Community engagement and civic participation is an important priority for the City and several community engagement options and ongoing communication on city programs, services and events are available to help inform City Council decision-making. The City uses a range of engagement approaches such as online surveys, polls, Annual Community Survey, neighborhood town halls, issue-specific town halls, focus groups, community meetings and workshops, and boards and commissions and City Council meetings. These engagement opportunities also support the implementation of the City’s workplans, and enhance City services and programs. The City uses a range of engagement approaches such as online surveys, polls, Annual Community Survey, neighborhood town halls, issue-specific town halls, focus groups, community meetings and workshops, and boards and commissions and City Council meetings.
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Palo Alto Community Survey
Every couple years, the City seeks community wide feedback through the Palo Alto Community Survey. The 2022 Palo Alto Community Survey process is starting soon and is a critical community feedback tool that helps the City Council and City staff understand community perspectives on current services and programs, as well as unmet needs and priorities. The survey is one way among many through which we gain insights from residents throughout our community. The survey is initially sent out via mail to a sample of registered voters that are a statistically valid population of Palo Alto. The survey is then later opened to the public online. Please participate when the survey is available to you to help inform the coming year's City Council priorities and provide valuable insight for staff to better understand community priorities. This year, the statistically valid sample size survey is available to residents in the mail October 2022.
In addition to the City's Palo Alto Community Survey, Avenidas recently conducted their own Older Persons Satisfaction Survey. If you receive an invitation to both, please fill out both surveys as information gathered will be used to help inform both the City and Avenidas in different ways.
Looking for previous year survey results?
2020 Palo Alto Community Survey (Formerly National Citizens Survey). The City Auditor's Office used to manage the Community Survey process. For previous surveys, go here.
Neighborhood Town Hall
In partnership together, the City of Palo Alto, City Council, Palo Alto Neighborhoods, and community leaders are hosting a series of town halls to connect, hear about City updates, and gain input on neighborhood issues. The first Neighborhood Town Hall this calendar year is coming up in mid-October. Check back for other meetings being hosted soon in other neighborhood areas.
Join the City of Palo Alto and Neighborhood Leaders for an upcoming Neighborhood Town Hall with the neighborhood areas of Barron Park, Barron Square, Greenacres I, Greenacres II, Palo Alto Orchards and Monroe Park. The event is being co-hosted by neighborhood leaders and Mayor Burt and Vice Mayor Kou.
Date and Time: Wednesday, October 12, 2022, 6 - 8 p.m.
UPDATED Location: Juana Briones Elementary School, 4100 Orme Street, Palo Alto
Watch/Listen-In: Livestreaming will be available at: https://www.youtube.com/c/cityofpaloalto. Virtual attendees are encouraged to submit questions in advance of the meeting by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Virtual comments or questions during the meeting will not be available.
Meeting Topics: Traffic Issues, Crime Update, and Brief updates on Housing Element, local elections/Measure K&L and Sustainability priorities, Creekside Inn Prescreening Process
City Service Feedback
As a learning organization, the City of Palo Alto invites and encourages your feedback. We continuously strive to meet the expectations of our community and pride ourselves in service excellence. Please use this opportunity to engage with staff by providing your feedback on our customer service, programs, and other services provided to the public.
Submit Service Feedback Here
Open Town Hall
Open Town Hall is an online forum for civic engagement. You are invited to read what others are saying about important Palo Alto topics, then post your own statement. The comments will be available to city officials making decisions on these topics.
Palo Alto Digital Forum
In 2021, the City launched the Palo Alto Digital Forum utilizing ESRI, an ArcGIS platform, to better engage residents and businesses through community mapping. The Digital Forum serves as a hub for the community to stay informed, engage, and connect together on key Palo Alto initiatives. Join the conversation and share this new platform with your community networks. Check back regularly as new features and initiatives are added, including a new hub focused on Sustainability and Climate Action!
Palo Alto Digital Forum
Community Engagement Events
Find other engagement events, workshops, and more on the City's web calendar.
Are you looking to provide website feedback? Fill out the Website Feedback form.
Other Resources to Engage
City Council Meeting Agendas
Board and Commissions