City Council Priorities for 2022

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.

Thank you to the community members that shared their feedback on 2022 Council priorities by emailing the Council, sharing thoughts at the retreat, and/or filling out the online survey.

On Saturday, February 5, 2022 the City Council selected the following priorities:

Economic Recovery and Transition

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As part of the 2022 priorities setting, which took place February 5, 2022, City Council adopted Economic Recovery and Transition and Community Health and Safety, which closely align with this original 2021 priority. Work plan adaptation to these priorities will be considered in the coming months. This specific priority includes looking at a cohesive vision for our commercial cores.

Read the latest progress report on the Community and Economic Recovery plan.(PDF, 298KB)


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Climate Change – Protection and Adaptation

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In early 2020, the City of Palo Alto launched an update to the Sustainability and Climate Action Plan (S/CAP) to develop the strategies needed to meet our goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2030 and other community-wide sustainability goals. This priority will further this and related work, including the Sustainability and Climate Action Plan Ad Hoc Committee work plan to help guide the development, implementation, communication, and future community engagement of the S/CAP process. 

Read the latest progress report on the Sustainability and Climate Action Plan.(PDF, 2MB)


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Housing for Social and Economic Balance

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The City Council priority (from 2021) is a focus on affordable and workforce housing, funding, and achievable plans. Work plan adaptation to these priorities will be considered in the coming months.

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Community Health and Safety

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had significant impacts on all communities. As part of the 2022 priorities setting, City Council adopted four revised priorities, two of which are Economic Recovery and Transition and Community Health and Safety, which closely align with this original 2021 Community and Economic Recovery priority. A work plan on this priority will be considered in the coming months.

In Palo Alto, City Council originally provided direction by adopting Community and Economic Recovery as one of four Council priorities at its annual retreat on January 30, 2021 with a resulting work plan adopted in March 22, 2021.

At their retreat, City Council added that this priority should cover crime, mental health, air quality, noise, and a sense of belonging.

Read the latest progress report on the City's Race & Equity work.(PDF, 404KB)


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Retreat Documents and Meeting Recording