. Improve public trail system by developing a comprehensive trails master plan, which addresses minimizing public/private conflicts. Plan should include the Bear Creek Greenway (Dog Park to Mountain Ave. Park). (Plan should discuss range of tools to obtain access and ways to estimate construction costs and costs to obtain easements.)
26. Adopt Dark Sky Ordinance that reduces light pollution throughout the City on public and private property.
27. Continue to provide information to the community and foster discussion on growth and planning issues, with an emphasis on historic preservation, annexation requirements, State land use law, infill policy and impacts related to density, rate of growth, development standards, and processes.
28. Develop performance measures program for all city departments.
29. Review and adjust target fund balances to respond to current operations.
30. Review and considerstrategies in the health and human services plan.
31. Complete the update of the downtown plan.