Every year, the Town Council identifies its Strategic Priorities as an initial step in the budget development process. The Strategic Priorities discussion is an important opportunity for the community’s priorities to be reflected in the development of the coming years budget.
In January 2019, the Town Council determined the Strategic Priorities for 2019-2021, providing guidance to Town staff on workload prioritization. The Town Council reaffirmed its Core Goals of Community Character, Good Governance, Fiscal Stability, Quality Public Infrastructure, Civic Enrichment, and Public Safety. These Goals guide ongoing municipal services as well as special projects.
Several Strategic Priorities are not one-time projects, but rather are ongoing commitments due to their critical significance to ensure the Town’s fiscal and infrastructure stability and the safety and quality of life for Los Gatos residents, businesses, and visitors. These commitments include continuing to address the Town’s unfunded pension and other post-employment benefits (OPEB) obligations; developing Measure B transportation projects so the Town is positioned to receive its fair share of the funds; addressing cut-through traffic; fostering emergency preparedness; and participating in public safety regional communications infrastructure.
In terms of capital projects, the Town Council affirmed its interest in completing the remaining reconstruction of Almond Grove streets, investing in bicycle and pedestrian improvements, and improving the pavement condition of the Town’s streets. In addition, the Council identified new projects which include preparing a comprehensive parking plan, exploring transportation demand management (TDM) ideas (such as the prospect of a community shuttle), and piloting a one-way street in downtown.
Other Strategic Priorities position the Town for its future. The Council continues the General Plan Update to engage the community in land use planning and policies to guide development for the next couple of decades. Other Priorities address legal mandates and enhancing community vitality.
The following illustrates the Strategic Priorities adopted for FY 2019-21. Some of these priorities were acted upon during FY 2018/19 and the remaining items are included in the Operating and Capital Budget for FY 2019/20.