Opportunity to Rank 2021 Council Priorities and Share Input

Published on January 14, 2021

City Council Priorities 2021

Each year, Palo Alto City Council reviews its priorities for the year ahead 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.

The Council Priorities for 2020 were:

  • Housing: with an emphasis on affordable housing
  • Sustainability: in the context of the changing climate
  • Mobility: improving mobility for all.

For more detailed information on the 2020 City Council Priorities, read CMR 11034 - Discussion and Selection of 2020 Council Priorities.

What is Different This Year?
The National Citizen Survey, not conducted in 2019, was launched in 2020 and is currently collecting similar information on community priorities for Palo Alto. The survey was open to a random sampling of residents last month and will open to the public for general responses later this month. With this additional layer of feedback, the Council will have even more community input on their upcoming decisions on priorities and could help inform the budget process and other annual City processes and decision-making. Community feedback is an important aspect of City Council decision-making processes and there are many opportunities to express your input and ideas on upcoming community issues.

This online community survey seeks to help the Council rank the list of priorities that the Policy and Services Committee has forwarded for Council consideration at their retreat. Input received through this platform will be provided to the City Council in preparation for their retreat. The Council retreat agenda and meeting details will be posted online several days in advance of the retreat here: cityofpaloalto.org/councilagendas.

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