City Council Priorities for 2021

Each year, the City Council reviews its priorities for the year at its annual Council Retreat. A Council priority is defined as a topic that will receive significant attention during the year. Typically, priorities have a three-year time limit, although some may continue beyond that time period.

We are once again asking the Palo Alto community to share their choice of City priorities ahead of the retreat. The City values your engagement. Input received through this platform will be provided to the City Council. Please share "Your Priorities" by Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at noon.

Share Your Priorities

View the City Council Retreat Staff Report(PDF, 581KB) highlighting past Council priorities and community input gained to help inform this discussion.

Economic Recovery

This City Council priority is regarding COVID-19 impacts and public health, internal City-agency improvements and fiscal sustainability, and external recovery for private industries and local neighborhoods.

Housing for Social and Economic Balance

This City Council priority is a focus on affordable and workforce housing, funding and achievable plans.

Social Justice

This City Council priority is a commitment to the implementation of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Climate Change - Protection and Adaptation

This City Council priority is an adherence to a strong action plan to fulfill the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Previous City Council Priorities


  • Housing, with special emphasis on affordability
  • Sustainability, in the context of the changing climate
  • Improving mobility for all


  • Climate change
  • Grade separation (choose preferred alternative by end of the year)
  • Traffic and transportation
  • Fiscal sustainability


  • Transportation
  • Housing
  • Budget and finance (create an infrastructure funding plan)
  • Grade separation (choose preferred alternative by end of year)


  • Transportation
  • Housing
  • Infrastructure
  • Healthy City, Healthy Community
  • Budget and finance


  • The Built Environment: Housing, Parking, Livability, and Mobility
  • Infrastructure
  • Healthy City, Healthy Community
  • Completion of the Comprehensive Plan 2015-2030 Update